The 280PS hot hatch was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this week complete with 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine delivering 400Nm of torque.
Vauxhall has posted impressive figures for the Astra VXR; a top speed of 155mph and 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds puts it firmly in the hot hatch territory.
It looks the part as well, with the new, three-door Vauxhall Astra GTC coupe providing the basis for the new addition to the VXR range.
Vauxhall has added 19″ alloy wheels, side skirts, new front and rear bumpers and sports exhausts to the exterior to give it a more performance feel, while inside the car benefits from sports seats and VXR badging.
It also gets a new, bespoke chassis designed for performance, Brembo brakes and Vauxhall’s Flexride system designed to improve control and grip via a series of modes include Sport and VXR mode.
Honed on the world-famous Nurburgring race track, the Vauxhall Astra VXR order books opened this week and several options can be specified including an Aero Pack costing £995 and adding more body kit and interior modifications.
Vauxhall says the car is cheaper and more powerful than its main rival, the Volkswagen Scirocco R, while Ford’s Focus RS has not even been confirmed for production yet.
With the new Vauxhall Astra VXR, Vauxhall hopes to steal a march on its performance rivals by offering power at an affordable price, according to the brand.
The new Vauxhall Astra VXR costs from £26,995 and the first deliveries will arrive at Vauxhall UK dealerships in July 2012.