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On a site where we’re today busy discussing the new Jag XF,
the Ferrari 550 Maranello and the Koenigsegg Agera R, news about a new
three-door hatch from Vauxhall has its work cut out to grab your attention.

But this Astra GTC, with the usual fettling from Vauxhall’s
go-faster mechanics at VXR, will form the basis of a 300bhp hot hatch aimed
squarely at the impressive Golf R and Audi’s pricey new RS3. And at a much
keener price, although all that power will only be going to the front two

A limited slip diff is also on the cards to counter the
problems with the last Astra VXR – namely, its tendency to get very left/right
depending on the random movement of space debris.

It’s not miles off the GTC concept released at last year’s
Paris show
: slightly more sensible lights and interior, but it’s still a rather
fetching-looking thing. Vauxhall claim it will happily seat five adults with
the usual clambering.

The basic car will be unveiled in full on 7 June as the UK order
books open, with what’s expected to be the diesel and petrol units from the
existing five-door Astra
. The VXR is likely to emerge early next year.

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