Vauxhall’s VXR brand doesn’t do diesels. However, Lincolnshire-based dealer group Thurlby Motors has set out to prove that there’s potential for a fast and entertaining oil-burner by producing the Astra 888.
The dealer is offering 100 examples of a specially-tuned 1.9-litre CDTi Astra, which has been developed by Vauxhall’s British Touring Car Championship racing team, Triple Eight Motorsport. Each one features bespoke springs and dampers, BTCC-style 18in alloy wheels and massive 335mm front disc brakes with four-pot callipers.The cars will also wear Vauxhall’s VXR styling kit, and will be available in red, silver, metallic black and white.
What's it like?
Thurlby has fitted a two-stage engine management system to the 1.9-litre turbodiesel, upping its power output from 149bhp to 160 in normal mode, and to 195bhp when you hit the car’s Sport button. In that mode, the engine also produces 300lb ft of torque.