Vauxhall’s sporty ‘VXR’ nameplate could be making a comeback on hot electric versions of the brand’s Corsa and Mokka.
VXR – standing for Vauxhall Racing – was utilised by the firm on a range of models, including the Corsa supermini through to the Zafira MPV, with the Astra, Monaro, Meriva and Insignia and VXR8 also all getting the sporty works. But in 2018, Vauxhall discontinued the VXR models across its range.
However, according to Auto Express the brand looks set to reintroduce the nameplate on its hot electric models, as the brand builds up its electrified offensive – a radical departure from the beefed-up petrol models in the past.
With Vauxhall already having its Corsa-e EV, and soon launching an electric version of its radical new Mokka, these models are already geared up for hotter models.
Extra power would likely be generated from the electric motors, with further changes expected to the suspension, braking and steering, according to Auto Express. Sportier and more aggressive styling will also feature – a trademark of VXRs in the past.
Vauxhall joins a growing number of brands looking to make EVs sportier. Cupra – sister brand to Seat – is launching a sporty new EV known as the El-Born, while Mini recently confirmed that it was testing a electric John Cooper Works hot hatch, which is expected to go on sale in 2022.Enquire on a new Vauxhall