VAUXHALL VXRS THE VECTRA
It's a bit quicker than the current quickest
More power, bit quickerVauxhall is sprinkling VXR dust over the Vectra, the new version to be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 12 September. Vauxhall’s calling it "the most powerful car in the class".
The new model has a top speed of 161mph from an all-new 2.8-litre V6 turbo producing 250+bhp and 236lb-ft of torque. With variable valve timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger, the V6 takes the car from zero to 60mph in 6.6 seconds through a six-speed manual 'box. This makes it a bit quicker than the current quickest of the range, the 3.2i Elite which is powered to 60mph in 7.2 seconds by a 211bhp V6.
Underneath the car is a heavily revised version of the existing Vectra's chassis using electronic damping control to minimise body roll via two processing modules while maintaining comfort. The brakes are the largest fitted to any production Vauxhall, 345mm discs at the front, 292mm at the rear.
The front features a deeper, VXR-badged front bumper and, at the rear, a rear spoiler, a pair of trapezoidal tailpipes and lowered bumper. It rides on 18-inch alloys with 19-inch rims an option.
Vauxhall reckoned it will sell for "well under £25,000".