Push the bound­aries

Performance Vauxhall - - FRONT PAGE -

The Au­tosport show has come and gone this month, and proudly dis­played on the Vaux­hall stand was a very tasty look­ing Corsa VXR Club­sport (more de­tails on page 30). You don't have to be a cynic to re­alise that it's a 'run out' model – a fancy swan song edi­tion de­signed to shift the re­main­ing cars be­fore the all-new Corsa ap­pears later on this year.

Vaux­hall will no doubt adopt the same hard­core war­ranty strat­egy that we've seen them em­ploy across the range – namely a 100K-mile 'life­time' of­fer­ing. It makes a whole lot of sense for a new car buyer, but it doesn't make quite so much sense for some­one who likes to tinker, im­prove and mod­ify their car. There are very, very few mod­i­fied As­tra J VXRs, and the main rea­son has to be that ca­st­iron war­ranty, so tun­ing com­pa­nies are re­luc­tant to de­velop prod­ucts which will only have a limited mar­ket.

But, as war­ranties ex­pire, and prices drop we reckon there's go­ing to be an in­creas­ing fo­cus on older VXRs in the com­ing months/years. As­tra H VXRs, and Corsa D VXRs will in­crease in pop­u­lar­ity and more people will be in­clined to ex­per­i­ment and push bound­aries. So while the 'war­ranty stran­gle­hold' may at first ap­pear bad for the scene, it will hope­fully kick start other ar­eas of the Vaux­hall tun­ing mar­ket.

We're also hop­ing it will en­cour­age people to step out­side of what has be­come some­thing of a 'VXR com­fort zone' and try new, in­no­va­tive and ex­cit­ing mods, rather than just cre­at­ing im­mac­u­late clones. We get sent a lot of very sim­i­larly spec'd VXRs, all no doubt built with the ap­proval of their fo­rum mates, and all great cars. But it's about time we saw some bound­aries smashed, and let some gen­uine in­no­va­tion rear its head. So how's about it?

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