There are plenty of hot hatches on the market, but itís the Astra VXR thatís the undisputed Ring leaderÖ and to prove it, Vauxhall has pulled the wraps off the Nurburgring edition, named after the carís spiritual home, where much of its pre-production development was carried out.
Based on the standard Astra VXR and priced at £20,995, each individually numbered Nurburgring edition will come with an exclusive all-white paint finish and lightweight white 18-inch alloy wheels, equipped with bespoke Dunlop tyres, are also specified. Other exterior features include dark tinted windows, carbon fibre effect mirrors and B-pillars and distinctive chequered flag body graphics, to further emphasise the carís incredible performance.
Mechanically similar to the standard VXR, the Nurburgring Edition produces 240PS in factory tune, giving it the ability to accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. Each UK-specification car will also come provided with a Remus Sports Exhaust, developed with Vauxhallís BTCC race team, Triple-Eight Race Engineering.
Like the standard car, the Nurburgring Edition benefits from a six-speed manual gearbox and lowered, uprated VXR suspension with ESP as standard. Ventilated 321mm diameter disc brakes at the front and 278mm diameter discs at the back help slow things down, while blue-painted callipers remain a VXR trademark.
The Nurburgring Edition theme continues inside, with carbon fibre detailing on the door trims and fascia, leather trim with the Nurburgring circuit graphic embossed into the unique Recaro front seat backrests and an individually numbered plaque showing each carís build number.
In fact, the only thing it doesnít come with is one of those Nurburgring bootlid stickers you can buy when you do a lap of the circuit. Such a shame, as it means youíll have to drive it there and buy one yourself.