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The Vauxhall VXR8 is an unsophisticated sledgehammer that is engaging, entertaining and very different from the German super-coupés that it rivals
I'm glad to see that the new suspension system has engineers out some of the problems I felt previous models of this car have had.
Still looks fantastic fun and I would imagine a much more analogue feeling that it's rivals from both BMW and Merc.
However, I don't care what the pricing is but the styling has definitely lost the plot this time! I know it's an over used cliché but it really does look like a car that has been driven in to Halfords window!
It's all about the twisties........
Good to see a proper muscle car back on the UK market, one for the truly brave.
As for the depreciation I've always believed that a chap pays for his pleasures.
Good luck anyway Vauxhall thanks for the opportunity to buy this great machine
Hey Teg...what was the old one like? I love cars like this but notbat £50k. I therefore wonder if an older one might be worth a go?
would make a great getaway car after a bank robbery. Plenty of room for crusher and his mates and a nice big boot for the loot.
I am delighted this is coming , but have to agree about the styling add ons that the HSV gets.
But its the price that will put most off. Perhaps now would be a good time for Vauxhall to bring over a lower priced Holden as well the HSV model as they did with the Monaro.
The Vauxhall is an XF/E-Class/5-Series rival and with their 400bhp(ish) variants costing about the same in terms of their standard OTR prices, it could be seen as an extremely leftfield choice to go for the VXR, no matter how good it is. At that price the badge will always be a priority for many punters (even if the Jag/Merc/Bimmer may actually be the better cars overall).
Mind you GM could always decide to build the Commodore in Europe and re-enter the exec market as a Vauxhall/Opel or even a Chevrolet. But would the inevitably lower prices be enough to tempt buyers from the premium marques, which were the reasons for the demise of the likes of the Omega, Scorpio, Rover 800 etc?
Edging ever closer to BMW money, best wait a couple of years and search out a bargain.
[quote Rod Pinhandle]Hey Teg...what was the old one like? I love cars like this but notbat £50k. I therefore wonder if an older one might be worth a go?[/quote]
I owned an actual HSV VT Series but have driven the VXR8. I also realise my opinions of cars handling can be a little askew to everyone else's as I prefer a stiffer set up!!
The HSV and VXR8 were always a little too softly sprung for my liking which made for a good ride but I felt they lost something in body control because of it. Also the steering lacked feel. The new car (from the report) does seem to address this somewhat but I will have to get a steer in one to find out for myself.
They were always stupendously fun cars (sideways doesn't begin to cover it) but I personally got frustrated with the fact you never felt like you could stretch them properly in this country on the roads, but was too soft for track work.
If you are even remotely interested in owning one then just do it. They are real characters and I wouldn't change the time I had with mine for anything.
It will still look awful and you could buy a faster, better looking version of its predecessor now; namely the Monaro VXR 500.
Until reading this article I didn't actually know that the pound's value had fallen so badly against the Aus$. Double shame.
Edit: Someone had one for sale on Pistonheads:http://pistonheads.co.uk/sales/2258700.htm.
A bit over done but all the bits are there and it still looks better than this 'new' car
i dont think the cost of this car will cause too much of a problem to the person who buys it! it will be bought by die hard Holden/Vauxhall/GM fans and yes they wont sell many and this is why i would much rather have one over a merc c63 or a bmw m3 but then i'm a Vauxhall/Holden fan and for that reason i would have one and explains my point above!