This dramatic coupé is a major re-working of the Vauxhall VX220. It’s powered by an updated V6 and promises to deliver genuine supercar perfromance. Built by new independent British firm S.Sport, the V-XS is in the final design stages and will cost from £45,000. Starting with a VX220, and retaining the bonded aluminium chassis and its body structure, the company extends the wheelbase by 170mm (making it longer than a Porsche 911) and the front and rear tracks by 100mm, before dropping in an uprated 326bhp version of Vauxhall’s V6, uprating the suspension and installing AP Racing four-pot brake calipers. It also gets a stronger clutch. Simon Scleater, S.Sport’s technical director, claims the weight distribution is now rear-biased at 44:56.
Vauxhall has been supporting the project from conception, supplying parts and technical know-how, although still distancing itself from the finished product. Buyers will get a 12-month/ 12,000-mile warranty from Henley Heritage, the TVR dealer that will also act as distributor for the V-XS. S.Sport is also planning a £50k lightweight track-oriented version called VX LWC, featuring upgrades such as extra brake cooling. Weighing 900kg, the V-XS is predicted to have a 0-60mph time of around four seconds and a top speed of 160mph.