• Feb 27, 2009
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Piloted by Fabrizio Giovanardi of the VX Racing, Vauxhall took all three golden trophies in last year's British Touring Car Championship (BTCC): driver, team, and manufacturer. To celebrate, Vauxhall is making 888 Corsa and Astra VX Racing Editions. The number of the run comes from the name of the race prep firm, Triple Eight Engineering.

Each car will sport the team colors of red and black, Recaro seats, logos on the B-pillars and sill plates, a black rear diffuser, black door trim and mirror covers, and a tinted rear window. When it comes to rubber, the Corsa gets 18-inchers, while the Astra wears 19-inch radials and also gets piano black trim inside.

The package adds at least a couple thousand British pounds to the ordinary top of the line models: The Corsa VXR will run you £17,425 (just under $25k USD) and the Astra VXR goes for £21,445 (around $30,700 USD). That's a lot of coin even when accounting for the UK's inflated market prices, but if you still want to tweak them further, you'll at least get discounts on VXR Performance Center parts. Of course, you should probably be devoted enough to have at least one Vauxhall tattoo if you're going to get into all of that...

[Source: Vauxhall]

PRESS RELEASE:

GRAB SOME TEAM SPIRIT WITH VAUXHALL'S NEW VX RACING MODELS

* Limited Edition Corsa & Astra VXRs celebrate Vauxhall's success in BTCC
* Cars' colour schemes replicate those of race team
* VXR Performance Centre parts discount included with every car

Luton – With the 2009 BTCC season almost upon us, Vauxhall has just launched two stunning limited editions based on the Corsa and Astra VXR to celebrate VX Racing's success in the 2008 British Touring Car Championship.

Known as the Corsa and Astra VX Racing Editions, they will have a combined production run of 888 cars. And that number just happens to coincide with the name of Vauxhall's race experts, Triple Eight Engineering, who build and prepare all the VX Racing Cars and contributed so much to Vauxhall's triumph in the BTCC last season when it won the BTCC's Drivers', Manufacturers' and Team championships.

As well as sharing the VX Racing team colours of red and black, all VX Racing Editions gain full leather Recaro seats as standard. The VX Racing theme continues outside the car with logos on the B-posts and tread plates, too.

And just to make sure that you'd never mistake a VX Racing Edition from an 'ordinary' Corsa or Astra VXR, tinted rear glass, a black rear diffuser and black side bump strips and door mirror covers are all part of the package. In addition, the Astra version gains Piano Black interior décor strips.

We're also sure that VX Racing's drivers, Giovanardi, Neal and Jordan would appreciate the gloss-black alloy wheels – 18" for Corsa, 19" for Astra – that come as standard on all VX Racing Editions.

Finally, for that authentic VX Racing soundtrack – as well as up to 20PS extra power – all VX Racing Edition buyers will have the option of purchasing a Remus exhaust system at a discounted price. For Astras, that means £720 (saving £275) and for Corsas, £410 (saving £150). Buyers will also benefit from a healthy discount on other Vauxhall Performance Centre parts and accessories.

Corsa and Astra VX Racing Editions are available to order now through all Vauxhall retailers, costing £17,425.00 and £21,445 respectively.

Team spirit never looked so good...


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Gm needs re-amp saturn with the vauxhaulls
        • 5 Years Ago
        If Saturn sold and Astra that looked and performed like the above picture, they would probably still be around. The Astra looks terrible. That car above? Looks amazing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Tango - and the Astra has been on sale as a Saturn here in the states for over a year now.

        I guarantee there's plenty sitting on your closest dealer's lots. They're selling so slowly that Saturn isn't selling 09's yet due to the backlog of 08's. Not what I would call "re-amping" the brand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, the Astra has been available but with only one engine choice which happens to be anemic and not terribly fuel efficient. But the motor is the only one that would mate with an automatic transmission so it is the only option America has for the car. I still think GM could have had a success with the Astra but they screwed up the details once again.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They did. Vauxhall is nothing more than rebadged Opel and Holden.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Celelebrate good times? Awesome!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the look of the body, as its one of the few 3 door hatch on the market (in the US) (although the grill on the saturn sucks) but the engine is lack luster, the gearing on the 5 speed (according to reviews) is horrible, and the gas mileage isn't that good. I like the look of this over the Fit, but the fit handles nice, better gas mileage, and better gearing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM/Saturn: Bring the Corsa! It might make you change your minds about Saturn (the Aveo is ridiculously uncompetitive in its class)!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was about to say the same thing whats up with GM not selling the Corsa over here...dare I say it, it looks like a good mini alternative....
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is full of understeer!