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3Opel Performance Center takes Astra to the Extreme [w/video]

If hot hatches are your thing, this year's Geneva Motor Show is the place to be. Seat used the occasion to reveal its Ring-running Leon Cupra. Not to be outdone, Honda showed up with its Civic Type R concept. VW has got the new Scirocco R and Golf GTE to show off, Audi finally bestowed the new S1 upon us and Abarth transformed the Fiat 500 into the bonkers 695 Biposto. Even Alfa Romeo got in on the action with the latest QV edition MiTo and Giulietta. But the lineup wouldn't be complete without

972012 Opel Astra OPC gets 280 horsepower, 155 mph top speed

We ogled the curvaceous Opel Astra GTC at Frankfurt, but this is the one we've really been waiting for: The OPC version. Standing for Opel Performance Center, "OPC" is similar to the Honda "Type R" or BMW "M" nomenclature, although not nearly as well known. The 2012 Astra OPC could change that in a hurry.

26Lotus reportedly brought in for chassis work on new Vauxhall Astra VXR

2010 Vauxhall GTC Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

47VIDEO: Top Gear flogs the Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst and HSV Maloo

Top Gear gets busy with some Aussie muscle -- Follow the jump to watch

34Spy Shots: 2010 Opel Insignia OPC almost ready for Frankfurt

2010 Opel Insignia OPC - Click above for a high-res gallery

12Spy Shots: Undisguised Vauxhall Insignia VXR caught napping

It didn't make an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, but General Motors' white-hot Vauxhall Insignia VXR is spending more time out of doors and (accidentally?) posing for pictures for the folks at Auto Express.

12Next gen. Vauxhall Vectra to get AWD, twin-turbo V6

Here's what the Saturn Aura Red Line should be, courtesy of Vauxhall. The Vectra is being replaced by an Epsilon 2-based car called the Insignia. The Epsilon 2 will also serve as the basis for the second-generation Saturn Aura. That platform sharing will no doubt be good in workaday trim, but Vauxhall's turning up the wick for the Insignia VXR, and we're crossing our fingers that Saturn is hanging out in the gym with its cousin. The VXR will gain visual horsepower and there will be real output f

29Vauxhall VXR8 to prowl UK roads

click above image for hi-res photo gallery of the VXR8

31Vauxhall Corsa VXR / Opel Corsa OPC to arrive in March

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15More Power for Vauxhall's Vectra and Monaro VXR models

The lads at Vauxhall, the British version of Opel, have been keeping busy with their tuneriffic VXR editions of the Vectra and Monaro.

1Corsa VXR already being readied by Vauxhall

GM Europe just took the wraps off its new Corsa three-door hatchback and already the Euro auto scene has been flooded with spy shots of a VXR model being tested under the guise of creative camouflaging. Speculation on how much power the Corsa VXR's turbocharged 1.6L will produce range from 160 bhp to 200 bhp. We're leaning towards the latter figure, as it would put the Corsa ahead of the Renaultsport Clio, if only by a few ponies. 0-60 is said to pass in about six seconds and it will top out on

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