Astra VXR faster and cheaper than Golf GTINew Vauxhall hot hatch goes on sale in July

15 May 2012

01 Vauxhall Astra VXR

The new Vauxhall Astra VXR

Vauxhall has confirmed performance statistics for its new Astra VXR hot hatchback.

The most potent Astra goes on sale in the UK in July, with prices to be confirmed closer to the car’s launch, although we expect a price tag of around £25,000.

Astra VXR performance

A 276bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine powers the Astra VXR, enabling it to complete the 0-62mph dash in 5.9 seconds and run on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.

This level of performance is on a par with the hot hatchback benchmark – the Renaultsport Megane Coupé 265 – which takes 6.0 seconds to complete the 0-62mph sprint. And it's a whole second faster past 62mph than a Golf GTi. 

The Astra should also boast decent real-world performance – the car’s engine produces 295lb ft of torque (pulling power) at 2,450rpm, meaning in-gear acceleration will be strong.

02 Vauxhall Astra VXR

The Astra VXR will go on sale in the UK in July

Astra chassis changes

The VXR is based on the three-door Astra GTC but receives a number of modifications over the standard car.

Vauxhall’s High Performance Strut front suspension system is designed to improve steering feel, while a limited-slip differential for the front-wheel-drive hatchback aids grip.

The car is also 10mm lower than a standard Astra GTC and gets Brembo brakes to increase stopping power. A switchable FlexRide system allows the driver to choose between Standard, Sport and VXR modes, altering the suspension’s stiffness and the responsiveness of the accelerator pedal.

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