Superchips Vauxhall Astra VXR

Tuning company Superchips modifies the Vauxhall Astra VXR hot hatch past 300bhp

Superchips has tuned the Vauxhall Astra VXR hot hatchback. The standard VXR is already the most powerful front-wheel-drive hot hatch you can currently buy, its 2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine yielding 276bhp and 295lb ft of torque, enough for a 155mph top speed and 5.9sec 0-60 time.

A Stage 1 ECU remap, activated via a Bluefin handset (which allows the owner to apply the power upgrade as well as remove it if needed) costs £455 including VAT. It lifts the Astra’s outputs to 299bhp (delivered 400rpm lower in the rev range than the standard car’s 5500rpm peak) and 340lb ft. There are no official performance figures, but a 5.5sec dash to 60mph seems plausible.

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

A Stage 2 remap is also available. It’s priced the same as the Stage 1 boost, but requires the fitment of Thorney Motorsport’s sports exhaust system. It lifts power and torque to 308bhp (at 5698rpm) and 350lb ft (at 2935rpm).

Both remaps are covered by a guarantee and a 12-month, 30,000-mile warranty.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Despite the extra power all needing to go through the Astra’s front wheels, its standard Drexler mechanical limited-slip differential should ensure such exuberant outputs are kept largely in check. Though with the standard VXR happy to exhibit torque steer on bumpier roads, a more powerful Superchips equipped car is likely to follow suit.

Vauxhall Astra VXR vs Ford Focus ST on track video:


Most Popular


Mercedes-AMG One hypercar shown in new teaser video 

AMG’s F1-powered ultimate hypercar has been shown on track in a new clip
6 Dec 2019
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
5 Dec 2019
Nissan GT-R coupe

Limited-run Nissan GT-R50 to enter production in 2020

First customer GT-R50s set to hit the road next year, with prices starting beyond the €1million mark
5 Dec 2019
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019