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

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.

Our Verdict

Vauxhall VRX8 2011-2012

The Vauxhall VXR8 is an unsophisticated sledgehammer that is engaging, entertaining and very different from the German super-coupés that it rivals

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29 May 2013

Massive power but the gearbox will let it down.......clutch feel and the movement from 2nd to 3rd will be shocking.

The other factor is the aero, the cars not stable at 140mph........yet this type of raw power and torque could most likely push this Mad Max to beyond 190mph....

11 December 2013
[quote=Matthew Langton]

Massive power but the gearbox will let it down.......clutch feel and the movement from 2nd to 3rd will be shocking. The other factor is the aerodynamics, the car is not stable at 140mph.

[/quote] Sources and evidence, please. Or is this just your opinion based on... not driving the vehicle?

29 May 2013

"Figures arent released" ????  They have with the HSV. I doubt Vauxhall will change the ZL1 engine much, if at all

29 May 2013

Is that a 'Holden' logo on the headrest? They may as well not bother to rebadge it!

29 May 2013

Great value, at only £5,000 over the existing car. As for complaining about the gearbox, dont be daft, and at least the it has a manual option, not something any of the obvious alternatives have.

Its sad they have gone electric with the hand brake though. And more importantly, does it have the same electric power steering of the standard Commodore, or have HSV retained a hydraulic set up?

Looks are typically OTT though (to my eyes). Probably better in estate form if thats available this time around. 

29 May 2013

Lot of car and performance for the money and how ironic that this Aussie beast is still going strong when the plug has been pulled from it's home grown rival, the Ford Falcon.

11 December 2013
that really put the mockers on it, didn't it?

29 May 2013

This would go down a whole load better if it weren't a Vauxhall.   Keep the Holden badge!

 

29 May 2013

Symanski wrote:

This would go down a whole load better if it weren't a Vauxhall.   Keep the Holden badge!

 

Have you any idea what it would cost to set up Holden in the UK? Type Approval, dealer branding even stationery? You'd be looking at millions and the whole idea is to give Vauxhall a halo car for the range. As for that comment about the change from second to third gear...

Wimp!

29 May 2013

They have introduced Opel to Australia though, maybe they should have brought Holden to our shores and ditched Chevrolet.

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