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Full Reveal of Vauxhall’s Radical Geneva Star

PRESS RELEASE 26-02-2014

Luton – With over 300PS generated from its 2.0-litre turbo engine, the Astra VXR EXTREME will be the most powerful front-wheel drive Vauxhall ever when it’s unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Derived from last year’s Astra Cup race car that competed in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship, the EXTREME is the lighter, more powerful street-legal race sibling to the current Astra VXR.

Shorn of 100kg, thanks to liberal use of high-quality carbon components, the EXTREME’s natural environment will be the race track. If public reaction is as positive as expected, Vauxhall plans a low-volume production run for the EXTREME.

Astra Extreme

Astra Extreme

With direct injection and variable camshaft phasing, the EXTREME’s 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine is the most powerful four-cylinder unit Vauxhall has ever produced. The all-aluminium engine is mated to six-speed manual gearbox transmitting power through a limited-slip differential.

The EXTREME is 100kg lighter than a standard Astra VXR thanks to its high-quality, carbon fibre components. This high-strength, ultra-light material is used for the aerodynamically-optimised rear wing, the diffuser, front spoiler, bonnet, suspension cross-bracing, engine cover, wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation and roof.

Astra Extreme

Astra Extreme

Noticeably lowering the EXTREME’s centre of gravity is the in-house manufactured carbon fibre roof which weighs just 2.6kg, compared with a steel roof’s 9.3kg. The wings are made of aluminium and weigh only 800g a piece instead of 2.2kg in steel. Weight reduction in key areas greatly improves agility, overall handling and the car’s power-to-weight ratio.

Vauxhall has also given the EXTREME exceptional stopping power to match, with a Brembo six-piston brake system including 370mm diameter discs up front race car. Ultra high-performance, 245/35, 19-inch tyres, specially developed for the EXTREME, also play a key role and give almost as much grip as those on the race car. In addition, the damper is adjustable, just like in a real touring car racer.

Inside the EXTREME, the back seats have been taken out and a safety roll bar put in their place. EXTREME also gets Recaro bucket seats, with six-point safety belts from Schroth and a carbon-fibre-reinforced, suede-covered steering wheel with fine yellow decorative stitching.

The Astra VXR is now the best-selling VXR and the UK remains the largest market in Europe for Vauxhall and Opel’s highest powered models.

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Astra Extreme

Astra Extreme

Astra Extreme

Astra Extreme

Lid Lifted On ‘Cascada’: First Mid-Size Vauxhall Convertible Since 1930s

Vauxhall Cascada

Vauxhall Cascada

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    >>> First official teaser pics reveal classic lines and mid-size, four-seat body
    >>> First Vauxhall-designed and built mid-sized convertible to be launched post-war
    >>> Move from compact-sized cabrio class; body longer than Audi A5 Convertible

Luton – Vauxhall today revealed the name and first teaser shots of the first new mid-size convertible built and designed by the company for more than 70 years.

Called Cascada, the model is 4.7 metres in length – more than 70mm longer than Audi’s A5 Convertible – with a full-size fabric roof, giving the car a classy and elegant profile, seen in the two official images. The roof can be opened or closed at the touch of a button, even when the car is moving at up to 30mph.
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Astra GTC Set To Rock Mid-Size Coupe Class As Vauxhall Opens Order Books

  • Vauxhall’s mid-size coupe challenger available to order from today
  • Dramatic design will set it apart from rivals – as will sub-£18.5k entry price!
  • Driver-focused chassis layout derived from Insignia VXR and fine-tuned in the UK
  • World debut at next month’s Goodwood Festival, reflecting UK market’s dominance

Luton – These are the first official shots of the new Astra GTC, which will lay down the gauntlet to VW’s Scirocco and Renault’s Megane Coupe with a heady mix of dynamic excellence, dramatic design features and competitive pricing as order books open at Vauxhall retailers today.

Astra GTC

Astra GTC

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New Astra GTC a reality

Vauxhall announces production version of stunning GTC Paris concept

These first images of the GTC may show it in a virtual landscape, but as it races down an imaginary road, real test cars are now running final validation drives – that’s right, the Astra GTC is officially a production reality.

New Astra GTC

New Astra GTC

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Über Corsa Fires Salvo at UK Hot-Hatch Class

  • Max power now up to 205PS*, torque to 280Nm
  • Mechanical LSD for optimum traction
  • Significant upgrades to both chassis and brakes

These are the first official pictures of Vauxhall’s most powerful Corsa ever, the new VXR Nürburgring Edition, which goes on sale in late May and aims to raise the bar in the hot-hatch class for performance and dynamics.

Corsa VXR Nürburgring

Corsa VXR Nürburgring

At the heart of the Nürburgring is a re-worked version of the Corsa VXR’s existing 1.6-litre turbocharged engine which now produces 205PS* at 5,750rpm (up from 192PS) and 250-280Nm of torque (up from 230-266Nm).

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New Zafira Concept Makes World Premiere at Geneva Show

  • Innovative, New Flex7 seating concept creates airy and inviting atmosphere
  • Rakish exterior design reminiscent of a high-speed train
  • High-tech elements create visual drama and ensure highest levels of comfort

Geneva/Luton –These are the first official pictures of Vauxhall’s Zafira Tourer Concept, which makes its world debut at next week’s Geneva Motor Show and gives the strongest hint yet at what a production-ready version may look like.

New Zafira Concept

New Zafira Concept

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World’s First Carwalk

- London traffic comes to standstill as models mount Vauxhall Corsas –

Vauxhall Corsa Car Catwalk

Vauxhall Corsa Car Catwalk

London witnessed its most unusual fashion show this morning as top models strutted their stuff on the world’s first car catwalk.

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Blue-Min’ Tasty VXR Joins New-Look Corsa Range

  • Limited edition Corsa VXR Blue joins new Corsa range
  • High-spec model with big cost saving on equipment vs. standard car
  • Bold styling features complement design refresh from rest of range

Corsa VXR Blue Limited Edition

Corsa VXR Blue Limited Edition


Luton – Hot on the heels of the new-look Corsa range, the Corsa VXR Blue Edition features new styling details, additional kit as standard and a head-turning paintjob, at a price that’ll send its rivals into a spin. Read more

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