The Astra VXR Extreme will be the most powerful front-wheel drive Vauxhall ever made when it’s unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. With almost 300hp generated from its 2.0-litre turbo engine, expect it to be one quick Astra. The VXR Extreme is derived from the Astra Cup car that competed in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship.
That all-aluminium, 2.0-litre turbo engine has been paired with a six-speed manual on board, featuring a limited slip differential on the front axle which will manage and dictate power delivery.
The VXR Extreme will tip the scales 100kg lighter than the VXR, thanks to the liberal use of carbon components. It is found in the aerodynamically-optimised rear wing, the diffuser, front spoiler, bonnet, suspension cross-bracing, engine cover, wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation and roof. As a result of these changes the center of gravity is lowered and it greatly improves agility and overall handling.
With all the extra power, Vauxhall have partnered with Brembo to provide a six-piston brake system including large 370mm diameter discs up front to provide the stopping power. Ultra high-performance, 19-inch tires were specially developed for the Extreme and give almost as much grip as those on the race car.
Inside the VXR Extreme are a pair of Recaro seats with six point safety belts from Schroth, moving further back into the rear the back seats have been taken out and a safety roll bar put in their place. All that, and it’s thankfully it is still (Euro) street legal.