Who wouldn’t prefer a car with a legacy over a freshman?

Vauxhall’s performance sub-brand, VXR, may eventually come out of solitude in the future. Although the company has been focusing on the GSi badge lately, the VXR hasn’t been killed off. Now that almost all automakers are making performance-oriented electric cars, Vauxhall could go ahead and slap its cars with the VXR badge.

What They Said

Vauxhall Plans to Capitalize on the VXR Badge in the Future High Resolution Exterior
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Speaking to Autocar, Vauxhall Product Manager, Naomi Gasson, said, “With the strict rules on emissions now, we’ve gone with the middle ground [for GSI]," adding, “There’s a lot of talk with electrification and hybrid, which could still get the higher power but without the emissions and CO2 being affected.” The revival is not confirmed, but it is surely not killed yet, “VXR isn’t in the range currently, but it doesn’t mean VXR is dead by any stretch,” he said.

The Offering Is A Mixed Bag

Vauxhall Plans to Capitalize on the VXR Badge in the Future High Resolution Drivetrain
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There is high demand for performance cars in the market, but the strict emission regulations make it tough for automakers to deliver cars with maximum potential.

Even the recently-launched Corsa GSI supermini had to use the tuned version of Corsa’s 1.4-liter turbocharged engine instead of the VXR’s 1.6-liter turbo unit. This makes it a slightly less powerful car than the likes of Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Fiesta ST. However, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as the running cost of the smaller GSI engine is less than the VXR turbo’s, and even the Ford Fiesta ST. “That means the GSI can appeal to even more people, because it’s not as harsh as VXR. You’ve got the lower running costs and lower insurance, and it can be used more comfortably on the road.” Gasson said.

Final Thoughts

Vauxhall Plans to Capitalize on the VXR Badge in the Future High Resolution Exterior
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Although the GSI is a desirable tag, it’s been seventeen years since Vauxhall launched the Zafira GSI, the last GSI-badged model from the company’s stable. So, can it succeed? Gasson is positive about it, “There might be a few people out there, the hardcore that really want a high-performance car, it might not be their bag, but hopefully in the future there could be something Vauxhall can offer them.”

If the VXR badge was revived, would you buy the offering solely based on VXR’s heritage and credibility? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Further Reading

Vauxhall Plans to Capitalize on the VXR Badge in the Future High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS.

2019 Vauxhall Corsa GSi
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Read our full review on the 2019 Vauxhall Corsa GSI.

2018 Vauxhall GT X Experimental
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Read our full review on the 2018 Vauxhall GT X Experimental.

Source: Autocar

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