Vauxhall/Opel tuner Irmscher have unveiled their first attempt at tuning the latest Astra. The Irmscher Astra i1600 is based on the most powerful version of the Astra, the 180bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre, and after some work by Irmscher’s engineers it is now capable of 200bhp. As well as the extra 20bhp Irmscher have found another 65Nm of torque, taking the total to 295Nm (or 217.6 lb-ft).
Irmscher have also developed a new sports suspension that lowers the car’s ride height by 30mm. You then have the choice of “Star Turbo” or “Turbo Star Exclusive” alloys, available in 18 or 20-inch diameter, which help give the Astra a bit more attitude.
Other cosmetic changes include a front spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser that houses quad tail pipes, a roof spoiler, and a new front grille finished in carbon effect. The final touch is a set of Irmscher side stripes and thick bonnet stripes.
On the inside, the Astra packs a set of Irmscher sports seats, and features new door panels and center armrests that are covered in premium leather and finished in a matching color.