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 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. 

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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.

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