Vauxhall releases first details of most powerful Astra yet

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Vauxhall Astra VXR
Fans of the hot hatches with a griffin badge on the front can rejoice today, with news of the fastest production Vauxhall Astra ever – the VXR.

On sale next year, the VXR follows hot on the heels of the Astra GTC that I drove a couple of weeks back.

The Astra VXR is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine, which produces 280bhp and a mighty 400Nm of torque, enough for it to achieve a top speed of 155mph.

Worried that the GTC chassis might not be up to the power hike? Well according to Vauxhall, the Astra VXR benefits from a number of bespoke chassis modifications, which they claim transform it into a focused, high-performance coupe.

These changes include a specially developed mechanical limited slip differential, which works on the front wheels, brakes developed by Brembo, and standard fitment of Vauxhall's fully adaptive FlexRide system.

To further underline how serious Vauxhall are about this car, much of the chassis sign-off work has been done at the Northern Loop (Nordschleife) of the Nürburgring, and was overseen by Le Mans 24-hour race winner, "Smokin' Jo" Winkelhock.

On the outside, the Astra VXR can be identified from the standard GTC, by the chunkier front and rear bumpers, side skirts, an aerodynamic roof spoiler and two exhaust tail pipes in a trapeze shape.

Inside, the VXR's cabin gets bespoke performance seats with embossed logos in the backs, a flat-bottomed VXR steering wheel and upgraded instruments.

More details including pricing will be announced closer to launch, but we've got a gallery to whet your appetite below.

Vauxhall Astra VXR

Vauxhall Astra VXR