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Vauxhall Astra Coupe Turbo



##vxcoup.jpg --Right##THE new Astra Coupe Turbo was available for track driving at Goodwood and promises much for drivers looking for elegant styling and strong performance. Built by Bertone, in Italy, there is more than a hint of Vauxhall Calibra about the Coupe's profile, but there is still a strong resemblance with the current Astra.

Minor styling changes distinguish the Turbo from its 145bhp normally-aspirated sibling, but the 2.0 turbocharged engine produces a hefty 185lb-ft of torque between 1,950 and 5,300rpm. This means turbo lag is non-existent, and the car will spring to 60mph in seven seconds, on to a theoretical maximum of 152mph. It also returns 31.7mpg on the combined cycle.

The stiff chassis provides sharp handling, and the car will surge forward in virtually any gear when you floor the throttle. It's equipped with traction control, ABS with electronic brake force distribution and large disc brakes providing reassuring stopping power. The Coupe Turbo feels more mature than the now defunct attention grabbing Fiat Coupe Turbo, and provides a less frantic alternative to high-revving Japanese rivals like the Toyota Celica 190.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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