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  Vauxhall Astra VXR
2004 - 2010
Vauxhall Astra VXR
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Vauxhall Astra VXR Vauxhall Astra VXR Vauxhall Astra VXR Vauxhall Astra VXR

Specification
Metric   Imperial
 
General
Class Hothatch
Body 2 Door 2+2 Seat
Coupe
Layout Front Engine
Front Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Number Built  
Engine
Type Conventional
Details Turbo 4 cyl
Capacity
122 in3 
Max Power
237 bhp @rpm 
Max Torque
230 lb/ft @rpm 
Power to Weight
173 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
168 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 119 bhp/litre 
Compression 8.8:1 
Bore x Stroke
3.39 X 3.39 in 
Fuel Cons
30 mpg 
Emissions  
Performance
Top Speed
148 mph 
0 - 30 mph
2.6 sec 
0 - 60 mph
6.3 sec 
0 - 100 mph
16.0 sec 
0 - 124 mph
 
0 - 186 mph
 
30 - 70 mph
5.6 sec 
Standing qtr Mile
15.0sec @96mph 
60 - 0 mph
 
0 - 100 - 0 mph
21.1 sec 
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn 0.80 g 
Drag Cd 0.34 
Dimensions
Length
168.9 in 
Width
 
Height
 
Weight
3071 lbs 
Wheels (F/R) 8 X 18
8 X 18 
Tyres (F/R) 225/40 R18
225/40 R18 
Fuel Capacity
11.7 gal 
Pricing (2016)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £5000 - £10000
 
Profile

Some say that 237bhp in a front drive car may be pushing the boundaries too much but the Mk IV Astra VXR proves this is not the case. Handling may be edgy on the limit (even though Lotus had a hand in the development) and the power can arrive at all once, but the Astra can deliver a bucket load of thrills in the hands of a skilled driver.

Outright cornering is superb thanks to complex suspension components and the selectable 'sport' mode sharpens the Vauxhall's responses even further. The Astra is a great looking coupe, from the outside! But despite the excellent Recaros' the interior is disappointing, even in a sub 20k hot hatch.


Ratings
 
Overall Rating Money No Object Bargain Rating BHP/ (x1000)
70% 66% 31% 32
Ranks 355 of 771 Ranks 497 of 771 Ranks 21 of 771 Ranks 25 of 771

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