3. Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme
This car has “extreme” written all over it. . . literally.
Billed as the fastest and most powerful Astra model ever, the Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme previews the brand’s upcoming hot hatch powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with at least 296 hp – the same amount of power in the Astra Cup car that competed in last year’s Nurburgring 24 Hour race. Also borrowed from the race car variant is the automaker’s weight-savings techniques, dropping 220 pounds from the production Astra model with the aid of carbon fiber components on the body and wheels.
It’s not all about under-the-hood performance either, as Vauxhall has given the Astra VXR Extreme upgraded Brembo brakes and a race-inspired interior, removing the back seats and installing a roll bar along with a pair of Recaro seats and six-point harnesses.