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    My car... A "Sports car"?

    My brother was flicking through one of his magazines yestaday when he came accross a list of classifying cars.

    Looking down the list he came accross "Vauxhall Astra Sport". "Catagory: Sports Car"

    Now, not meaning to slag my car off... I hardly see a 5 door MK4 as a sports car, even if it is an "Astra Sport".

    So then I thought, Maybe the mean the MK5 Sports Hatch? But I still fail to see this as a sports car.

    Any ideas on why they classed it as a sports car?
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    its 'sporty' maybe
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    hmm. Would an MK4 even fall into the "Hot Hatch" catagory?
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    The Sri 2.2 won "What Car Hot Hatch of the Year" in 2001 - so in it's day the motoring journo's believed it was.

    And the SRiT and GSi certainly are

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    I'd believe having the "sport" model would implement the name sport because of the better handling to a standard astra.... also different cams for the engine maybe to alter where it makes its power and torque....also the seats would probably come into the equation too.
    And some larger width tyres and rims would probably come into it.

    Taking my 1.6 16v Mk3 Sport for example, its hard to drive steadily....as its proper sluggish on the low end.....soon as the engine reaches 2500rpm from slug mode......it sets of suddenly.....i would expect the non sport 1.6 16 astra's to pick up in different places to make driving more easy for in and about town driving.

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    browny sorry to disapoint but engine for engine your engine is no different from a non sport 1.6 16v

    the x16xel is sluggish below 2500-3000 rpm even in the mk4.

    the only real difference is the trim level i.e sports seats black intereior etc.
    not sure if the mk3 sports model had lowered suspension but the mk4 DOES NOT have lowered suspension that didn't come into play untill the SXI.

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    Yea the Sport is the pre SXi isn't it? Exactly the same appart from the name.
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    nope, my dads 03 sxi is about 25mm lower than my 99 sport
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    Quote Originally Posted by A5TRA 59ORT
    browny sorry to disapoint but engine for engine your engine is no different from a non sport 1.6 16v

    the x16xel is sluggish below 2500-3000 rpm even in the mk4.

    the only real difference is the trim level i.e sports seats black intereior etc.
    not sure if the mk3 sports model had lowered suspension but the mk4 DOES NOT have lowered suspension that didn't come into play untill the SXI.
    well be r8 bout engine lol, just dont believe ppl telling u this info....suspension i wouldnt say was lower, but stiffer imo.....doesnt lean as much as a non sport imo. Hitting a sharp bump in mine just about wrecks your back at 35mph

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skót
    Yea the Sport is the pre SXi isn't it? Exactly the same appart from the name.
    techincally not true as vauxhall brought the sport out just before the end ofthe mk4

    but in almost all cases yes the sport the was a pre SXI but without the sports suspension (although i would agree with browny that my suspension is stiffer than that of my old mans club but they both sit at the same height)

    although there are a few sports out there that out spec the SXI's (well mine does trip computer, cruise control alarm)
    not sure if in general if the sport is better speced than SXI or wether i have got a rear example of a fully loaded sport

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