Vauxhall’s next fast Astra is set to break new ground in the hot hatchback market, according to GM Europe insiders.
The new car will offer more power, and a more focused chassis and drivetrain hardware, than buyers usually get for their money in this class. A preview for the car was shown last week as the GTC Paris.
The ‘concept’ featured a 287bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, but sources suggest the finished VXR should break through the 300bhp barrier, giving it more power, and greater performance potential, than Ford’s recently discontinued Focus RS.
As well as power, the next Astra VXR should also have greater traction and roadholding than the first. It is rumoured to include a mechanical limited-slip differential for the front wheels, as well as the ‘Hyperstrut’ front suspension developed for the Insignia VXR to combat torque steer.
“The GTC Paris is a great-looking car, and the Astra VXR will look just as great,” said GM Europe’s design chief Mark Adams. “But we’re very anxious not to overpromise and underdeliver with the car. It will definitely not be all show and no go, I promise.”See the video of the Astra GTC concept at the Paris motor show