The BBC’s best automotive journal, Top Gear, has a problem with proper German sports saloons built for businessmen and that is that they are all just too similar. So that is why Richard Hammond decided to introduce a pair of very special GM cars from Australia. First up was the Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst Edition. Aside from being the most popular track on the V8 Super car calendar, it is also a blindingly fast version of what we here in America have come to know as the Pontiac G8. The Bathurst comes complete with a set of racing stripes on the hood and a supercharger underneath it. The VXR8 wears some very race inspired bodywork to go along with the 560 HP and the bargain £44,995 price tag.
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On the other hand Hammond had a bright blue HSV Maloo. Now Holden Specialty Vehicles has been known to produce some rather outstanding high performance vehicles, and Aussies happen to be quite fond of their utes. So when the two get together it is only appropriate that the world’s fastest pick-up truck is named after the aboriginal word for thunder.
The test is rather surprising, with the Stig behind the wheel the Maloo was faster around the Top Gear test track than an Aston Martin DB9 while the Bathurst special edition was biting at the heels of V10 powered BMW M5.