/2011 Vauxhall VXR8

2011 Vauxhall VXR8

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As if the previous VXR8 models were too discrete and conservative, Vauxhall launched a new version with heavily revised styling which make it look like a vicious Australian animal! Well, it is a vicious Australian animal, but these changes have ruined the looks of the car, specially that front-end. It’s ghastly.

Apart from the design though, everything about the new VXR8 is just swell. It comes with 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.

But straight line performance is not the best thing about it as you know, becasue what made this car famous is its incredible ability for long powerslides. It’s a natural drifter and it chassis comes with a ton and bit fun built-in! It gets a proper six-speed manual which sends the power to the rear axle via limited-slip differential.

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.

A new feature for the 2011 VXR8 is the 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.

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The interior modifications were more successful than the exterior. 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.

New VXR8 also gets 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.

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The absolute best thing however about the VXR8 as before is the price. Priced at £49,500 (inc. 20 per cent VAT) and available to order later this month, the new VXR8 is considerably cheaper than its German rivals and more fun as well, but I’m not sure many people can live with that hideous face.

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