Vauxhall Astra VXR to Get 300-HP; Could Be Offered in U.S. as a Buick

Vauxhall Astra VXR to Get 300-HP; Could Be Offered in U.S. as a Buick

In an effort to compete with the impressive Ford Focus RS and Renaultsport Mégane, General Motors is reported to be building a new Vauxhall Astra VXR with as much as 300-hp. So why should you care? Well, because the Astra shares its underpinnings with the Buick Excelle, which recently launched in China and is set to be introduced in the U.S. in the near future, likely wearing the Verano badge.

Buick is reportedly considering bringing over both a hatchback and wagon version of the Excelle, giving us hope that a a 300-hp Buick Excelle/Verano model could be a part of the automaker’s plans. Power would likely come from a turbocharged 2.0-liter through a front-drive setup using an electronic limited slip differential.

And while we’d like to see Buick launch a twin-turbo V6 using the Cadillac CTS Coupe chassis and badge it as a Grand National, perhaps a 300-hp turbo hatch is just what Buick needs to change its image.

[Source: AutoCar]

  • Joshua Birdwell

    I’v Ben 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 mer chance of a turbo 6 from buick. The brand is surpassing all other branches in sails and popularity. To me I think its high time they came out with a new sport car that not only rivals the american auto market, but also captivate the euro market as well. Im not so sure about reviving the Grand national just yet but maybe a variant of it that can still hold up to its legacy.

  • Steve Tedesco

    I like the idea of a 300hp Buick but not in this form!! Regal GS yes all new Buick model with 300hp-NO!! keep the 300hp for a coupe aka Riviera or GNX!! Buick doesnt need a 300hp 2dr hatchback. if they want a compact coupe look at the Saab Bio Hybrid concept. Buick needs premium cars if they want to last! Buick shouldnt be taking Pontiacs place for performance and sport in ALL of their cars. Buick is ellegant,luxury,and mid luxury! Buick needs a large RWD car ala Holden Commodore and large coupe ala Riviera concept and Buick is a finish brand and just build off that. The Verano should be killed before it even makes its offical name–SKYLARK!! Buick should be Skylark,Regal,Lacrosse,(Riviera and Velite RWD),and Enclave! Thats what Buick should be.Next Zeta is Riviera and Velite on Alpha!!

  • Link9454

    Honestly, a hatchback is a stupid car for Buick to make, it could’ve been a Pontiac fine, but alas they aren’t around. I’d prefer a Verano with a special Grand National special edition with the turbo V6 or a really amped up Twin Turbo V4.