Vauxhall has announced its powerful BiTurbo diesel will be fitted across the Astra range
1 August 2012

Vauxhall has added its 2.0-litre BiTurbo diesel engine to the Astra range. The engine is now offered in the hatchback and Sport Tourer range, two months after its first fitment in the Astra GTC.

The Astra BiTurbo Sports Tourer is the most powerful estate car in its class, according to Vauxhall.

Both the BiTurbo hatch and estate record sub-eight second 0-62mph times and top speeds are “in excess” of 135mph. The engine is claimed to be the most potent diesel engine Vauxhall has ever produced.

The BiTurbo engine uses sequential turbocharging to produce 236lb ft from 1250rpm. Peak power is 187bhp. Emissions are rated at 134g/km for both models, while claimed fuel consumption is 55.4mpg on the combined cycle.

The new models are available to order from tomorrow and first deliveries are scheduled for the end of the year. The hatch is priced from £24,095 with a £1015 premium for the Sports Tourer.

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1 August 2012

Excellent news! An Astra Tourer with this engine would make for a great Q-car! Who would expect a diesel Astra estate to boast just shy of 200bhp?


1 August 2012

Does'nt seem as potent as you would expect. Did'nt they have a bi turbo previously shared with Saab et al?

1 August 2012

OK it's produced at just above tickover but the single blower 120d produces 181 bhp and 280 lb/ft. What is all that extra plumbing and expense doing?

1 August 2012

Had a look round the web. Most other motoring sites actually elude to the fact that maximum torque is 295 lb/ft. Makes more sense. You'd think this important snippet might be included in the article, given that the engine is the newsworthy bit.

1 August 2012

I'm not so keen on this facelifted front end.

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