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A bloody tasty looking car, and I suspect for many that will be enough.
I agree wholeheartedly. A cracking looking car, making the Focus look like a people carrier. Only the Megane coupé (to my eyes) has anything like the same presence or styling, and the Astra is rather better inside.
HOW MUCH! They're kidding right?
Phwee! A sigh of relief they have not managed to make it a better drive than the Renault Megane,was really worried they would release a cracker! Fast Vauxhalls and torque steer, a tradition :-) ....As for the looks,well,i am going to go against the general consensus here and say...no no no no no! The 5-door and the estate versions are very attractive cars but the 3-door! :-/ Too many add-ons,a mess.
-Focus RS,Megane RS,you gotta love 'em-
After seeing a few 3 doors on the road now, it seems quite large...but very much attention grabbing and handsome, not as blobby at the back end as the Renault either...to me, anyway. Cohesive and attractive then, with a neat welcoming interior. As with the Ford, sizeable discounts will make the RRP pointless, and along with badge snovs doingt heir bit, the final price/re-sale value will put this on my "to test drive" list.
I find it quite amusing how two motoring magazines, have quite different oponions to the same car. On here, CAR state that the VXR doesn't sound that good, yet Auto Express claim it sounds like nothing else on the road (I think that may be a slight exaggeration but you get the gist that they think it sounds good). CAR also claim the torque steer is still quite a problem and yet AE claim it is so much better than its predecessor. I'm more inclined to go with the CAR verdict purely on the quality of the publication and the years I have been reading the magazine. As for the car itself...I like it, I like it a lot!
The engine arrangement looks quite peculiar on this VXR.Why have they taken and turned the belt-drive through 90 degrees from the left cylinder bank (as you look at this photo)? Surely that has added unnecessay costs rather than using a traditional belt-drive method or is it something to do with space and packaging?
@Magoo- I am not sure what you mean, it looks very sensible to me.
Cracking looking car, very dubious about one in which you cannot trust the steering though- sounds sufficiently deal breaking for me.
@magoo: although the plastic engine cover does try to give the impression of a longitudinally-mounted vee engine, its a transverse inline-four underneath the plastic, so the accessory belt drive is oriented correctly.
Beautiful looking car, enough real world power for 99.9% of us with valid licenses...
But what a horrible interior, it reminds me of a 1988 Honda CRX...C'mon GM, finish it off properly!
I can drive anything except a Zerox 7665!
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