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The car spied testing, sporting twin exhausts and beefier alloys, hints at a model sitting somewhere between a new 197bhp 1.6-litre SRi version and a full-blown VXR - and it could be the car to revive the legendary Vauxhall Astra GSi badge.

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Expected to offer around 250bhp, it would put the GSi up against Ford's Focus ST, leaving the way clear for a mega VXR to face off against the new Ford Focus RS.

Full story here: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/vauxhall/astra/91334/vauxhall-astra-gsi-set-to-rival-focus-st-before-full-on-astra-vxr-arrives :D
 

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The GSi trim is expected initially to be offered only on the five-door version of the 
new Astra, although there could eventually be a Sports Tourer model to rival fast estates such as the Focus ST estate and Seat Leon ST Cupra.

It will not be offered as a three-door GTC version, at least not to start off with, because Vauxhall plans to continue selling the three-door VXR for the foreseeable future. The GTC VXR was launched after the previous-generation Astra, in 2012, and is set to continue for the time being.



A GSi trim would offer a more sporty look and set-up than that of the standard Astra but stop short of the full-on appearance and mechanicals of the VXR. Items such as sports suspension, upgraded brakes and more supportive seats are likely, but it will not offer a full limited-slip differential.
 
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