Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme Pushes 296HP to Front Wheels

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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