The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R will be the last V8-engined Vauxhall as the swansong to the Holden Commodore-based VXR8, production of which comes to an end later this year.
The hardcore GTS-R will be launched at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Production of the Commodore comes to an end in October, but not before 15 are transformed into VXR8 GTS-Rs, with 587bhp and 546lb ft of torque. These figures make it the most powerful Vauxhall-badged car yet, thanks to engine remapping and an improved air filter. There are also upgraded brakes and model-exclusive 20in alloys.
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 final of the 15 GTS-Rs will be the last in the VXR8’s ten-year history, after the model replaced the two-door Vauxhall Monaro in 2007. It’s likely to be the brand’s last V8 model, as the small-car-friendly PSA Group takes over the Vauxhall and Opel brands at the end of this year.
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.
The limited-run GTS-R will cost £74,500, and delivery takes several months; an order placed now will arrive in the UK during the first quarter of 2018.
Some GTS-Rs will arrive before the end of this year, however; Vauxhall has sold 11 of the 15, and two of its five Maloo LSAs - the GTS-R's closely-related ute variant.