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2013 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS

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Shortly after HSV unveiled the 2013 GEN-F GTS , Vauxhall also announced the launch of the new VXR8 GTS - or the most powerful VXR8 offered by the company. The model borrowed all the technology and the design language from its Australian brother, so for sure you pretty much know what to expect from this new model.

When designing the new VXR8 GTS, Vauxhall focused on making the car looking as aggressive and as sporty as possible. For this it opted for bold graphics and shallow ramp angles that emphasize the car’s width and stance.

The new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is now available for order at a price of £54,999 - or about $84,000 at the current exchange rates. According to Vauxhall this is about £20k less than any other German rival, while delivering pretty much the same performance figures.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS.

Exterior

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS

For the exterior Vauxhall prepared a new "twin-nostril" grille and an all-new fascia with larger air intakes that provide a better cooling for the LSA V-8 engine. The headlights are now equipped with daytime running lights.

For the rear the model received distinctive LED tail lamps and a new diffuser that houses the quad exhaust outlets finished in shadow chrome. For an even more distinctive styling the model also received a rear spoiler offered in the same color as the rest of the body.

Interior

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS

For the interior the new VXR8 received a redesigned instrument panel with suede-style inserts, a new instrument cluster, gauges, center console, appliques and door trims. As standard feature the model will be offered with all-new VXR Performance Seats are wrapped in Onyx leather trim and an 8-way electric adjustment and seat heaters for both the driver and front passenger.

Drivetrain

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS

Under the hood the model keeps the same engine as the 2013 GEN-F GTS: a new supercharged LSA V-8 engine that delivers a total of 576 horsepower and 545 pound-feet of torque. This output represents an increase of 150 horsepower and 140 pound-feet over the outgoing, LS3-engined VXR8.

Performance figures were not reveal just yet, but we expect the new GTS to deliver better figures than the naturally-aspirated VXR8 which sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and can hit a limited top speed of 155 mph.

The engine is mated to a standard MG9 spec 6-speed manual transmission with oil cooler and twin-plate clutch, while a 6-speed automatic transmission is being offered as an option.

Suspensions and brakes

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS

The new VXR8 GTS will be equipped with an ll-new Brake Torque Vectoring technology that helps reducing understeer by generating a "rotational moment" in the rear axle while the car is under power. The model also received the third-generation Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) with three independent settings: Touring, Sport and Track.

The car sits on new 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Continental tires sized 255/35 R20 up front and 275/35 R20 at the rear.

Prices

The new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is now available for order at a price of £54,999 - or about $84,000 at the current exchange rates.

Competition

BMW M5

BMW M5

According to Vauxhall, the new VXR8 GTS delivers the same performance as any other German high-performance sedan, but it is about £20k ($30k) cheaper.

For example, the BMW M5 is powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 unit with M TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers a total of 560 horsepower between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm, and peak torque of 502 pound-feet between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. The M5 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 190 mph.

Mercedes E63 AMG

Mercedes E63 AMG

The E63 AMG gets a 5.5-liter V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower at 5500 rpm and a peak torque of 531 pound-feet delivered between 1,750 and 5,250 rpm. The model can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

Conclusion

The new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is a cool-looking, powerful sports sedan and, according to the company it delivers the same performance as any German rival for less money. While we are not very sure this is quite true, we’ll have to wait for the official performance figures before deciding.

LOVE IT
  • Looks quite aggressive
  • Powerful
  • Highly equipped
LEAVE IT
  • No performance figures yet

Press Release

An Eaton supercharger, 6.2-litre V8 driving the rear wheels, nearly 600bhp and a soundtrack guaranteed to make your hairs stand on end: welcome Vauxhall’s new VXR8 GTS, which can be ordered from today with first deliveries at the end of the year.

Based on sister company HSV’s new GEN-F GTS, the VXR8 GTS is the most powerful production car ever to emerge from Australia. And with an on the road price of just £54,999 in the UK it allows owners the least expensive membership into the 500bhp+ club.

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS

‘The very fact that cars like the VXR8 GTS still exist proves that there is a small, but immensely passionate band of customers out there who want to drive something which is unique and special,’ said Stuart Harris, Vauxhall’s Head of Carline Brand. ‘In its new GTS form the VXR8 offers colossal power and torque in a package that is more technology-led than ever before, yet still retains that unique VXR8-character that no BMW or Mercedes can match. It’s also around £20k less than its main rivals – the M5 and E63 AMG – yet has more power than either.’

