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2011 Vauxhall VXR8 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Listen, General Motors. We know you're kinda busy getting back on track, jump-starting your IPO, and generally getting your house in order. We appreciate it and everything. But could we ask just one favor? You see this Vauxhall? Could you bring it over to this side of the Atlantic, please? You don't have to bring Pontiac back to do it, no matter how many people are still looking it up on Google. You can slap a Bowtie badge on the nose – heck you can make it a Buick if you want. Call it a Daewoo for all we care. Just bring it here.

What we're talking about is the new Vauxhall VXR8, and it could very well be the best performance sedan The General offers this side of the Cadillac CTS-V. And it's just undergone a series of updates, complete with a restyled front end, tail and interior, along with some new gizmos to keep all the power in check.

The VXR8 is based on the Holden Commodore, but instead of the hot ClubSport R8 model on which the previous Vauxhall was based, the new model starts with the new E3 GTS just launched in Australia. That means a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 with 425 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque – kept in line by new Magnetic Ride Control and Launch Control systems, driving through a six-speed transmission (automatic or manual) and a mechanical diff – for a 4.9-second sprint to 60 mph and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

There are plenty more reasons to want this muscle sedan on American shores, pronto, and you can read all about 'em in the press release after the jump. We just hope someone at the RenCenter is listening.

[Source: Vauxhall]
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  • New VXR8 hits UK dealers next March, based on higher-spec GTS model
  • Re-designed exterior and new interior with full leather trim as standard
  • Magnetic Ride Control & Launch Control complement 431PS V8 powertrain
Luton – Vauxhall's storming VXR8 model is back with a vengeance, packing heavily revised front- and rear-end styling, a new cabin and a raft of new technology to enhance its appeal to drivers in search of one of the last, great rear-drive V8 super-saloons.

Priced at £49,500 (inc. 20 per cent VAT) and available to order later this month, the new VXR8 is now based on HSV's E3 GTS model, just launched in Australia, the previous VXR8 representing the old version of the lower-spec ClubSport R8. That means it still undercuts full-size super saloons like the Audi RS6, Jaguar XFR and Mercedes E63 AMG by between £13k and £29k, and even performance saloons from the class below, such as the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG.

A new, 'Shockwave' grille, LED daytime running lights and sleek new wing-vents mark the new car out from the front, while the rear features a new 'Superflow' rear spoiler, LED tail lamps and twin exhaust tips that mimic the shape of the front grille. As you can see from these first official press shots of our Hazard Yellow car, the new VXR8 will never blend into the scenery!

As before, the new VXR8's race-bred chassis uses MacPherson struts/progressive rate coil springs at the front and a multi-link independent set-up at the rear. But for the first time on a VXR8, Vauxhall has employed Magnetic Ride Control (MRC), a suspension system which adapts up to 1000 times a seconds to road conditions and driver inputs. Based on technology used in GM's current Corvette ZR1 supercar, MRC works by sending an electric current through damper units filled with 'soft' magnetic particles. These particles harden as the input reaches its maximum value, providing drivers with exceptional levels of ride, handling and stopping power.

Complementing the new VXR8's MRC is Launch Control, which is engaged when drivers select the ESC's (Electronic Stability Control) Competition Mode. The system dictates the level of torque delivered to the rear wheels for maximum acceleration, according to surface conditions. All the driver has to do is floor the throttle and let the car do the rest. Extensive testing has proved that LC results in acceleration runs no more than 0.1 second apart.

Of course, no VXR8 would be complete without a large-capacity V8, and this latest version doesn't disappoint. The fourth generation 6.2-litre LS3 unit produces 431PS and a massive 550Nm of torque, enough to propel the VXR8 from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds and on to a governed top speed of 155mph. As before, drive is delivered to the rear axle via either a six-speed manual or auto transmission, working through a mechanical limited slip differential.

