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    It’s a year since we first encountered the efforts of Lincolnshire Vauxhall dealer Thurlby Motors, when we drove its impressive but uncompromising 888 Astra CDTi (evo 098). We loved the power and the extraordinary torque, but criticised the ride, which was uncomfortably hard.
    This, then, is Thurlby’s response... the subtly revised T9. The performance is still eye widening, with 200bhp and 339lb ft of torque available once the ‘Sport’ button has been prodded to switch from the mild-mannered everyday engine mapping to the full high-performance version. Put your foot down in 3rd or 4th and the T9 surges forwards with addictive insistence – albeit while laying a thick haze of smoke from the free-flow Magnex exhaust – while 5th and even 6th gears continue to offer meaningful performance. And even while caning the T9’s socks off we didn’t see less than 28mpg; more normal driving returns an easy 45mpg.
    Thanks to revised spring and damper rates, the T9 now rides the bumps with more control and compliance, making it both more composed at speed and much, much more comfortable to live with. New 18in lightweight alloys (fitted with Avon ZZ3 tyres) have brought a very slight increase in track, and there’s less torque steer than we remember in the 888 – itself better than the Astra VXR.
    We’d still like a more agile, throttle-adjustable handling balance, as the T9 remains neutral at best. However, it does reward a neat driving style and feels planted through the mid- to high-speed stuff. Couple this to all that turbocharged torque and you’ve got a car that eats A- and B-roads with little effort.
    Another area of improvement is the use of yet bigger Alcon front brakes. The new two-part, fully floating 343mm diameter discs (up from 335mm on the 888 model) are gripped by Alcon four-pot callipers and deliver even more power and feel than the old set-up.
    It’s not for everyone, granted, but if you’ve got an open mind, not to mention a wicked sense of humour (T9 estate anyone?), there’s plenty to enjoy in this Jekyll and Hyde oil-burner.
    Engine: In-line 4-cyl, 1910cc, 16v, turbo

    Max power: 200bhp @ 3350rpm

    Max torque: 339lb ft @ 2750rpm

    0 - 60mph: 6.5sec (claimed)

    Top Speed: 140mph+ (claimed)

    Price: £19,345

    On sale: Now (www.thurlby.net)


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    would like to see this up against the astra vxr since the 888 gave it a run for its money on fifth gear would like to see if there new bits and bobs have done anything to preformance

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    Sorry Marty, doesn't do a thing for me...had one totally unreliable CDTi...never again..£14,000 in repairs is a warranty joke..

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    as a former 888 owner I loved every thing about the car. with Thurlby just down the road from me have had the opportunity to take out a T9 and wow they are rapid like the T8, main difference being a nice exhaust noise, only thing that really let the T8 down as so quiet from the rear.

    Good thing about the T9 is it caters for a wider market as availalbe in 3 door, 5 door and estate versions.

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    would like to see the estate version as it should be the duggs

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    it is!! they have one at Thurlby Boston and somethign about it makes me wanna reach for my cheque book..if only i had the money!!

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    very nice and with 200bhp will be the best bus on the road lol

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    well there is one better the vxrd bus belonging to Abyss.........

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    yup hes comming up to scotland on the 3rd him and ian (m3power)so hope hes taking the bus and not the van so a can have a good look around it lol

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