Superior performance and suspension on second-generation Holden-based V8

Vauxhall is promising improvements to refinement and performance with the next-generation VXR8, revealed this week ahead of its arrival in UK dealers next March.

The Holden Special Vehicles-built super-saloon now takes the Aussie firm’s GTS model as its base, instead of the more lowly Clubsport R8 that was used for the first VXR8.

See the official pics of the new Vauxhall VXR8

So while Vauxhall’s flagship will retain 6.2-litre Chevrolet V8 power (now 425bhp, with 406lb ft) — enough for a 0-60mph time of 4.9sec and a governed top speed of 155mph — its spec sheet will now include more advanced suspension technology, a revised interior with HSV Performance seats, and launch control.

The new VXR8 continues with the old car’s MacPherson strut/multi-link suspension layout, and offers a mechanical limited-slip differential, but adds Magnetic Ride Control, which adapts the car’s set-up up to 1000 times per second. The exterior styling follows the GTS’s looks closely, with a new grille, LED daytime running lights, LED tail-lights and a rear spoiler.

Read Autocar's first drive of the HSV Commodore GTS E2

As well as the new seats, the cabin gets full leather trim as standard, a new instrument cluster and switchgear, plus an Enhanced Driver Interface to connect with the on-board computer, providing data such as g-forces, power, torque and lap times. Vauxhall will also offer MOTEC sofware for owners to download the data for further analysis.

Offered with a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the VRX8 will be sold in seven specialised Vauxhall dealers (but 34 outlets can service it). It’ll cost from £49,500 (including 20 per cent VAT), more than £20k less than a Mercedes E63 AMG

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15 December 2010

Good to see its back. It would be nice to see a more standard Commodore imported to run below this in the line up now this is so expensive. They offered 2 models of the Monaro so there is no reason why not.

15 December 2010

What have they done to its looks!!?! I really quite liked the previous incarnation, but this has a truly hideous front and rear. Very upsetting!

15 December 2010

It now looks like it was designed by a 12 year old, and not a very talented one.

I know this thing offers a lot of bang for the buck, but seriously... No. Just no.

 

Please insert paragraps where needed.

15 December 2010

Id like to see it in a more subtle colour before passing judgement on the styling -Im sure it would look good in Black. - But I too would like to see a lesser version because its starting to look pretty expensive.

15 December 2010

I'm Australian and guys, this thing ain't meant to be subtle. The styling by a 12 year old is pretty accurate and actually the point of this car. I also agree with the comment about the colour. There are lots of HSVs down here and i have never seen one in yellow. Ever. In black, red and white this car looks sensational. Also the pictures obviously don't showcase the glorious noise this thing makes. When you see one roll past (hopefully in anger) you will understand.

15 December 2010

[quote sennadiditfirst]There are lots of HSVs down here and i have never seen one in yellow.[/quote]

Just came back to Italy from Australia a week ago and I saw plenty of these around the traps in Sydney. I agree in black you can't see the mess that it is. Shame about change for change's sake - the old one was actually quite good looking! Another poster talked about selling a model that was a bit cheaper - while I was in Australia I drove a new Calais V8 (360 bhp) with all the bells and whistles and it costs only around 34,000 pounds (thanks to the exchange rate - a year ago it would have been MUCH cheaper!) It is a very fast, well equipped car for the money and very nice to drive

15 December 2010

What a price hike wow. 50K? & those LED running lights spoil the look of it.

15 December 2010

Are you sure that price is right? That's something like a £15k increase. I bought a Monaro and love it to bits but I couldn't stump up £50k for one of these things. I'd rather buy something a year old that's taken a depreciation hit.

15 December 2010

Does it have to look so vulgar?

Why can't we have a Calais or Berlina sold below it without all the garishness? The standard Commodore is a very good looking vehicle; debadged, you could easily mistake it for a BMW (at least from the side and back; the front misses too many BMW design cues).

A diesel is coming for the Commodore, I understand, so really, this ought to be a no-brainer for Vauxhall.

15 December 2010

With Austrailia not actually going into recession has meant the Aussie $ is very strong, so the price rise was inevitable. I also agree about the tarting up done by HSV, truly vulgar and not even 'Max Power' would have made it so ugly. Black is the only way to go as then you can't see the truly ugly grille / front end mess. Has Chris gone to work in Oz?

The car itself can be purchased in much nicer looking ways as lower spec HSV models of the standard Holden. Take a look at their websites ..... HSV is for blokes called Bruce who hate poms, own scaffolding companies and like their Sheilas to wear little and say even less.

And the cars are all the better for it! Apart from that hideous front end of course!

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