Following the enthusiastic response to Vauxhall’s Astra GTC, the Luton car maker has been quick to reveal the headline-grabbing VXR version, packing 276 bhp and a mighty 400 Nm of torque.

Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine, the Astra VXR is the most powerful production Astra ever built.

Benefitting from a raft of bespoke chassis modifications, the VXR is transformed into a focused, high-performance coupe. Setting it apart from all other current Astras is a specially developed mechanical limited slip differential, which works on the front wheels.

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In conjunction with the GTC’s HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut), the LSD is claimed to provide the Astra VXR with exceptional lateral grip and traction through bends.

Further changes to the chassis include brakes developed by competition supplier, Brembo, and standard fitment of Vauxhall’s fully adaptive FlexRide system.

In the Astra VXR, FlexRide features not only a Sport button, but a VXR button, offering drivers the choice of two, more focused stages of damper, throttle and steering control.

Much of the chassis sign-off was undertaken at the Nürburgring, and was overseen by Le Mans 24-hour race winner, “Smokin’ Jo” Winkelhock. “We have devised a great package that will convince even the most experienced and enthusiastic drivers – and not just on the Nürburgring!” said Winkelhock.

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Visual identifiers which distinguish the Astra VXR from the regular GTC comprise a set of specially sculpted front and rear bumpers, side skirts, an aerodynamic roof spoiler and two exhaust tail pipes in a trapeze shape. Inside, the VXR’s cabin gets bespoke performance seats with embossed logos in the backs, a flat-bottomed VXR steering wheel and upgraded instruments.

The UK is by far the Astra VXR’s biggest market in Europe, so sales interest in the car is likely to be strong. More details, including pricing and on-sale dates, will be revealed before it goes on sale next year.