There’s nothing subtle about the Vauxhall VXR8, least of all the way it looks. However, strip away the big body kit, aggressive intakes, fancy alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights, and you’re left with a fairly ordinary saloon.
But this is the essence of a muscle car – hotting up a standard rear-drive saloon with a big engine and wild styling is what it’s all about.
The entry-level VXR8 Clubsport is effectively the pre-facelifted version left behind when the GTS model was launched. The look is far more subtle, with a deep front spoiler packed with vents to feed cool air to the radiator, a rear spoiler that seriously compromises visibility and LED rear lights that Vauxhall says are designed to look like fast-jet afterburners.
The Clubsport is available as a special order only, in saloon and estate body styles.
The GTS looks even more outrageous, with a different grille and bumper treatment, but to our eyes it’s all a little too much. If the saloon or estate models are just too ordinary, Vauxhall can supply the VXR8 Maloo, a V8-engined pick-up.