Vauxhall Astra VXR – another leaf in the hat

To begin with, the car comes with the 2.8 liter V6 Turbo ECOTEC engine which is very, very fast. This is where we are talking about the car with 321 horsepower that gets you from zero to hundred in 5.6 seconds. Its top speeds at 170 miles per hour which in any class is considered top of its segment. On paper it is way faster than the Impreza WRX already and with an all-wheel drive system, it certainly gives the Japanese supercar maker something to worry about.

The handling of the car is managed by its Adaptive 4×4 system which is also mated with an electronic eLSD (electronic Limited Slip Differential) concept. All of these are then fitted into its nicely looking design which is translated from its family brand the Opel and looks similar to the Opel GTC Coupe concept unveiled 2 years ago. Design aside, the performance of the car is something to really shout about. That is because, being a 4 wheel drive means it must have the throttle to handle the 300 over horses well and unlike the Impreza Hatchback, this vehicle actually impresses in all areas although the engine roar might need a little amplification to signal your arrival.

You will also get some nice looking upholstery inside with black leather Recaro seats included as standard. The only setback about this car is that while the acceleration is very impressive, you feel that the car ‘slows down’ after driving for some time which can be quite disappointing.

Essentially this car do look somewhat like a sedan although it does not feel anything like it. Do not expect the usual wheel spins and such when driving this car because it is not all about power. As a matter of fact, the people at GM have pack some very nice performance into this car. Just like its other models, it is meant to target those of you who like a fast car but without the overly noise engine. Most importantly, it is meant to give you that unique character of driving a great car with superior technology.