Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme Pushes 296HP to Front Wheels

Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme Pushes 296HP to Front Wheels

Vauxhall will be heading to this year’s Geneva Motor Show with its most powerful front-wheel-drive model yet, the Astra VXR Extreme.

Based on last year’s Astra Cup race car, the Astra VXR Extreme features a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 296 hp and is a street-legal race counterpart to the Astra VXR. The all-aluminum powerplant is the most powerful four-cylinder engine Vauxhall has ever created and it will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission equipped with a limited-slip differential.

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Compared to the standard Astra VXR, the Extreme model is 220 lbs lighter thanks to some carbon fiber components including a rear wing, a rear diffuser, a front spoiler, the hood, suspension braces, engine cover, wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation and even the roof.

Braking performance has been amped up too with a set of Brembo six-piston calipers up front. Inside, Astra has stripped the interior, removing the rear seats and installing a roll bar in its place. A set of Recaro bucket seats cradle both the driver and passenger who are both held in by six-point harnesses.

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