Car manufacturers are well rehearsed in taking a base model from their range & giving it a dose of radness. The ideal candidate being something mundane & common that fills forecourts nationwide. The idea then is to attempt to inject more appeal into it. With the overall goal to create something special from the normality, leaving it more thanable to stand apart from the masses it came from & achieve that desirability.
The formula is pretty simple and standard across manufacturers. You start off by squeezing an oversized power plant in to the car of choice to make sure there are more than enough horses to pull said wagon. After some subtle yet worthy additions to the overall look inside & out, the car is ready… simples. This Vauxhall Astra GSi is one of those exact by the book cars. Astra’s like this remind me of the Nova’s of old. I’m not saying the Astra is the same as the legendary Nova, don’t bite my head off yet, hear me out…
Its the similarity in the fact that you used to see Novas everywhere, as I reckon many of you will remember they were massively popular in the cruise scene. I can’t recall not seeing one when I first started witnessing fwd doughnuts on MaccyD trays. The Astra has gone that way too, nope not the way of the FWD skids but their price point has made them possible to own by many & provide plenty of performance. Plenty of bang for your buck.
Just to clarify, I’m not slagging this car off or taking anything away from it, I’m actually a fan of this build & it certainly packs plenty of punch thanks to its 200bhp+ Z20LET power plant providing enough power to keep up with modern machines. Even by todays standards with horsepower figures going through the roof, it can still hold its own. Cars such as this have a huge following, especially when they hit that sweet spot of combining performance with practicality and therefore making it the right choice for many real world petrol heads that can’t sacrifice all for that dream two seater fuel guzzling monster or full race mode machine.
I’m a fan of this example & feel that its had all the right mods both to the engine & the styling to keep it standing out among its peers. On Fueltopia we usually lean towards favouring the Japanese creations of the automotive world, but hey we’re open minded & this is one outsider we fully approve.