New Vauxhall VXR8 in ‘near future’

Holden’s HSV GTS E2 is widely expected to be rebadged as the latest VXR8 super-saloon and despite remaining tight-lipped about the possibility of an updated VXR8, Vauxhall has now admitted it will be launched in the ‘near future’ in the UK.

The high-performance rear-wheel drive saloon will boast a 6.2-litre 431PS V8 engine and new features such as Magnetic Ride Control, revised suspension, launch control and more aggressive styling than the current version.

The powertrain delivers a 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds, enough to place the VXR8 in the ‘Supercar’ group at Goodwood on July 2-4.

Vauxhall’s current VXR8 offers performance without the higher price of some rivals, and the new model is not expected to go much higher than the current £36,000 price when it arrives later this year.

First, it will have to negotiate the famous Goodwood hill climb, where it will be joined by the first ever Vauxhall sports car, the 3.0-litre C10 Prince Henry, built in 1910.

As well as the nod to the past, the future extended electric Ampera will also appear at the festival. The electric vehicle, built on the same platform as the Astra, boasts a range of 350 miles and fuel economy of 175mpg.

Visitors to Goodwood will be able to see a display car and chassis in the FoS-TECH pavilion to find out more about the technology used in the Ampera.

The Ampera will arrive at the Goodwood Festival of Speed after a two-week promotional tour across the UK and will follow the VXR8 and C10 up the hill climb.