587bhp Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R – full specs of brand's most powerful car

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R

Fifteen VXR8 GTS-Rs will be sold in the UK, and are likely to be the last V8-engined Vauxhalls ever, as Holden’s Australian production comes to an end

The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R can lay claim to being the brand’s most powerful road model as well as its last to use a V8 engine.

The UK-version of Holden’s swansong Commodore, which goes out of production this October, has been launched at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It uses a supercharged 6.2-litre LSA V8 that’s received hardware and software upgrades to produce 587bhp and 546lb ft of torque.

Power is sent to the back via a limited-slip differential that offers torque vectoring and enables a zero to 60mph dash that takes 4.2sec. Top speed is limited at 155mph.

Braking is handled by 410mm (front) and 372mm (rear) discs that work with six and four-piston calipers respectively. Vauxhall’s right-hand drive super saloon also sits on new 20in alloy wheels.

The GTS-R is marked by revised front-end styling, a splitter, carbonfibre vents and a new diffuser and spoiler, while Alcantara trim has been added to the interior. 

Vauxhall’s GTS-R model is on sale now, with just 15 models on offer, priced from £74,500. 11 are said to have already been sold. First UK deliveries are due before the close of 2017, with the rest expected in the first quarter of 2018. 

This will mark the close of a 10-year story for the VXR8 model, which began when its replaced the two-door Vauxhall Monaro in 2007. The GTS-R is predicted to remain the brand’s last V8 model because new owner, the PSA Group, will likely focus on smaller capacity and larger volume vehicles.

As such, a VXR8 successor under PSA would be more likely to use a highly-tuned four-cylinder engine like that of the Peugeot RCZ R, although a high-performance V6 can’t be ruled out.

Vauxhall is also still selling the Maloo LSA – the GTS-R’s closely-related ute variant – but just three of the five allocations for that car remain available.

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Source: Autocar Online

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