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This is the UK's new Vauxhall VXR8, which also happens to be Australia's HSV Clubsport R8 (ignore that "based-on" nonsense....this is as straight a rebadge as you'll ever see). Both are the spawn of the Holden VE Commodore as presented after the speed freaks at HSV have had their way with it.

In this case, "having their way" means 420 horsepower, 400+ lbs of torque, and a sub-5-second run to 60mph. The source of the enhanced juice is GM's muscled-up 6.0L V8, which is mated to a six-speed manual as standard equipment. A 6-speed automatic is available on the option sheet as well.

Big brakes, a new bodykit with unique front and rear fascias, and new 20" wheels help maximize the badassedness. All in favor of this car as the Pontiac G8 GXP say, "Aye!"

Let the General know in the comments.

[Source: Vauxhall]


· New Vauxhall supersaloon on sale in July, priced at £34,995
· 6.0-litre V8, 420bhp, 0-60mph in 4.9 secs.
· First VXR model available with an auto gearbox

Motoring enthusiasts across Britain mourned the passing of the Monaro. The only Australian-built car to be sold in the UK offered raw and exciting performance thanks to its 6.0-litre V8 and rear-wheel drive set up.

But the thunder from down under hasn't stopped yet – in fact it's only going to get louder. Vauxhall has announced the arrival of a new Aussie musclecar – the VXR8 – and it's more powerful and exciting than even the legendary Monaro.

The dramatic-looking new saloon is powered by the same 6.0-litre V8 as the outgoing Monaro VXR, but revisions to the engine have made it even more efficient. It now develops a massive 420PS and 550Nm of torque, giving it enough grunt to sprint from

0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds. No other supercar offers this sort of power for anywhere near the VXR8's price.

Yet the VXR8, based on Australia 's Holden HSV Clubsport R8, offers more in the way of practicality than the outgoing Monaro, with four doors and space for all the family.

Although practical, with a spacious boot, comfortable, long-legged cruising ability and luxuries such as climate control and leather trim, the VXR8 is certainly no softie. Driver aids such as the stability system and traction control can be turned off at the flick of a switch – perfect for drivers who want to hone their skills on a track day!

And VXR8 goes as well as it stops, too, with powerful 365mm front disc brakes that slow the car down from 60mph to a standstill faster than a Lamborghini Murcielago or BMW M5.

In response to customer demand, the VXR8 will also be the first VXR model to be offered with an automatic gearbox. In order to maintain the control which VXR buyers require, the optional £1,400 self-shifter has a manual override and a sport setting which ensure the performance isn't blunted – in fact the auto is only half a second slower to 60mph than the manual!

Satellite navigation and 20-inch wheels will be offered as options for those who want to make their VXR8 look more distinctive and help find their way to the best driving roads. Even with all the option boxes ticked however, the VXR8 is still around half the price of other cars with comparable performance. As all fast car fans know, Aussie rules.......

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      • 8 Years Ago
      accordsforall: "And on top of all of that.. GM in particular.. (I havent even made comments on Ford yet) would ever bring over such a potent vehicle.. for a market that lovingly sucks up all of the cheap crap.. and top heavy poor crash testing suvs it makes. Not to mention.. its sedans.. are poorly lacking.

      But give them a coupla more years. And they might get it.. I said.. might."

      Ford is taking most of the aid that the Aussie government gave them and putting it toward the development of left-hand drive Falcons. That info was in a Motor Trend recently. The new Falcon Ford Aus. is working on will pass U.S standards. They need us as much as we need them for the Falcon to succeed, or Ford Australia will fall with the others.

      If the G8 sells very well, which I think it will, then I think it's a matter of time when we get VXR8 -like car. With US and Japanese automakers always afraid of stepping on each others toes when it comes to performance in particular vehicles. I brought this up before, but would Honda actually release an Accord Type-R in the U.S. when they already make a premium off of Acura's Type-S cars? No (I wish they did). I think it's similar to GM and the possibility of Caddy's V-series having direct competition within GM against VXR8-like cars. Forget about the luxury difference, because
      U.S. divisions of all makes want you to pay for the luxury on top of the performance you are already getting. They think if you want it so bad to the point where you are willing to pay more for stuff you may not want.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It'd be cool to have in the US, but I shudder to think what it'd look like if they tried to put a Pontiac front end on it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd love to see it in US. I see buyers in a market for a used M5, E55 AMG, RS6, definitely considering this model. We're looking at about $48k for this type of a model which is same price range as the used cars I mentioned above. I was just recently looking at 2003 M5 for $50k...I'd much rather get this instead.

      So I hope GM will bring this as GXP8 and not decontent it. That would kill it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hellooooooo G8...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm slurring my speech again. I need to stop drinking before I put up posts, so sorry for the errors...I did spell everything right...I think.
      • 8 Years Ago
      jesus, that thing looks mean
      Jonathan Hicks
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree that it should absolutely come to the states as the Pontiac G8 GXP. Please do it GM!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Too bad Bob Lutz wasn't born in the US and he's 75 years old, 'cause I'd vote for him for President in 2008!
      • 8 Years Ago
      the tail lights look alittle cheap, they look like two different colors!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Your Mama is so ugly...
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Slap a bow tie on it and reintroduce the Chevelle!
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