Push the boundaries
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?