Engine

At the heart of the VXR8 GTS is a new supercharged LSA V8 (identical to that used in the recently launched Chevrolet Camaro ZL1), delivering 576bhp and 545lb ft of torque, an increase of 150bhp and 140lb ft respectively over the outgoing, LS3-engined VXR8. Performance figures will be released soon, but bear in mind that even the naturally-aspirated VXR8 achieved a 0-60mph time in 4.9 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph…

The new VXR8’s Eaton supercharger has 4-lobe rotors, 9psi boost and 1.9 litres of air per revolution. Unlike a turbocharged car, the Eaton supercharger provides the VXR8 with stronger and more linear performance across its entire rev-range. Other LSA features include:

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS

Stand-alone water to air charge cooling system
Separate transmission and differential cooling system
Water to oil engine cooling system
Bi-modal air-intake system
High-flow exhaust manifolds and exhaust system with Bi-modal silencers

Delivering drive to the rear axle is the latest MG9 spec 6-speed manual transmission with oil cooler and twin-plate clutch (an optional 6-speed automatic transmission is also available).

Design

The new front-end design of the VXR8 GTS has bold graphics and shallow ramp angles that emphasise width and stance. The focal point of the new look is a ‘twin-nostril’ grille and an all-new fascia that helps to deliver both an aggressive look and an air intake surface large enough to cool the LSA V8.

In fact, a total of 130,000 square millimetres of open frontal surface was needed to deliver the cooling required for the new engine – 75 per cent more than the outgoing LS3-engined car.

Daytime running lights – which can now operate when the headlights are turned on – and 20-inch ‘Blade’ forged alloy wheels complete the front-end design.

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS

At the rear, the VXR8 GTS has distinctive LED tail lamps, while the ‘diffuser’ rear fascia houses quad exhaust outlets finished in shadow chrome. A unique body-coloured performance rear spoiler with black accents helps set the GTS apart still further.

Inside, the VXR8’s cabin design has undergone a raft of design changes. An upgraded instrument panel with suede-style inserts, a new instrument cluster, gauges, centre console, appliques and door trims combine to deliver a more premium look and feel.

Standard in the VXR8 GTS, all-new VXR Performance Seats are wrapped in Onyx leather trim and feature 8-way electric adjustment and seat heaters for both the driver and front passenger.

Dynamics

To cater for the extra performance offered by the LSA engine, the VXR8 GTS is fitted with an all-new Brake Torque Vectoring technology. Brake Torque Vectoring helps reduce understeer by generating a ‘rotational moment’ in the rear axle while the car is under power. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system detects the understeer, applies braking to the inside rear wheel and transfers torque to the outside rear wheel, preventing the front end from washing wide.

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS

The VXR8 GTS also receives third-generation Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) with three independent settings: Touring, Sport and Track. Hardware and software improvements combine to deliver greater body control, sharper handling and a significantly more pliant ride quality, compared with the outgoing model.

Wider tyres also offer drivers more grip. Continental 255/35 R20 (front) and 275/35 R20 (rear) were chosen as standard equipment, due to their exceptional performance in both wet and dry conditions.

To assist drivers in manipulating the various electronic vehicle performance systems, a new Driver Preference Dial has been developed. Located behind the gear lever, the Driver Preference Dial adjusts settings to one of four modes: Touring, Sport, Performance and Track. The vehicle’s ESC, Traction Control, Launch Control (manual transmission only), and Bi-Modal Exhaust, as well as its Brake Torque Vectoring and new Electronic Power Steering, are then adjusted accordingly.

The VXR8 GTS’s braking capacity has been dramatically increased with the fitment of AP forged 6-piston calipers with two-piece discs front and rear. Combined with the increased disc diameters, the calipers – forged from 6061 T6 aluminium – offer a vastly improved strength-to-weight ratio and deliver noticeable improvements in brake modulation and feel. The rear brake pad size has also been increased by 12 per cent.

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS

‘With our new forged calipers, larger rotors and increased pad size, we’re confident that the GTS brake package is the equal of anything in the world,’ said HSV’s Chief Engineer, Joel Stoddart.

Technology

The VXR8 has now come of age, and features an array of technologies never seen before in this model.

In addition to the Side Blind Zone Alert with Reverse Traffic Alert, Automatic Park Assist, Front and Rear Park Assist, Reversing Camera and Passive Entry/Push Button Start, the GTS also picks up a number of additional driver convenience and safety technologies.

Head Up Display is standard and shows a raft of driver information on the windscreen, such as vehicle speed, engine temperature, and even G-forces!

Forward Collision Alert is another technology fitted standard to the GTS, and is the first system of its kind to be available in a Vauxhall product. A camera, located above the rear-view mirror scans the road ahead up to 14 times per second. When a crash is predicted, the driver is alerted with an audible tone and a visible alert on the car’s HUD. Anticipating hard braking, the system applies sufficient brake pressure to close the space between the brake pads and discs, thus delivering a quicker brake response time.

Using the same camera technology, the VXR8 GTS also has Lane Departure Warning. Designed to combat driver fatigue, a warning indicator and audible sound alerts the driver to any unintentional lane departures.



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