TECH ASTRA GTE 16V
Launched in 1988, the Mk2 Astra GTE 16V has gone on to become one of the most iconic performance cars Vauxhall has ever made. The main reason for this is the superb 156bhp 20XE engine, which made it the most powerful of all the naturally aspirated hot hatches of the time. Renowned motoring journalist LJK Setright wrote in 1989 ‘the astonishing eagerness with which it goes will probably still be discussed in later decades.’ He was right. Even over a quarter of a century later, the GTE can still cut it.
Many GTEs led a hard life, being neglected or thrashed to destruction,
performance VaUXHaLL and large numbers were scrapped for their engines. There are still examples out there, but they’re becoming more sought after with each passing year. Here’s everything that you need to know about buying and getting the best from what many consider to be the ultimate Astra.