That pic of the engine, though When you twist the small knob on the centre console to select Performance mode, though, it becomes every bit the angry and exciting super-saloon the aggressive exterior styling suggests it is. It would actually make an excellent long-distance machine. An automatic gearbox is available as an option, but this test car is fitted with a six-speed manual. I guess you could argue this.

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Vauxhall VXR8 GTS review

Vauxhall has imported the VXR8 as a halo for its VXR high-performance range ever since, giving Luton a rear-wheel-drive monster that recalled the Lotus Carlton in an otherwise front- and four-wheel-drive line-up. Hopefully you can see if there really is a hype bias. The VXR8 is really a rebadged Holden Commodore and, with Australian car manufacturing being wound down, the Commodore as we know it will soon be no more. And because this is such a long, well balanced car, it’s incredibly progressive and controllable even when the tyres can grip no more.

If you can match your driving style to the sort of pace it likes to flow along at, the GTS-R can be a huge amount of fun.


But I agree entirely that this publication in particular has been unfairly critical of the Stelvio. Add your comment Log in or register to post comments. Six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive Performance: I guess you could argue this is a fairly unique model in the market and offers something genuinely different, so deserves to be judged in a different, slightly rose tinted way.

Half the dogs in the street start barking when he starts it up and wheelspins away to work each day. Original military-chic civilian off-roader enters a fourth Wrangler-badged The VXR8 is a sizeable thing and weighs in at a rather chunky kg.

Mercedes-Benz CLA d review. Even in damp conditions, the new inch Conti rubber soaks up the huge low-down torque well enough to give the driver the confidence to get on the power early. We’ve had an exclusive drive. A sad day, indeed. Marc, interested to hear your comparison, it will be revealing to hear from an owner not a professional journalist about what the cars are really like.

Farewell to Aussie muscle cars and the car industry. Vauxhall quotes a mph time of 4. It’s also properly thirsty. Better than the Germans when you factor in depreciation, fuel costs and badge appeal for similar money?

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R review | Autocar

Not worth that much, even if there are only 15, curious though on the home age that an image of the next M5 was underneath?

Something tells me somebody got a bit carried away here.


The more mainstream alternatives from the big German car makers all seem to favour four-wheel drive, twin-turbocharged V8s and paddle shift gearboxes these days, but the GTS-R adheres to a much simpler, more old-school formula. Buy one with own your money? Four and a half stars? The engine is a total monster, pulling through long gear ratios with fxr8 unrelenting force.

The VXR8 packs a supercharged 6. The usual caveats apply, in that the Germans — your M5s and E63s — have a far more premium feel, especially inside, for not that much more cash.

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R (2018) review: we’ll never see its like again

Although when I get a new car, it always seems better than the one it replaced as I have a natural bias for the new. A bhp Vauxhall that eats Germans for breakfast?

It also moves quite a lot faster than your regular VXR8. Testing the VXR8 Maloo, a Dynamically, the car is much more game along a twisting moorland road than anything this big and heavy has any right to be. The drive was based out of Melbourne because, as you’ll know, the big Vauxhall is actually an Aussie-built Holden Commodore, and the two companies were both GM subsidiaries.

A neighbour of mine has one of these.