From Pistonheads ............
Just when the motoring world thought there were no niches left, Vauxhall claims to have found one – but who on earth will want to buy the result?
Having abandoned the only true performance cars that made the VXR badge mean anything, the Monaro and VXR220, GM's UK arm has slapped the logo on a people carrier.
The company described the vehicle as "the world’s first performance mini-MPV". To earn that epithet, it sports a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine with -- wait for it -- 178bhp delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed close ratio gearbox. The resulting performance is 0-60 mph in a sluggish eight seconds. External tweaks include the inevitably deeper front and rear bumpers plus 17-inch alloys.
Inside, it looks like a people carrier, apart from the smattering of VXR logos in strategic places and the Recaro seats. No prices yet but it goes on sale in February 2006.