Special edition ‘Arctic’ Astra VXR revealed

Only 500 models of the special edition will be produced by the manufacturer and Vauxhall has promised nearly £2,000 worth of equipment added over the standard models, at a cost of £720 more than the Astra VXR.

The white Arctic Edition comes after the thick snow of the winter, but despite the name the hot hatch features a number of summer features.

Vauxhall is offering a panoramic sunroof for the first time on the VXR range complete with a full-length shading system and pull-out sunblinds.

The Astra VXR adds black 19" alloy wheels, heated front seats, tinted glass and mirror covers to the standard VXR equipment, says Vauxhall.

The Arctic Edition comes only in Olympic White with a black painted roof and has a new exterior look thanks to a v-grille and tailgate trim.

However, the manufacturer has promised the same performance as the Astra VXR. The 2.0-litre engine delivers 240PS of power and a top speed of 152mph. Exclusively on the Arctic Edition, the VXR Sports suspension has been updated to make it lower.

The Astra VXR is less refined than Corsa and Insignia versions from the range, but the practical comfort of the interior has been matched with high performance to rival the Volkswagen Golf GTI and new Ford Focus RS 500.

The Vauxhall Astra VXR Arctic Edition is available now for £23,595 on-the-road.