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VXR8 GTS super-saloon can outrun a BMW M5, Mercedes E63 AMG and Jaguar XFR-S
Mark Tisshaw
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11 December 2013

Vauxhall’s new VXR8 GTS will make its public debut at the Autosport International show in January.

The 576bhp super-saloon has the power to outpunch the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and Jaguar XFR-S.

A supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine powers the new VXR8 GTS. Its engine is the General Motors LSA unit that’s featured in the most recent Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and its power output is 24bhp higher than the M5’s, 27bhp more than the E63 AMG’s and 34bhp more than the XFR-S’s when those cars are in their standard specifications.

At £54,999, the VXR8 GTS also significantly undercuts those cars. Vauxhall claims that it is the least expensive way to buy a new car with more than 500bhp in the UK.

The VXR8 GTS is based on sister company Holden Special Vehicles’ (HSV) new GEN-F GTS, which is billed as the most powerful production car ever to have emerged from Australia. It produces 150bhp more than the new car’s LS3-engined predecessor. Torque is also up by 140lb ft to 545lb ft.

These increases are mainly down to the addition of the supercharger, but a whole host of other engine upgrades feature, including an upgraded exhaust system and improved cooling and air intake systems.

The engine sends its power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is optional.

The new VXR8 GTS can sprint to 60mph in 4.2 seconds, and has a limited top speed of 155mph. That makes it significantly faster than the outgoing GTS, which managed the same sprint in 4.9 seconds.

Torque vectoring and Magnetic Ride Control (magnetically charged adaptive dampers) with three modes of stiffness — Touring, Sport and Track — feature. 

Mounted behind the gearlever is a dial that allows the driver to control the various electronic systems via one of four settings: Touring, Sport, Performance and Track. The systems controlled by this include the ESC, launch control, traction control, exhaust sound, torque vectoring and electric power steering. 

Vauxhall claims that these improvements “deliver greater body control, sharper handling, and a significantly more pliant ride quality” than the previous VXR8 GTS.

Forged aluminium six-piston calipers with two-piece discs provide the stopping power. The 20-inch alloy wheels are shod in 255/35 R20 Continental tyres up front, and 275/35 R20 tyres at the rear. 

A host of safety and convenience tech is included as standard. Among the features is a Vauxhall first: a Forward Collision Alert system. This can brace the brakes when a collision is imminent and warn the driver audibly and visibly on the head-up display.

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A facelift for the new VXR8 GTS includes a front end that’s designed to make the car look wider. The front grille is also new. A large diffuser with integrated quad exhausts is one of the standout features at the rear, alongside a spoiler.

Improvements to the interior include leather sports seats, a new centre console with integrated infotainment screen, a new instrument binnacle and new switchgear.

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Ruperts Trooper 11 December 2013

Is this the last Vauxhall V8 ?

GM and the Australian govt are seriously thinking about closing Holden manufacturing and just selling rebadged Chevrolets there - if it happens HSV will also close so no more Vauxhall VXR8s.
Straff 11 December 2013

Future

Ruperts Trooper wrote:
GM and the Australian govt are seriously thinking about closing Holden manufacturing and just selling rebadged Chevrolets there - if it happens HSV will also close so no more Vauxhall VXR8s.
GM have made no secret of the fact that this is the last Commodore. Our only hope it the Camaro, Corvette and the new Chevrolet SS that should replace the Commodore in a couple of year's time. Get your orders in now!
Ruperts Trooper 11 December 2013

Holden gone by 2017

Just confirmed - Holden to end manufacturing in 2017
martin_66 31 May 2013

Fabulous

This thing has a thundering V8 engine which puts out more power than a Ferrari 458 Italia, yet has enough room for my family and all our luggage.

Finally, a "Vauxhall" that I would happily spend my own money on.  I am normally an M5 sort of guy, but when I can get this for 20 grand less, it just seems utter madness to buy anything else.

Kushil 30 May 2013

Logo is HSV logo

I can not see Holden logo, only HSV logo.

 

martin_66 31 May 2013

Logo

Kushil,

You obviously haven't looked at the pictures of the steering wheel or headrests yet.  Definitely Holden logos there.