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 engine that provides up to 576 bhp of output and up to 545 lb.-ft. of torque – representing a huge increase of 150 bhp and 140 lb.-ft. respectively over the outgoing, VXR8 that is powered Vauxhall VXR8i is powered by a fourth generation 6.2-liter LS3 V8. This newfound and more dynamic power allows the VXR8 GTS super saloon to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 155 mph.
To better suit the Vauxhall VXR8 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 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS super saloon also features the latest generation Magnetic Ride Control with three independent settings. The Magnetic Ride Control system in the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS uses BWI Group’s third-generation MagneRide suspension, which features Magneto Rheological (MR) damper fluid containing tiny iron particles that can be temporarily magnetized by energizing electrical coils in the damper piston.
By applying a current magnetizes the tiny iron particles, they become attracted to each other in proportion to the strength of the magnetic field. This leads to an increase in the resistance to flow and stiffens the damping. This give the system the ability to vary the damping force almost instantaneously, just by varying the current applied. The twin-wire dual-coil (TWDC) MagneRide units adjust their damping 1,000 times per second to provide the optimum control and response in any driving condition.
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 United Kingdom.