What is it?
It’s a Vauxhall VXR8 with more poke. A lot more poke. Because, as you’ll no doubt be aware, the regular Vauxhall VXR8 is pathetically shy of horses, equipped as it is with a paltry 411 of them…
Actually, although that is a lot, and as churlish as this sounds, one of the criticisms we have of the regular VXR8 is that, for all the M5-crushing hype, it’s not quite as explosively fast in a straight line as it could be. It takes nearly five and a half seconds to reach 60mph, after all. And if that doesn’t sound slow, consider that an Audi RS4 (414bhp) will do the same in a touch more than four-and-a-half.
Granted, that’s partly because on anything more than a third throttle, the VXR8’s back wheels are more inclined to smoke themselves to the canvas than transfer its 411bhp and 406lbft into forward motion. But it’s also because the VXR8 weighs 1812kg.
And, given VXR is in the business of producing Vauxhalls for nutcases, that’s not fast enough. So the VXR8 has been off to WPP (Tom Walkinshaw’s Oxfordshire performance product HQ) to have a supercharger fitted (at £6990), as well as a ‘Supercar V8’ exhaust (£1114), lowered suspension (£543) and 20-inch Chrome Shadow alloy wheels (£2938). Our test car also had sat-nav (£1500), making this a £48,190 car.