Vauxhall has released its most powerful production car ever, the Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst S.
The combination of a Walkinshaw Performance 122 supercharger and the latest Corvette-sourced 6.2-litre LS3 V8 gives the Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst S 552bhp.
That’s a 20bhp power advantage over the previous supercharged VXR8, which used the older 6.0-litre LS2 version of the Corvette motor, and 127bhp more than the current normally aspirated car.
The supercharger also pushes the torque of the Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst S up by 127lb ft to 527lb ft (although, in the interests of durability, this is 41lb ft down on the old supercharged car’s 568lb ft, despite the car’s high-capacity clutch).
The Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst S gets stiffened height-adjustable springs and bespoke, individually adjustable coil-over dampers. Six-pot front brake callipers and four-pot rear callipers are also fitted as standard.
The most interesting option available for the VXR8 Bathurst S, however, is what Vauxhall calls the "Bi-modal exhaust" (also available on the non-supercharged Bathurst model). This 2.5in-diameter system permits two noise settings to be selected; Street limits the Bathurst S to 92dbA, while the Optimum setting releases the full 102dbA.
The trick exhaust system costs £1600, while the VXR8 Bathurst S is on sale now, priced from £44,995.