Vauxhall to unveil Astra VXR at Geneva: Vauxhall to unveil Astra VXR at Geneva

The most powerful Astra yet will be launched at the Geneva motor show, as well as new Mokka SUV and new RAD e concept

Ahead of its summer 2012 UK launch, Vauxhall will unveil its new Astra VXR, and with 276bhp it’s the most powerful Astra ever. Based on the GTC, the new VXR gets its power from a turbocharged 2.0-litre direct-injection four-pot.

The VXR will remain front wheel drive, but with so much power, Vauxhall is using a new mechanical limited slip differential, in conjunction with HiPerStrut technology from the GTC. As with the cooking Astras, the FlexRide system features a sport button but also adds a new 'VXR' button. Pressing either will stiffen the ride and sharpen the throttle response to varying degrees.

Also being unveiled at the Geneva show is Vauxhall's new Mokka SUV, and 'groundbreaking' RAD e concept, which is a futuristic e-bike design study.

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