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New Vauxhall Astra VXR will boast 'motorsport know-how'

New Vauxhall Astra VXR will boast 'motorsport know-how'

The new Vauxhall Astra VXR will boast impressive speed and power statistics, according to the Luton-based firm.

Data from the carmaker has claimed that the motorsport know-how put into the development of the motors will mean a 0-60mph time of less than six seconds.

Indeed, the car, which has been creating a huge industry buzz, will reach 60mph from a standstill in an impressive 5.9 seconds.

This is in thanks largely to the class-leading 400Nm of torque that stems from the VXR's turbo-charged two-litre direct injection engine.

The VXR also boasts a unique aluminium cylinder head which combined with the new turbocharger helps the car provide the highest specific torque output in its class.

"With a mechanical limited slip differential delivering drive to the front wheels, bespoke Brembo brakes, and dampers developed by performance manufacturer, ZF Sachs, the Astra VXR is also set to raise the bar for in-class dynamics," the firm explained.

Despite the power being put in to the car - which boasts a top speed of 155mph - the VXR will still appeal to the more eco-conscious petrol head.

The firm has released figures which show that thanks to Start/Stop technology, the car offers a 14 per cent reduction in fuel consumption with returns of 34.9 miles per gallon.

As such, emissions have been reduced to 189g per kilometre, which will make the car a hit with green drivers and hardcore hot-hatch fans alike.

"Astra VXR drivers can also look forward to a soundtrack that has been carefully engineered to appeal to enthusiasts, both from inside and outside the car," the firm added.

"A 'jet-like' noise in the mid- to high-end rev-range is likely to be a memorable feature, especially when drivers change up from third to fourth under full throttle."

Posted by Sebastian Turkenburg
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