Autocar is reporting that the new Vauxhall Astra VXR three-door hatch will be going up against the Ford Focus RS and the Renaultsport Megane.

Sources say that Vauxhall wants to make up the ground lost to the Focus RS by making a hot 300 horsepower Astra VXR.

“The VXR brand is about extreme performance. It’s safe to say that the next Astra will build on where the current car is and react to market trends. It’ll be quite a power hike over the current car,” said an insider to Autocar.

Vauxhall engineers believe that they can achieve this 63 horsepower upgrade by tuning the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor, rather than using a V6.

Like the Focus RS, the Astra VXR will get front-wheel drive; so expect it to have some sort of electronic differential to help cope with the power and torque.

Yet, despite this big gain, Ford is one step ahead once again. The next RS is said to be a hybrid, which will combine a 250 horsepower motor with an electric motor. Compared to that, the Astra’s power plant seems a bit dull.

The Astra VXR won’t go on sale until next year. The exterior design will likely be close to the Astra Sport Coupe that will be shown in Paris in September, but with bigger wheel arches and a larger rear spoiler.

The Vauxhall VXR brand has been a big hit in Europe, with over 3,000 models sold in 2009.

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Source: Autocar

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7 comments:

  (442) posted on 08.15.2012

The only difference is it has a capacity to produce 300 horsepower. The style looks so common and it’s quite too bulky.

  (507) posted on 05.27.2011

The good thing about Vauxhall is that it doesn’t released a car after another but when they debut a car you wouldn’t stop looking at it just like on this car.

  (364) posted on 06.20.2010

This car handles like an absolute dog in standard 240bhp form, I dread to think how bad it’s going to be with 300bhp going through the front wheels!

  (666) posted on 06.17.2010

I’ve been a buick lover for most my life and at the age of 22 it ust to be hard to say till recently. My love has always been the 87 gnx and would jump at the merc. chance of a turbo 6 from buick.

  (205) posted on 06.16.2010

Basically, I don’t think this car have the extreme performance, but am impress that they achieve the 63 horsepower upgrade by tuning the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor, rather than using a V6.

  (313) posted on 06.16.2010

Meh, the Focus RS will have both of these for breakfast. That 300bhp Astra must handle like a tank on ice.

  (228) posted on 06.15.2010

Great design but it’s rear end is to high just like the Mitsubishi Lancer Sports Back. But it looks nice though.

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