Geneva 2014 Preview: Opel Astra VXR EXTREME to make debut

Geneva 2014 Preview: Opel Astra VXR EXTREME to make debut image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Opel Press | posted February 03, 2014 07:42

The Astra VXR EXTREME is a low-weight, high-powered hatch based on the Astra Cup race car.

Vauxhall just released the first official image of the Astra VXR EXTREME ahead of the Geneva Motor Show on March 4, 2014.

Derived from the race car used in the Astra Cup at the Nürburgring Endurance Championship, the Astra VXR EXTREME is lighter due to the ‘liberal use of high-quality carbon components’ and will be powered by a 2.0L turbocharged engine producing 280PS and 400Nm of torque.

The EXTREME is a track-oriented, street-legal car that will be the basis for a future low-volume production run by Vauxhall.

It will sport a 6-speed manual transmission, integrated safety structure, racing seats and six-point safety belts.

The Astra VXR EXTREME debut this 2014 marks ten years since the VXR brand was launched in 2004. The Astra VXR is now the best-selling VXR and the UK remains the largest market in Europe for Vauxhall and Opel’s highest powered models.