2012 Vauxhall VXR8 Detail in UK

2012 Vauxhall VXR82012 Vauxhall VXR8 Side View

The meanest Vauxhall is back! Sales of the muscle-bound VXR8 stopped in March, but now the firm has unveiled an updated model with a new, tougher look. As before, the car is based on the Australian Holden Commodore – itself boosted by performance division HSV – and features a new matt-black ‘Shockwave’ grille.
2012 Vauxhall VXR8 Interior2012 Vauxhall VXR8 Interior View

Meanwhile, at the back are twin chrome exhaust pipes and a new rear spoiler. To go with its fresh look, the VXR8 also promises an improved driving experience thanks to Magnetic Ride Control – a first for the model. The system constantly adapts the ride to help find the best compromise between comfort and handling agility. Inside, leather trim comes as standard, as does Bluetooth and a colour touchscreen. In addition, the centre console is redesigned for a cleaner, more upmarket look. There’s been no toning down of the performance, however. Under the bonnet is the same 6.2-litre V8 as before. This sends 425bhp to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or auto gearbox.

Performance is blistering, with 0-62mph taking only 4.9 seconds, aided by a new launch control system that kicks in when you floor the throttle. The bad news is a big price hike, from £37,105 to £49,500 for the base model. The updated VXR8 goes on sale in March.

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