2010 Astra VXR To Get Smaller Engine?

Vauxhall Astra VXRUPDATE – what you were about to read has been proven wrong as the 2011 Astra VXR is tipped to have as much as 300bhp!

In a move that will make hot hatch fans roll their eyes in despair the next generation Astra VXR, due in 2010, will feature a smaller engine! In an attempt to make the hottest Astra more affordable in this current climate of high taxes and pricey fuel, the current 237bhp 2.0-litre engine will be replaced by a new 1.8-litre engine.

However, don’t panic … we’ll actually be getting more power from the new unit. The turbocharged 1.8-litre engine will produce 240bhp, so the 2010 Astra VXR will keep the fiery temperament of the current model with a 0-60mph time of six seconds and a top speed of 150mph. Not only that, but you’ll generic celebrex no prescription also be getting better fuel economy and kicking out fewer harmful emissions, although official figures aren’t released yet.

There’s also a possibility of an oil-burning VXR. Vauxhall’s new Insignia, a replacment for the Vectra due next year, will feature a range of new 2.0-litre CDTI units and there’s a chance that the 168bhp version could be fitted to the new Astra. That would give Vauxhall an entry in the undercrowded diesel hot hatch market, with only the Renaultsport Megance dCi and Golf GT TDi offering significant competition.

The next generation of Astra is due to hit showrooms in 2009, with the new VXR following sometime in 2010. Just in time to go head-to-head with the MkVI Golf GTI, which should be interesting!

UPDATE – check out our review of the new Vauxhall Astra and its launch at Millbrook

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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  1. they should be looking at a bigger engine plant lets see what have they got 2.8 twinturbo would be nice– and all wheel drive just to keep it on the road astra vxr should be in every vw golf windscrean lets beet the germans at some thing

  2. I agree – the Insignia’s V6 would be great, it could fill the gap in the market that the Golf R32 left. It’d have a lot more charisma than the current 2.0-litre.

  3. Looking like the new VXR will have a 300bhp 2.0-litre. Not confirmed yet, but Vauxhall want to go chasing after the Focus RS. Sounds like a recipe for fun!

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