By Mark Kleis
Friday, Nov 4th, 2011 @ 11:35 am
 
For small car enthusiasts around the world the recent news of the Ford Focus and Fiesta ST models was sure to please, but today Vauxhall ups the ante even more with a beastly new hot hatch - the all-new Astra VXR.

The all-new Astra VXR promises to be the fastest and most powerful production Vauxhall ever created, boasting a staggering 280 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot that enables a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

You may recall that Leftlane brought you live images of the all-new Astra GTC when it debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, along with a promise that a VXR would be coming later. The VXR is actually based on the same platform and bodywork as the already hopped-up GTC, but with a serious increase in power and even more aggressive styling.

Compared to the GTC, however, Vauxhall promises unique chassis modifications, as well as exclusive access to a specially developed mechanical limited slip differential driving the car's front wheels.

Other upgrades beyond even the GTC include more powerful, Brembo brakes, as well as the FlexRide fully adaptable system. FlexRide offers a Sport mode button and a VXR button that allows for two stages of damper, throttle and steering control for extremely spirited driving.

Cosmetically, the VXR differs from the GTC thanks to a unique body kit all the way around, including front and rear bumpers, side skirts, roof spoiler and two exhaust tips formed in a trapeze shape. The interior benefits from totally unique performance bucket seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and VXR badging throughout.