Vauxhall has just shoehorned a powerful Biturbo diesel engine in the Astra. The product’s full name is the Astra BiTurbo and it comes in either a five-door hatch or sports tourer body style.

The 2.0 litre diesel engine is capable of generating 195 PS and 400 Nm, with 320 Nm of the total sum punching through at 1,250 rpm. The turbo system is sequential, meaning it has a smaller turbo that is used for acceleration with a larger one kicking in at 3,000 rpm. 

Whether it is hatch or sports tourer, the powerblock enables the Astra to achieve a 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) time of under eight seconds, and a top speed in excess of 135 mph (217 km/h). Quite cool, don’t you think?