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From the likes of the Dodge EV to the Ford Cortina, Lotus has had its fingers in all of the Big Three's pies. But its strongest relationship has historically been with General Motors. The British engineering firm helped develop the engine in the original Corvette ZR-1, engineered the Vauxhall VX220/Opel Speedster, re-engineered the Vauxhall Carlton into ones of its own, and has undertaken a variety of projects for the General over the years. Now the latest reports have Lotus teaming up with GM's European subsidiaries for a new hot hatch.

Much as it did with the outgoing Vauxhall Astra VXR, Lotus is reportedly hard at work tuning the chassis on the next generation of the model. Previewed by the GTC concept at the Paris Motor Show, the new Astra VXR is tipped to ditch the current model's electronic differential for a more traditional mechanical one. The engine is rumored to produce in the neighborhood of 280-300 horsepower, with Lotus reportedly brought in to help minimize the torque steer inevitable with that much power channeled through the front wheels.

The Hyperstrut front suspension set-up developed for the Insignia VXR is tipped to port over to the smaller hatchback, expected to hit European markets towards the end of next year to do battle with the likes of the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R. We can only hope that GM finds space in the lineup of one of its remaining brands to bring the new Astra VXR to American shores.


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[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      As the owner of a last-gen Astra (non-VXR), I have to say that looks absolutely great! I hope GM decides to bring this here. I don't really care if it's a Buick as I'll probably put on Opel badges anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take a Buick Astra GS please for 30, Alex
        • 4 Years Ago
        @OP: The VXR would be fine as a "Wildcat" - it's a dedicated sports coupe.

        Invicta is a big sedan, like a Park Avenue.

        In the US, "Astra" is a Saturn name.

        Century and Skylark are generic compacts, so no point in resurrecting those names in the near future.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Verano GS. Or Excelle GS in China.

        But anyway. Turbo with a 6sp manual for me, please.
        • 4 Years Ago
        John,
        the Wildcat name always went to larger cars; Vette, Invicta,... modelled cars.

        Astra was not a Saturn name, it was the Opel/Vauxhall name just carried over here.

        If you want a buick name, Century or Skyhawk have been the small buicks in the past
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, 100% agree - Buick Astra GS (or whatever nameplate) for me too please.

        And why is this a "concept" and not tooling around American asphalt (as is without changes)?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cruze 'coupe'
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Cruze is a lower-end car than the Astra.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sign me up. Give me a six spd. and some power and I would definitely consider purchasing one of these (if they actually decide to export to US).

      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does this look like a Renault Megane clone ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The fact it's reported this will have a mechanical LSD is awesome. Lotus have worked on many Opels/Vauxhalls over the years though and rarely got it right, so I reckon Opel must limit their input quite severely. As far as I know, they helped with the 98-04 Astra and I have the Coupe version that is far too hard a ride for something that has had Lotus input as their cars handled AND ride.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another smiley face to the lineup. We had Peugeot, Hyundai, Mazda and now this...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Cruze is a much cheaper, lower-end car based on a simplified Opel Astra platform.

      In Europe, both the Cruze and the Astra are sold and they are not even considered to be direct competitiors as the Cruze is seen as a much worse car. Worse than any Opel, Volkswagen, Honda, Renault, Peugeot, Citroen, Nissan or Toyota.

      So in fact, the Cruze is sold in the US because it can be sold at a lower price.

      It is quite similar to the new Jetta: In the US, only a simplified, very cheap (interior-quality, overall build quality, reliability, suspension, chassis, ...) is sold while in Europe, the Jetta is a much better car at a higher price.

      The reason for this is that people in the US are considered to buy cheap cars, no matter how bad they are. And actually, the appreciation of Hyundais etc. even seems to prove this. In Europe, most people do not even consider to buy a Hyundai or a Chevrolet/Daewoo because of their low quality although they are considerably cheaper than a Volkswagen, Opel or Toyota. You get what you pay for.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too good for America. Enjoy your fishy looking, terribly named Verano Yanks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Astra was once sold in America as a Saturn...oh wait, nevermind.
      • 4 Years Ago
      holy balls that looks awesome
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's how you eliminate torque steer: convert it to a RWD architecture. The 1-series 3- and 5-door need legitimate competition, anyway.

      Badly as Lotus probably wants to make that recommendation, it will sadly never happen.

      FWD is for tricycles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes yes yes - this would make a phenomenal RWD bombster. First hatch I've seen that I'd really love to own. Finally we have a hatch that doesn't look like a squashed station wagon or a giant roach.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would love to see more small rwd hatches on the roads!
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