Following on from all of the speculation about numbers of GSI/SRI-T's I want peoples opinions as to why Vauxhall feel that their hottest hatches have to be so exclusive.
In a hot hatch war where manufacturers are trying to squeeze as much BHP (or cheat slightly with PS) out of their cars, why did Vauxhall choose to limit the numbers built on their quickest Astras?
If we ignore the Coupe T which is in a different race to the hot hatch, why is it that at best I can only buy a brand new 2.2 150BHP SRI? Back when the SRI-T was released it had a huge power advantage on paper on its closes rivals, and could have been improved on like the Clio 172/182 to make sure they were always one step ahead. Im not sure of what kind of power the GSI has (210?) but as far as I know, the recently updated Cupra R with 225BHP is the hottest on paper. Im sure Vauxhall could have easily matched that and gone slightly further.
For people who like to brag about BHP what are they going to choose, a 170BHP ST170 or 150BHP SRI? I have driven both of these cars and know that the SRI actually feels quicker due to better gearing but Mr BHP probably wouldn't even bother testing the SRI.
Did Vauxhall give up with trying to sell the Astra as a hot hatch when sales were poor, or when they started to work on the MK5? Did they feel that they could make cars as exclusive as Aston Martins? Did the good sales of the Corsa make them realise they should try to make the Corsa sporty? Or have I missed on out something blatantly obvious? ops:
So many questions, so many errors no doubt .
So then what does everyone else think?