Astra Coupe 888


The Astra Coupe 888 born to celebrate the phenominal success of the 2001 British Touring Car season. Vauxhall together with Triple Eight Racing produce only 100 of these special Coupe's which transfer the passion, excitement and power of the track car to the UK's roads.


The 888 styling based upon the track car gives this car unqiue aerodynamic profile, race proven chassis modifications and a sports interior all adds up to the driving experience like no other. The short shift enabled gear throw, multi point sequencial direct injection, drive by wire throttle and an air cooled intercooler for the 2.0L Turbo charged 16v engine pushing out 192HP means you will be seeing 60MPH in under 7 seconds. The special 17" OZ lightweight wheels, lowered Eibach springs and dampers and Michelin Pilot Sports tyres transfer the brings the handling of race car to street. The high performance Ferodo brake pads, ABS and ESP gives you confidence to leave your braking to the very last moment.


Quote Originally Posted by Derek Warwick - Chairman of Triple Eight Race Engineering
Triple Eight Race Engineering have had a long and sucessful association with Vauxhall, culminating in winning the Manufacturer's, Drivers and Team titles in the 2001 British Touring Car Championship. To mark that success, Triple Eight were briefed to develop a limited edition Astra Coupe incorporating their knowledge and expertise from the race track.


The special edition 888 is one of the most exciting Vauxhalls ever developed. With incredible driver response and exactly the right amount of 'feel', it's a car that demands to be driven.
The interior carries the 888's passion to the interior with a colour coded custom centre console, blue alacantara gaitors, 888 gear knob, 888 Racing aluminium pedals and Sparco Alacantara bucket seats makes you feel your inside something special. With a 3 spoke racing steering wheel and the cushioning Sparco seats, quickshift gear lever for faster shifting and shorter travel you'll feel the passion of a touring car driver and the will to hit the track.

If you think that all this performance comes at the price of comfort then you'll be pleasently supprised to know, that the 888 comes with air conditioning, 4 disc CD multichanger, cruise control, electric windows & door mirrors, 888 foot rest and a drivers information display including trip computer and check control warning system. The 888 brings the comfort of driving on the open road with the agression of competitive racing encompassed in the Astra Coupe 888 edition.

Specification Highlights.

Safety
  • Driver & Passenger Airbags
  • Electronic anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • ETC-Plus traction control
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Front body lock seatbelt pretensioner system
  • Front seatbelt force limiters
  • Two 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Two rear seat head restraints
  • Safety autoreverse facility for electrically operated windows
  • Side impact protection beams
  • LED centre brake light
  • Electronic engine deadlock immobiliser
  • Remote control security alarm system
  • Remote control central locking.


Mechanical and Exterior style
  • 17" OZ Racing alloy wheels with locking wheel bolts (16" alloy spare)
  • 235/40 ZR17 Mitchelin Pilot Sport tyres
  • Lowered front and rear suspension with Eibach springs and dampers
  • Ferodo high performance brake pads
  • Stainless steel sports silencer with polished oval tailpipe
  • Five speed manual gearbox
  • Fully galvanised body and panels
  • 888 Styling kit compromising: rear wing spoiler and body coloured front bumper splitter, side skirts and wheel arch extensions
  • Six year anti-perforation warranty
  • Aerodynamic drag co-efficient Cd 0.31
Practicality and convenience
  • Electro-hydraulic power-assisted steering
  • Electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors
  • Steering column adjustable for rake and reach
  • Cruise control
  • Driver information centre incorporating check control warning display and multifunction trip computer
  • Fuel tank capacity: 52 Litres (11.4 gallons)

Engine
2.0L 16v turbo Ecotec-4 (Z20LET)
Capacity: 1998cc
Max power: 192PS (141kW) @ 5600rpm
Max torque: 250Nm (184.4lb. ft) @ 1950rpm
Euro 4 emission compliant

Weight
Kerb weight: 1290kg
Gross Vehicle: Weight 1640kg

Dimensions
Overall length: 4267mm (168.0 inches)
Wheelbase: 2606mm (102.6 inches)
Overall height: 1360mm (53.5 inches)
Overall width (inc mirrors): 1967mm (77.4 inches)

Insurance Group
Group 16E

Performance, fuel economy and emmissions
Max speed: 152mph
0-60: 7.0 seconds
30-50 4th gear: 6.0 seconds

Fuel economy in miles per gallon
Urban driving: 22.6 (12.5 litres/100km)
Extra-urban driving: 41.5 (6.9 litres/100km)
Combined figure: 31.7 (8.9litres/100km)
Co2 emissions (g/km): 214



Trivia
888 Number one is owned by Vauxhall
British touring cars are prohibited from using turbo chargers

Links
Triple Eights Website
Triple Eights Coupe turbo upgrade pack (PDF)
British touring cars official website
888 Only part numbers (PDF)
Scottyboys 888 Modification Diary
Astra Coupe 888 Sales Brochure (PDF)
Vauxhall Press Release (PDF)
Dealership website advertisment (PDF)
Review 1 - Autoexpress (PDF)
Review 2 - Car keys.com (PDF)