The VXR8 GTS-R is the very limited-edition design that marks the demise of the V8-powered Vauxhall ... possibly forever. The VXR8 is really a rebadged Holden Commodore and, with Australian automobile production being relaxed, the Commodore as we know it will quickly disappear. If that wasn't sufficient to exterminate the VXR8, the Luton marque's sale to PSA Group previously this year would have provided for the charismatic old brute anyhow.
Vauxhall has been importing Commodores as well as sticking Griffin badges on them for years now and, prior to that, it did much the same with the Monaro coupé. So just what we're claiming farewell to below - with Vauxhall's most powerful car ever, no less - is 13 years of big power, V8-engined, rear-wheel-drive punks. A depressing day, without a doubt.
Simply 15 GTS-Rs will be marketed in the UK, so it will certainly always be an appropriate unicorn vehicle. That's just as well since the ₤ 74,500 asking cost - for a rebadged Commodore, bear in mind - puts the cars and truck firmly in a region that's labeled 'punchy'. A number of a software application, as well as induction upgrades to the supercharged 6.2-litre V8, have actually lifted power by an extremely small 11bhp over the VXR8 GTS, taking complete outcome to 587bhp. Torque continues to be at 546lb ft. The VXR8 is a sizeable point as well as weighs in at an instead beefy 1880kg.
Vauxhall estimates a 0-60mph time of 4.2 sec and also a digitally limited top speed of 155mph. A limited slip differential, torque vectoring by stopping as well as substantial 410mm brake discs on the front axle are all there to control the monstrous power.
It's a limited-edition model, which implies limited opportunities to check it. We're the initial publication to be provided a run in the VXR8 GTS-R So what did we construct from it?
It's totally unlike other super-saloon, for starters. The more mainstream choices of major German automakers such as the four-wheel drive, twin-turbocharged V8, and the current paddle shift transmission, but the GTS-R follow the easier and older school formula. as an alternative available automatic gearbox, but the car is equipped with a six-speed manual. VXR8 is a rear wheel drive only,
The cabin is certainly not proper of a near ₤ 75,000 car, due to the fact that most of the products are plasticky and also the phony carbon fiber cut on the dashboard is not at all convincing. But in terms of the more vital stuff - seating position, the seats themselves, cabin area, presence and so on - there's very little to fault. The seats are big, plush comfortable points that really hold you in the position really successfully.
In several means, the GTS-R feels like a four-door GT auto. Besides the comfortable seats, the flight is rather suiting, the drivetrain is simple and easy and also the whole automobile feels really relaxed, as opposed to being snugly wound or uptight. It would, in fact, make an excellent long-distance device.
When you turn the little knob on the center console to choose Performance mode, though, it becomes every bit the mad and amazing super-saloon the hostile outside designing suggests it is. The exhaust shutoffs blow open so vocally at 4500rpm that it appears as though the whole exhaust system has diminished and also the V8 boom that adheres to promptly after mirrors for mile upon mile throughout the countryside.
The engine is a complete beast, pulling through long equipment proportions with a relentless force. That long tailoring, by the way, implies the auto, in fact, finds very good grip - it isn't really simply a rampant wheelspin equipment whatsoever. Dynamically, the car is far more video game along with a turning moorland roadway compared to anything this huge, as well as heavy, has any best to be. There's a lot of grasps and a respectable front end, but you do have to endure it. The body coming in edges and heaves backward and forwards over crests and also compressions in a lazy and also sluggish way, so you need to enable it to settle after one large input prior to it could take care of one more.
Every little thing feels as though it's wrapped in a layer of rubber. There's a squishiness as well as a conformity to all the major controls as well as in the way the suspension and guiding run. It means the GTS-R isn't an ultra-agile, super-responsive barroom like a Mercedes-AMG E63, but you can rush it along with a tricky roadway, however. If you can match your driving design to the type of rate it wants to move along at, the GTS-R can be a substantial quantity of fun.
What the VXR8 GTS-R has on its side is personality. The new BMW M5 will most certainly leave it throughout a moorland road, however, it would not necessarily be much more enjoyable. There cannot be many individuals that agree to go down ₤ 74,500 on something that looks fairly so bold, but Vauxhall only needs to find 15 buyers. If you're after an unusual and also charming option to the super-saloon facility, you should attempt really tough to be among them.
Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R.
Area Exmoor; On sale Now; Price ₤ 74,500; Engine Supercharged V8, 6162cc, gas; Power 587bhp at 6150rpm; Torque 546lb ft at 3850rpm; Gearbox Six-speed manual; Kerb weight 1880kg; Top rate 155mph; 0-60mph 4.2 sec; Economy 18.0 mpg; CO2 373g/km; Rivals BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63