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The storming Vauxhall VXR8 is back with a vengeance, packing heavily revised front- and rear-end styling, a new cabin and a raft of new technology to enhance its appeal to drivers in search of one of the last, great rear-drive V8 super-saloons.
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 Vauxhall VXR8, Vauxhall has employed Magnetic Ride Control (standard on GTS only), adding a greater degree of sophistication to the car's dynamics. Also making an appearance for the first time is Launch Control, which helps drivers make best use of the Vauxhall VXR8's huge torque during brisk acceleration without unnecessary wheelspin.
Of course, no Vauxhall VXR8 would be complete without a large-capacity V8, and this latest version doesn't disappoint. The fourth generation 6.2-litre LS3 unit produces 431PS and a massive 550Nm of torque, enough to propel the Vauxhall VXR8 from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds and on to a governed top speed of 155mph. Drive is delivered to the rear axle via either a new MM10 six-speed manual gearbox with uprated LS7 clutch, or a six-speed auto 'box. Both work through a mechanical limited slip differential.
Source: Vauxhall Press Release