Inside, the new VXR8 has undergone a transformation. Full leather trim is now standard, and front occupants are cocooned in special HSV Performance Seats with eight-way adjustability. A new instrument cluster and surround, centre stack and switchgear provide a cleaner and more integrated look, while standard equipment also includes Aux-in/USB inputs, iPod support and Bluetooth with phone book display and touch-screen dialling.

But for drivers who want to engage with their VXR8 like never before, Vauxhall has introduced EDI, or Enhanced Driver Interface. EDI connects with the on-board computer to constantly stream real-time vehicle dynamics and performance to the car's main 5-inch monitor. At the touch of the screen, drivers can access a variety of data such as vehicle G-forces, power and torque and lap times – even the degree to which their VXR8 is drifting. Completing the clever package is the ability for drivers to download data, such as track day performance, and analyse it using the MOTEC i2 software provided.

Befitting its exclusivity, the VXR8 is now available through just six highly specialist VXR dealers in the UK, though a total of 34 VXR outlets will be authorised to maintain the model.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I want those seats! (8-way power? Why couldn't the friggin G8 have that to begin with?!)

      I want that Nav/Infotainment touch screen! (same as above)

      I want that suspension! (same as above)

      I want that launch control! (and.... ditto)
      • 4 Years Ago
      All we really want for "the holidays"???
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pety its not as fast as its natuaral competitor in australia where its from... the....

      Ford Falcon GT / GT-P - 335Kw 570Nm
      HSV GTS ( this yellow beast ) 325Kw 550Nm

      it a little more subtle then this... unless you ask for the stripe package on the GT/GT-P
      • 4 Years Ago
      The blog provides helpful information regarding the topic and it also gives a vast knowledge as well which helps us in our studies and in practical life.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about bring it over here as a Vauxhall? You know, add some VARIETY?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is one gaudy looking piece of equipment. Makes a bumblebee yellow Camaro look like an Aston.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the specs, hate the ricey looks.

      Bring it as a Chevy without the "rice" and GM would have a winner on it's hands.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, yes a thousand times yes!

        Chevy strip this thing of all character and bring it over, because what you need is yet another bland sedan!

        ....Here it comes!
        • 4 Years Ago

        This car could never be bland. I agree it is a little to flashy for me as well. Give us the G8. That was a beautiful car that GM failed to tell most of us about.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Call it an Impala SS and get rid of the front wheel drive Impala and replace all models with this one. GM needs sales, here it is.!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tha'ts a hot car, not a GM fan but man I want that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is one brutally beautiful car. Too bad GM cancelled Pontiac. They should have kept that brand, and refined it, as well as kept the G8. THIS should have been the GXP version of the G8, rather than just an engine and gearbox change.

      But I still would hesitate to buy one, even if I could afford it now, since I have an issue with GM still being owned by government entities (now US and China), and loading pre-built surveillance in, with EDRs and OwnStar telematics that could be sending any data anywhere without being accountable to the owner of the car.

      Maybe if some other company built a car that good looking, without the Own-star stuff built in...

      It is kind of too bad that they haven't built a new Monaro on this new platform, like the Coupe 60 Concept.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cancel On-Star.

        Unplug On-Star box in trunk.

        Problem solved.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The four door Zetas are just just to good to not be offered in the US. Piggyback them on the PPV program whatever just get them here. GM will have plenty of front drivers in its stable soon. All we ask is one straight up unpretentious performance RWD sedan; let the masses have their commuting appliances.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Too good not to be offered in the US"

        Which means, of course, the GM won't offer them here. GM has done that too many times in the past: make a great car somewhere else and it never shows up here. Or, by the time it gets here, it has been so butchered it sucks. Until GM starts selling cars like this here, I won't believe there is anything new about GM.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The G8's big brother just brings a tear to my eye. Please GM, bring it back!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        One day I'll imports these panels for my G8. Badass!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        WTF last gen 3 series grille.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry - that comment was supposed to be it's own. It's kind of unrelated attached to this one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wish they would just release something so we can let Pontiac die in peace. It's like having your favorite uncles grave dug up once a month to check that he's still dead. I need closure. ;-(
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