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Vauxhall unveils new Astra BiTurbo, Sports Tourer

Vauxhall has confirmed plans to add two more high-performance diesel models to its Astra line-up, in the forms of the BiTurbo hatch and Sports Tourer.

Released shortly after the GTC BiTurbo, both the BiTurbo hatch and Sports Tourer boast diesel engines offering 195PS power output and peak torque of 400Nm. As a result, both vehicles hit 60mph from a standing start in under eight seconds, have top speeds in excess of 135mph and yet manage to bring the carbon dioxide emissions down to 134g per kilometre driven and boost fuel economy to 55.4mpg in the combined cycle thanks largely to integrated start/stop technology.

The extra performance comes through the twin-turbo design, which Vauxhall claims is rare for cars of this class, with a sequential turbocharging system providing lag-free acceleration at lower speeds from a smaller turbocharger, both turbochargers operating together in the mid-range, and the larger turbocharger working along at higher speeds.

Built at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire, the new Astras include the line's recent style refresh including a revised front grille, new front indicators and fog lamps, and a redesigned rear panel. Both models come with 18in alloy wheels, twin rear exhuasts, exterior styling pack and alloy sports pedals as standard.

Both the BiTurbo Hatch and Sports Tourer are available to order from tomorrow, priced at £24,095 and £25,110 respectively. The first deliveries are expected to arrive towards the end of the year.

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