i had a play with one last night, i thought i faired quite well running an estimated 230bhp. it was wet on the private test track and he got past me but didn't pull much on me.
stopped to have a chat with him and he was amazed how well the little astra did as was i cause i was up against a 15k car with all the little trick bits like traction control. admittedly he did say he wasn't in sport mode, so i asked for a ride in it.
what can i say, an amazing car loved every second of it so smooth and even power delivery
but......... i wouldn't change my mk3 for it. it doesn't feel a fast car when your in it, and my mk3 feels like your actually in the moment, fighting the car to get the most from it. the vxr feels like you just sit back, plant your foot and let the car do the talking. great experience!