A FAMILY hatch that can outrun any rival? That’s what Vauxhall is promising with the Astra VXR Extreme.
The car, dubbed the fastest production Astra yet, will be a star of the Vauxhall stand at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
It will eventually go into production as part of the celebrations marking 10 years of Vauxhall’s VXR performance brand, which launched in 2004. But any business driver tempted by the extreme machine will need to get their order in early as Vauxhall says volumes will be low.
And while some might regard this car as the perfect wheels for the motorway trawl, Vauxhall insists that its natural environment will be the race track. The Extreme is effectively a street legal version of the Astra Cup race cars that competed in the 2013 Nurburgring Endurance Championship in Germany.
Those cars produce 296bhp, and while Vauxhall is not yet quoting power levels for the Extreme, they will be significantly more than the 276bhp and 295lbft of torque of the stock Vauxhall Astra VXR.
Add in the serious weight saving of the Extreme thanks to widespread use of competition composite material carbonfibre, and this will be a seriously quick hatch.
Several are likely to find their way into competition, particularly as their specification will include an integrated safety structure, racing seats and six-point safety belts.
Vauxhall will be revealing more info on the Extreme, and hopefully its price, just before the car’s Geneva show debut.