Vauxhall have officially taken the wraps off the 2011 VXR8. Available for the United Kingdom only, Vauxhall made a series of upgrades to the VXR8, which is based on the Holden Commodore GTS.
Those who went to Goodwood’s Festival of Speed this year will remember getting a sneak preview of the mass-market super saloon.
With a price tag of £ 49,500, the VXR8 offers revised front and rear styling, a new cabin and new technology. It retains the same V8 engine with the power converted to the rear wheels.
On the outside, the 2011 VXR8 features a new ‘Shockwave’ grille, LED daytime running lights and a new set of wing-vents. The rear gains a new rear spoiler, LED tail lamps and twin exhaust tips. The car uses the same suspension set-up, now modified to include Magnetic Ride Control (MRC), a suspension system which adapts up to 1000 times a seconds to road conditions and driver inputs. The car also has a launch control mode.
Underneath, there’s a fourth generation 6.2 liter LS3 engine producing 431bhp and 550Nm of torque, enough for a 0-60mph run in 4.9 seconds and an electronically governed top speed of 155mph.
For the interior the full leather trim is now standard, and front seats have been upgraded to the 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.
A sophisticated computer system offers performance read-outs. Only 34 VXR dealers will be offering and maintaining the car.