Printer Friendly

VXR; Vauxhalls are high-performance.

VAUXHALL is planning to play its sporty rivals at their own game with the introduction of a host of high-performance models bearing the VXR badge.

Latest to join the fray is the new red hot Astra VXR model, which costs pounds 18,995 and boasts scorching 0-60mph acceleration of just over six seconds and a top speed in excess of 150mph.

That price gives the Astra more performance per pound than any other model.

With a whopping 240bhp generated by the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, it comfortably out-performs rivals such as the Honda Civic Type-R.

The performance is kept under control by a re-tuned chassis developed in conjunction with Lotus, while the vented front discs are the biggest ever fitted to any Vauxhall other than the Monaro.

Based on the standard three-door Astra Sport Hatch, the Astra VXR is distinguished by its exclusive 18in alloys, body-coloured V-grille, ground hugging side skirts, "egg-crate" front grille, rear spoiler and revised bumper assemblies plus some neat detail touches including colour-coded front and rear brake callipers.

And it's a similar story with the larger Vectra family model, costing pounds 23,995, with 227bhp for a 0-60mph time of 6.9 seconds and a 161mph top speed, comfortably out-performing Ford's rival Mondeo ST220.

The sporty VXR badge has even been added to the seven-seat Zafira, which scorches to 60mph from rest in just over seven seconds and has a top speed of 145mph. Costing just pounds 120 more than the GSi model that it replaces, the VXR has a list price of pounds 21,895.

Topping the pile is the awesome pounds 37,000 Monaro VXR, which uses the 6.0-litre V8 Corvette engine and records a 0-60mph acceleration in five seconds and a top speed in excess of 180mph. Hugely powerful cars are in great demand now and Vauxhall is keen to establish its VXR badge as a serious rival to the likes of the BMW M models and Mercedes-Benz AMGs.

CAPTION(S):

Vauxhalls are high-performance POWER: The Vectra VXR produces 227bhp for a 0-60mph time of 6.9 seconds and a 161mph top speed
COPYRIGHT 2006 MGN Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2006 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 7, 2006
Words:351
Previous Article:Ford adds S-MAX extras.
Next Article:Brief.
Topics:

Terms of use | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters