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    2010 Astra VXR Gets Smaller Engine

    http://drivingspirit.com/2010-astra-...maller-engine/

    In a move that will make hot hatch fans roll their eyes in despair the next generation Astra VXR, due in 2010, will feature a smaller engine! In an attempt to make the hottest Astra more affordable in this current climate of high taxes and pricey fuel, the current 237bhp 2.0-litre engine will be replaced by a new 1.8-litre engine.

    However, don’t panic … we’ll actually be getting more power from the new unit. The turbocharged 1.8-litre engine will produce 240bhp, so the 2010 Astra VXR will keep the fiery temperament of the current model with a 0-60mph time of six seconds and a top speed of 150mph. Not only that, but you’ll also be getting better fuel economy and kicking out fewer harmful emissions, although official figures aren’t released yet.

    There’s also a possibility of an oil-burning VXR. Vauxhall’s new Insignia, a replacment for the Vectra due next year, will feature a range of new 2.0-litre CDTI units and there’s a chance that the 168bhp version could be fitted to the new Astra. That would give Vauxhall an entry in the undercrowded diesel hot hatch market, with only the Renaultsport Megance dCi and Golf GT TDi offering significant competition.

    The next generation of Astra is due to hit showrooms in 2009, with the new VXR following sometime in 2010. Just in time to go head-to-head with the MkVI Golf GTI, which should be interesting!
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    Hmmm sounds interesting but a 1.8 engine will have to see that, will put a lot of people off I think, I wonder what the new car will weigh compared to the current model.
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    very interesting....def gonna book a test drive as soon as the vxr comes out!!

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    So with the other thread about the rs vauxhall have done Jack about it

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    Thought they would of pulled out all the stops to rival the RS or not in the case bit gutting
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    The RS is in a different league though - we've already established that.

    The VXR is to take on the ST. There is nothing to 'match' the RS.

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    Wonder if there saving the bigger engine for a four wheel drive vxr astra in the future??

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    what would they call it to rival the RS? VXR-R like the special edition one? VXR-R sounds stupid to me. They could of bought back say 1.8 turbo GSi 240 and a VXR 300bhp

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    cheaper insurance too?
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    SAAB have used a 1.8 Turbo variant of the alloy block Z20NET(VectraC) / Z22SE (AstraG/VecB) engine for years.

    It's lighter and offers more potential than the old Iron Block ecotec.
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