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Scottish motor show debut for £20,995 racing-inspired Astra

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Vauxhall has launched a limited run Astra Coupe '888', to coincide with the final round of this year's British Touring Car Championship.

To be built at the home of Vauxhall Motorsport's racing team, Triple Eight Race Engineering, the first customer cars will go on sale in early December priced £20,995 OTR.

The '888', limited to a maximum production run of just 100 cars, is based on the road-going Astra Coupe Turbo, which uses Vauxhall's 190PS four-cylinder 16v engine launched earlier this year. The same Europa Blue paint is also used, however the car features extensive modifications to the body, interior, brakes and chassis.

On the outside, the '888' features new wheel arches, side skirts, rear spoiler and front splitter. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are fitted, shod with 235/40 Michelin Pilot Sport tyres (the standard turbo uses 215 width tyres). On the inside, the '888' treatment has been given to the steering wheel, centre console, handbrake lever, gear knob and pedals.

The already squat Astra Coupe Turbo has been lowered further still while different springs and dampers are also used from the standard car.

More details on the Astra Coupe 888 will be available when the car is launched to the public at the Scottish Motor Show on November 8.

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