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Vauxhall VXR8 GTS lets you terrify M5s and AMGs on the cheap

Most Vauxhalls are built to ferry families, junior execs and young kids, but there are a handful that can mix it with sports cars. The latest of these is the new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS – a mental super-saloon that has enough power to terrify BMW M5s, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMGs and Jaguar XFRs.

Nearly 600bhp for less than £55,000? Yes please.
Nearly 600bhp for less than £55,000? Yes please.

This boxy sledgehammer is powered by the same brutal 576bhp supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine that propels the Holden GEN-F GTS and the latest Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Performance figures haven’t yet been released, but it’s expected to outgun the naturally-aspirated VXR8, which is capable of 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph.

Power is transmitted to the rear wheels of the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS via an MG9 spec 6-speed manual transmission with oil cooler and twin-plate clutch (an optional six-speed auto box is also available), while the whole thing breathes through high-flow exhaust manifolds and an exhaust system with bi-modal silencers with two settings: loud and deaf.

That sort of power in this sort of car is often a recipe for chronic understeer, but Vauxhall has fitted a Brake Torque Vectoring system that generates a ‘rotational moment’ in the rear axle while the car is under power. This, combined with an electronic stability system that applies braking to the inside rear wheel while transferring torque to the outside rear wheel helps prevent the front sliding wide while cornering.

The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS rides on magnetic suspension with three settings: Touring, Sport and Track, each firmer and more aggressive than the last for improved body control. A launch control system helps modulate throttle input during aggressive starts to help improve traction during hooligan-type starts.

Despite its obvious aggressiveness, the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS has plenty of luxury features. A head-up display comes as standard and shows vehicle speed, engine temperatures and g-forces directly on the windscreen. The car also features a blind spot alert system, automatic park assist, front and rear park assist, reversing cameras and forward collision alert.

The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS will cost £54,999. That’s £5,000 more than the outgoing model, but it’s still a great deal considering the improved power and spec.

The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is available to order now with first deliveries expected at the end of 2013.

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