The 2011 Vauxhall VXR8, based on the Holden E3 GTS in Australia, has received some revisions and restyling over the previous VXR8 model. Exterior revisions include a new front and rear end whilst the interior sees a new cabin which boasts new technology that should appeal to those of you that like to know such information as longitudinal and lateral G-force, power and torque.
Two other Vauxhall VXR8 models will be joining the saloon in the UK which will be available to special order: the Maloo (pickup) and the Sports Tourer (estate). Both use the same running gear and platform as the VXR8 saloon. The Vauxhall VXR8 starts at £49,500 and aims to compete with super saloons such as the Audi RS6, Jaguar XFR and Mercedes Benz E63 AMG.
A new, 'Shockwave' front grille, LED daytime running lights and new wing-vents feature at the Vauxhall VXR8's front, while the rear sees a new 'Superflow' rear spoiler, LED tail lamps and twin exhaust tips that mirror the shape of the front grille.
The exterior doesn't seem to have quite found its place between the stealth bomber-style sharp, angular lines and the smooth, rounded Euro-style design. That said; there is no denying that the Vauxhall VXR8 has a brutish road presence whose intentions are clear.
In terms of performance against price, the Vauxhall VXR8 looks promising with a 0-60 mph time of 5.0 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph. Compare that to the Jaguar XFR, which has a starting price of £64,400 (at the time of writing), a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a 155mph limited top speed, so it seems the VXR8 may well be a worthy competitor.
The Vauxhall VXR8 is equipped with a 6.2 litre V8, producing 431PS and 550Nm of torque. In the test car, drive was delivered to the rear axle via a six-speed auto 'box. A six-speed manual gearbox with an uprated LS7 clutch is also available. Both options utilise a mechanical limited slip differential.
The Vauxhall VXR8 provides a nice combination of sedate quiet driving when you wish to amble along and yet when you decide it's time to play, the car surges forward with a fantastic deep growl from the exhaust that would intimidate lesser cars - let off the accelerator and return to a quiet and relaxed cruise, with no indication that you are driving anything other than a comfortable saloon.
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