Thursday 30 January 2014

Road - Extreme Astra

10 years after it launched the VXR brand Vauxhall has revealed that it will invest in a low production run of  Vauxhall Astra VXR EXTREME cars based on the competition Cup Car which is currently used in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship.

The current Astra VXR already produces 280 PS and 400 Nm of torque, but as yet there are no details of Vauxhall’s plans for the EXTREME, although they have admitted to a “liberal use of high-quality carbon components”. The new car is expected to be shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

But does this herald a return to rallying? Don’t hold your breath. It’s over 20 years since the company was officially involved in rallying before devoting more attention to the BTCC.

Hopes were raised that it would make a comeback when it introduced an R2 rally version of the Vauxhall Adam 18 months ago, but so far any plans for a one-make series has come to nought.

Still, this one looks quite tasty for a road car.

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