In doing so, it will become the fastest and most powerful production Astra ever built, and one of the most powerful cars in its class. It will be based on the 3-door GTC version, just as the previous instalment was based on the 3-door Sport Hatch.
Powering this monster will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit producing 280PS (the last one had 240). More impressive than this though is the quoted 400Nm of torque, and this will help power the VXR to a top speed of 155mph.
The new VXR will have a lot to set itself apart from the GTC though. There will be a mechanical limited slip differential to work on the front wheels and keep them in check. The GTC itself has a High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) and coupled with the LSD the VXR should have good traction through the bends. Changes will also include Brembo brakes, and the standard fitment of Vauxhall's FlexRide system. But in the VXR, the FlexRide will include not only a ‘Sport’ button, but a ‘VXR’ button also. This gives the driver the choice of two stages of damper, throttle response and steering.
Much of the chassis work was tried and tested at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
The VXR will be set aside visually also. With a full body kit, twin ‘trapeze’ exhaust pipes at the rear and an aerodynamic spoiler, the new VXR certainly looks like it means business. Inside there are some body-hugging Recaro seats, and a flat-bottomed chunky steering wheel. The VXR logo can be seen in various places too; reminding the driver just what lies under the bonnet in front of them.
Prices and further details are expected in the new year.