It came as a surprise that the Vauxhall's VXR8 super-saloon won the Fleet World MPG Marathon, improved by 53% on the combined figure. The Fleet World MPG Marathon is the longest-running economy driving event in the UK. Behind the wheel of the V8-powered VXR8 was Top Gear Online editor Chris Mooney with navigator, Andrew Duerden, Vauxhall’s archivist and resident eco-driving expert. It was able to achieve 32.14mpg against a combined figure of 21mpg. The venue of this event, which took two days, is in the Cotswolds this year with different routes that span 350 miles of countryside, boasting a combination of A and B roads and motorway driving.
Mooney said that he and Duerden are “over the moon” for winning the overall best percentage improvement in the VXR8. He said that it proves that the driver could make a huge difference to fuel costs and carbon emissions. He added that the 6.2 litre V8 could be considered a reasonable choice when used correctly. A presentation is scheduled on Wednesday at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London, for the awarding.
Vauxhall made sure that the VXR8’s comeback won’t go unnoticed. Its front- and rear-end styling had dramatic revisions. It also had a new cabin and a series of new technology elements that heighten its appeal to enthusiasts who are looking for one of the last, great rear-drive V8 super-saloons.