The new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is bound to make its premiere at the Performance Car Show alongside Autosport International in January 2014. Derived from the HSV GEN-F GTS, the VXR8 GTS is the considered as the most powerful production car built in Australia. The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS enters the United Kingdom market with virtually more power than key rivals like the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.
The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS gets its dynamic power from a new supercharged LSA V8 that provides up to 576bhp of output and 545lb ft of torque – representing an increase of 150bhp and 140lb ft respectively over the outgoing, LS3-engined VXR8. This newfound power allows the GTS to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and up to a limited top speed of 155 mph.
To better suit the GTS for the extra power brought by the new engine, it was fitted with a Brake-Torque Vectoring system that applies braking to the inside rear wheel and transfers torque to the outside rear wheel, thereby reducing understeer during high-speed maneuvers.
The GTS also features the latest generation Magnetic Ride Control with three independent settings. Vauxhall also endowed the GTS with hardware and software improvements to provide greater body control, sharper handling and a more pliant ride quality.
“In an Ashes year, it’s quite rare to see England and Australia working together, but the result of this collaboration in the new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is amazing,” said Ian France, Performance Car Show Director. He remarked that with around 600bhp of raw power and imposing styling, the GTS is “sure to create a lot of interest as part of Vauxhall’s Performance Car Show presence.” The GTS is available at a price of £54,999 in the UK. [source: Vauxhall]