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Vauxhall Astra Triple Eight

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De abia astept sa ma apropii de performantele astea

It's the diesel VXR! With a 200bhp turbocharged CDTI engine, sports suspension and uprated racing brakes, this hot Vauxhall Astra can run rings around more expensive petrol performance cars - and still achieve fuel returns of over 40mpg.

But don't go phoning Vauxhall to book a test drive just yet. The model you see here has been developed by Triple Eight racing - the same people who run Vauxhall's British Touring Car Championship team. And only 100 will be available, through specialist Vauxhall dealer Thurlby Motors.

However, owners of regular diesels will be able to retro-fit virtually all the modified parts added to the 888 CDTI through the Luton firm's forthcoming VXR Performance Centre, run in association with Triple Eight.

To see what they can expect, Auto Express went for an exclusive drive in the hottest diesel Astra ever. Starting with a 150bhp 1.9-litre TD three-door Sport Hatch, Triple Eight remapped the engine management, so that power rises to 200bhp and torque exceeds 400Nm. The suspension is lowered and stiffened, while massive 335mm front disc brakes are fitted, along with powerful four-piston calipers. Combined with the 18-inch black alloys, high-performance tyres and white VXR bodykit, this 888 CDTI looks every inch the roadgoing BTCC racer. Shame about the rather tacky 888 stickers, though.

All of these modifications bring the price of the car to £17,995. That's only £120 more than a 150bhp SRi diesel version, for a machine which is considerably faster. Although no official performance figures have been released, 0-60mph is estimated at 6.5 seconds and top speed at more than 140mph, making this model nearly as rapid as the £18,995 240bhp 2.0 petrol VXR.

On the move, though, we'd say the 888 CDTI is even quicker. With so much torque available, acceleration is very strong and easy to exploit, making overtaking simply a matter of putting your foot down.

You have to be careful with the throttle in the lower gears, though. Just like the petrol VXR, there's lots of torque steer at low speed. But despite the extensive engine remapping, the unit is very flexible with little turbo lag. From 1,500rpm, there's lots of useful thrust all the way up to the 4,000rpm red line. But unlike the petrol hot hatch, this isn't a high-revving screamer and, thanks to a precise six-speed gearbox, it's easy to keep the engine on the boil.

Apart from a bit more turbo whistle, the motor doesn't sound any less refined than its petrol counterpart, either, but the best news is that the fuel economy is virtually as good as the standard car's. We achieved nearly 40mpg - closer to 50mpg would be likely on a motorway run. Drive on a bumpy country road at speed, though, and you'll quickly realise the suspension is too stiff. It's unforgiving over ruts and gives an uncomfortable ride on anything but a smooth surface.

The pay-off is fantastic agility, good grip (if you're sensible with the throttle) and meaty steering that's full of feedback, plus truly excellent brakes. They initially feel sharp, yet you soon become adept at harnessing their instant, massive stopping power.

Triple Eight's aim was to produce a hatchback offering the performance and handling of a turbo petrol car with all the economy benefits of a diesel. On the evidence of the Astra 888 CDTI, it's more than succeeded.

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Vezi ce zic pe aici baietii astia, ca par ca stiu ce spun....

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Superb,o adevarata fiara pe sosele, si albul o prinde foarte,foarte bine.. ;)

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Si aveti si raspunsul la cum arata kit-ul de caroserie OPC...in legatura cu culoarea...eu am vazut GTC alb in realitate si tin sa va spun ca arata ca un frigider....in franta am vazut...alb-ul de la Opel nu este la fel de tare precum cel de pe Golf de exemplu, care merge super pe GTI in trei usi...

Cei care vor sa-si modifice masinile, poate cititi si voi cu atentie ca oamenii de la 888 au montat un ditamai sistemul de franare...si au umblat si la suspensii.... ;)

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Cei care vor sa-si modifice masinile, poate cititi si voi cu atentie ca oamenii de la 888 au montat un ditamai sistemul de franare...si au umblat si la suspensii.... ;)

Merge si fara ca nu mai duc pe circuit :) .

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Tot despre Astra 888

Thurlby has fitted a two-stage engine management system to the 1.9-litre turbodiesel, upping its power output from 149bhp to 160 in normal mode, and to 195bhp when you hit the car’s Sport button. In that mode, the engine also produces 300lb ft of torque.

Este exact tuningul care il vreau si eu. Adica two-stage pe butonul Sport! Daca la ei merge cum trebuie e super.

Voi face acealsi lucru in curand!

Si performantele de dupa

reaching 60mph in just 6.8 seconds and capable of a claimed maximum of 145mph (235 km/h).

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deci totul pe butonul sport si stock fara.. ;)

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Stock are doar 160 de cai.

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da,am vazut, ma refeream la motorul tau, remap doar pe sport,si fara stock

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Totul pe Sport si pe stock fara remap. Cred ca e cea mai buna solutie. La nevoie ai fie o masina super nervoasa, fie o masina economica.

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da,si eu cred ca o sa aleg solutia lui Dragos

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Si cand ii faci remap-ul?

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Foarte tare! In ultimul episod din 5th Gear au testat 888 cu un OPC. La 1000m a castigat OPC-ul cu 1 masina, la repriza de la 80 km/h a castigat 888-ul tot cu atata iar la tura de circuit s-au depasit reciproc si a catigat OPC-ul cu jumatate de masina.

Foarte frumos testul - remap pe butonul sport cu 196 de cai - extrem de eficient la un pret cu 3000 de euro mai mic ca un OPC - incluzand toate modificarile pe care le are masina.

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OPC cu 40cp in plus si masinile au fost virtual egale...COOL! :D

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Dragos, vezi ca prima cursa nu a fost de 1000m ci de 400m. La 1000 cred ca ramanea de caruta OPC-ul. Desi, ca sa fim 100% corecti, trebuie sa spunem ca la volanul OPC-ului era o tipa nu prea priceputa, dupa parerea mea. Testul nu a fost foarte riguros, dar oricum rezultatele sunt impresionante.

Si totusi, ia ganditi-va la un OPC cu remap :eek5nr:

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De unde pot sa iau si eu filumletul cu testul celor de la 5th gear?

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