What is it?
The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is an anomaly, if we’re being serious about the relevance of a 576bhp rear-drive saloon fashioned in what is undoubtably a fairly old school manner.
It’s big, it is not subtle, it looks quite scary and it has a boost gauge. It is not a slick German. It’s a hybrid of the Holden Commodore and a Chevrolet Camaro, with that car’s thumping 6.2-litre V8 enhanced by a big old supercharger. There are no other cars like this on sale in the UK, or Europe, really.
That’s not to say that this new VXR8 GTS is crude, because it isn’t. It has a lot more tech than the VXR8: torque vectoring, a fearsome looking set of upgraded brakes, launch control, all sorts of switchable performance modes, and underneath the admittedly rather noticeable exterior lies a thoroughly reconstructed drivetrain, based on a Camaro LS3 engine but extensively mucked about with to create this car.
The interior has been tweaked, too, with new materials and instruments.