Vauxhall VXR8 GTS set for January debut

Based on the new GEN-F GTS from Vauxhall’s sister brand HSV, the VXR8 GTS is the most powerful production car to ever emerge from Australia. The model features an extra 150bhp from its new supercharged engine, class-leading chassis technology and is competitively priced.

When the model reaches UK owners in the first quarter of 2014, it will be priced at £54,999. This makes the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS the least expensive way for motorists to become a member of the 500bhp+ club.

Vauxhall’s Head of Carline Brand, Stuart Harris, commented: "The Performance Car Show and Autosport International is an ideal location for us to take the wraps off the UK’s first new VXR8 GTS.

"While this is unashamedly one of the most powerful road cars you can buy in the UK, the GTS was developed by people who have a wealth of experience in motorsport, so putting it in front of thousands of car racing enthusiasts is a no-brainer for Vauxhall."

The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS features a new 576bhp supercharged LSA V8 engine at its heart, cranking out 739Nm of torque.

Thanks to its monstrous engine, the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS can complete the benchmark sprint in 4.2 seconds, before going on to reach a limited top speed of 155mph.

In order to cope with such power, the VXR8 GTS is also fitted with an all-new Brake-Torque Vectoring, which applies braking to the inside rear wheel and transfers torque to the outside rear wheel. This helps reduce the vehicle’s understeer during high-speed manoeuvres.

Vauxhall has also included the latest generation Magnetic Ride Control into the VXR8 GTS, delivering greater body control, sharper handling and an overall smoother ride over the outgoing model.

Ian France, Performance Car Show Director, added: "In an Ashes year, it’s quite rare to see England and Australia working together, but the result of this collaboration in the new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is amazing.

"With almost 600bhp of raw power and imposing styling, it’s sure to create a lot of interest as part of Vauxhall’s Performance Car Show presence."

The Performance Car Show will run from January 9th to 12th 2014 as part of the Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s NEC. Tickets for the event are on sale now.