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With over 295bhp generated from its 2.0-litre turbo engine, the Astra VXR Extreme will be the most powerful front-wheel drive Vauxhall (Opel) ever.

03 Mar 2014 | International News : U.K.

The Extreme's 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine is the most powerful four-cylinder unit Vauxhall has ever produced
Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the Vauxhall (known as Opel locally) Astra VXR Extreme is derived from last year's Astra Cup race car that competed in the Nurburgring Endurance Championship. With over 295bhp in its taps, the Extreme is lighter and more powerful than the current Astra VXR - despite being street legal.

The Extreme tips the scales a 100kg lighter thanks to liberal use of high-quality carbon components, and the performance hatchback will be produced in small numbers if public reaction is positive. 

High-quality carbon fibre is used for several components including the aerodynamically optimised rear wing, diffuser, front spoiler and bonnet among others.

The Extreme's centre of gravity is lower thanks to in house manufactured carbon fibre roof which weighs just 2.6kg. The wings are made of aluminium and weigh only 800g a piece. Weight reduction in key areas has improved the hatchback’s agility, handling and power-to-weight ratio.

A Brembo six-piston brake system including 370mm diameter discs up front provides ample stopping power. Ultra high-performance 245/35 19-inch tyres play a vital 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 rear seats have been replaced with a safety roll bar. Occupants are housed on Recaro bucket seats, with six-point safety belts from Schroth and a carbon fibre reinforced, suede-covered steering wheel with fine yellow decorative stitching.

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