Extensive range of revisions under consideration
11 September 2009

Vauxhall is contemplating an extensive range of revisions for the V8-powered VXR8, including Audi R8-style magnetic ride.

An updated Holden Commodore HSV has been launched in Australia and the VXR8, Vauxhall’s British version, could also be revised for next year.

The HSV facelift includes nostril-style bonnet vents, a restyled front bumper and LED running lights.

A more aggressive bumper dominates the rear, integrating two exhaust pipes, and a high-rise spoiler sits atop black struts.

Australia’s ClubSport R8 saloon, Clubsport R8 Tourer, Maloo R8, and GTS, all now come standard with Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) and a number of other cost options.

Vauxhall UK is now assessing whether to introduce some of the changes to the VXR8, although the price would inevitably increase.

“At the moment we are considering whether to take that model on, but if we do it won’t be until next year,” said a Vauxhall spokesman. “We are in negotiations with the guys in Australia.”

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11 September 2009

I am sure there is a market for a more extreme version, and maybe they could then bring in a cheaper less hardcore model as they did with the Monaro. Afterall the current car and the VXR Monaro were produced by HSV whereas the standard Monaro was a Holden. But as long as they keep bringing these Aussie machines here in some form i will be happy

11 September 2009

I prefer the look of the current one. What they should do is import the estate version.

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