Fifteen VXR8 GTS-Rs will be sold in the UK, and are likely to be the last V8-engined Vauxhalls ever as Holden’s Australian production comes to an end

The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R can lay claim to being its maker's most powerful road model as well as its last to use a V8 engine.

The UK-version of Holden's swansong Commodore, which goes out of production this October, has been launched at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It's powered by a supercharged 6.2-litre LSA V8 that's received hardware and software upgrades to produce 587bhp and 546lb ft of torque.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential with torque vectoring and enables a 0-60mph time of 4.2sec. Top speed is electronically limited at 155mph. Braking is handled by 410mm (front) and 372mm (rear) discs that work with six and four-piston callipers respectively. Vauxhall's right-hand-drive super saloon also gets new 20in alloy wheels.

The GTS-R is marked by revised front-end styling, a splitter, carbonfibre vents and a new diffuser and spoiler, while Alcantara trim has been added to the interior. 

The model is on sale now, with just 15 to be built, priced from £74,500. Eleven have already been sold. First UK deliveries are due before the end of 2017, with the rest expected in the first quarter of 2018. 

This will mark the close of a 10-year story for the VXR8, which began when it replaced the two-door Vauxhall Monaro in 2007. The GTS-R is predicted to remain the last V8-engined Vauxhall model, because the brand's new owner, the PSA Group, will likely focus on smaller-capacity and larger-volume vehicles.

As such, a VXR8 successor under PSA would be more likely to use a highly-tuned four-cylinder engine like that of the Peugeot RCZ R, although a high-performance V6 can’t be ruled out.

Vauxhall is also still selling the Maloo LSA, the GTS-R's closely-related ute variant, with three of the five allocations of that car still available.

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5 June 2017
15. Well that should be more than enough to satisfy all those wanting to spend £75K advertising Halfords' after-market parts bin. Okay, it may not be built from Halfords delightful range of automotive tack, but it certainly looks like it.

5 June 2017
Yup it's a pretty gormless-looking thing.

5 June 2017
Because you tread on my dreams

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

5 June 2017
I'm buying one of these to replace the Maloo.
Or if I win Lotto...

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

5 June 2017
How about an interior upgrade?, am just saying!!!

Peter Cavellini.

5 June 2017
It sucks that these are going out of production. I'll own a green Maloo some day! It's been one of my dream cars for years.

6 June 2017
Automotive diversity should be celebrated. Not everyone wants or needs one of the growing percentage of cars with all the entertainment and charisma legislated out of them.

30 June 2017
Farewell Holden as a car manufacturer,killed off by changing tastes and free trade agreements. Sure the name will continue with imported cars bearing the name be the same,I'm sure that Australian's won't feel that Korean & Thal sourced cars will not be "Our Car", the only slight glimmer on the horizon might be Holden Special Vehicles giving their treatment to the Astra or is that too much to hope?

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