Astra-nomical performance with the new VXR

INITIAL details of the next Vauxhall Astra VXR have been released, including power outputs, top speed and equipment.

The car will be based on the Astra GTC, which has already acquired a fine reputation for handling.

Powered by a 276bhp 2.0-litre engine that also pushes out 295lb.ft of torque, its top speed is 155mph - although it’s not yet known whether this is organic or limited.

It will feature a mechanical limited-slip differential in conjunction with Vauxhall’s HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) suspension system to create massive cornering grip, and it’s safe to assume an attempt will be made on the front-wheel-drive Nurburgring lap record in due course.

Also standard will be the FlexRide adaptive suspension system, which incorporates Sport and VXR buttons in order to offer two different stages of harder, more aggressive damping, steering and throttle response settings.

The rest of the current data is visible in these images.

Two exhausts and a swooping boot spoiler give identity to the rear end, while a revised grille is more aggressive at the front.

The Astra VXR will go on display at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the press on March 6.