Performance Vauxhall - - VAUX TECH -

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.

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