The Vauxhall Astra VXR Arctic Edition is a final, limited edition tribute to the previous shape Astra, and comes with £2,000 worth of extra kit.
The Vauxhall Astra VXR has been offering hot hatch lunacy on a budget since 2007, but its days were numbered as soon as the bodyshell was revealed. Eventually, a new Astra VXR will supersede this one, but we’re not entirely sure when that will happen.
Black and white paint
Priced from £23,595, the Vauxhall Astra VXR Arctic Edition boasts an extra £1,965 worth of standard equipment, despite a modest premium of just £720 over the price of a regular VXR.
It is available only in Olympic White paint, with the roof, mirror covers, front V-grille, 19-inch alloy wheels and tailgate trim all finished in contrasting black, giving the Arctic Edition a distinctive appearance.
In addition to this unique colour scheme, it also includes heated leather Recaro sports seats and tinted glass among its extras. And for the first time ever on an Astra VXR model, customers will be able to specify a Panoramic Windscreen – though this will cost an extra £920.
No performance upgrades
Unlike the recently announced – and reputedly now entirely sold out – Ford Focus RS 500, the Vauxhall Astra VXR Arctic Edition does not receive any kind of performance boost.
So customers will just have to make do with the standard 237bhp and 236lb ft of torque (pulling power). However, this still means 0-62mph in just 6.2 seconds, and a top speed of 152mph.
On the other hand, the Vauxhall is also considerably less expensive than the Ford.
VXR Power Events
The announcement of the Astra VXR Arctic Edition coincides with the launch of Vauxhall’s new VXR Power Events – where VXR drivers and enthusiasts can take part in a series of driving challenges. These run from April to August, and more information can be found at: http://buyvxrpowerevents.co.uk/
Vauxhall will build just 500 examples of the Astra VXR Arctic Edition, so you should register your interest quickly.
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