As the likes of BMW M-Division, Mercedes’ AMG and Audi’s RS routinely prove these days, there aren’t many ways of buying a new car with more than 500bhp, for less than £50,000. Until today, in fact, we couldn’t think of a single one.
Thankfully, Vauxhall has come up with the answer. As of this October, it will offer a supercharger kit as an option on the VXR8 super-saloon. Ticking that box will cost you an additional £6995 on top of the car’s princely £35,105 list price, and buy you 540 screaming horses. For £42,100. Value for money doesn’t get much better than that.
The modification also gets you 30 per cent more torque than the standard car, comes with a three-year warranty, and can be ordered and fitted retrospectively by owners who have already taken delivery of their cars.