Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme revealed

* Street-legal version of Astra racing car * Rumoured to have 325bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine * Gets stripped-out cabin with racing seats...

Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme revealed

The Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme concept previews a limited-edition car, set to be the most powerful production Astra ever.

The VXR Extreme will be powered by the same 2.0-litre petrol engine as the standard VXR, although it’s rumoured to be tuned to 325bhp, a 49bhp increase on the current hot hatch. It gets a six-speed manual gearbox, a mechanical limited-slip differential up front, plus adjustable suspension.

The concept is based on the 296bhp Astra Cup car that contested last year’s Nurburgring 24-hour race. The Cup car has a lightweight bodyshell, with composite doors and bonnet, plus a carbonfibre roof, rear wing, and front splitter. The VXR Extreme gets the same treatment, which means it’s 100kg lighter than the standard VXR. It also gets deeper bumpers, plus a rear diffuser that houses dual twin exhaust tailpipes.

In the cabin, there are Recaro bucket seats covered in leather and suede, as well as six-point safety belts. The rear seats have been removed to save even more weight, and a roll cage structure has been added in their place. The steering wheel is wrapped in suede, and gets a yellow-stitched dead-ahead marker.

The Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme was officially unveiled at the Geneva motor show in early March. Vauxhall says it plans a low-volume production run if public reaction is positive.