When it comes to muscle cars, the U.S. is arguably home to the greatest machines ever created. It’s here that the muscle car was born in the 1960s and revived decades later at the end of the Malaise Era. The offerings might not be as varied as they were back in the day, but there are quite a few choices from Ford, GM, and Chrysler. The range now even includes a couple of muscle sedans, with the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat being the most powerful such model to ever come from Detroit. But Europe has its very own Australian muscle in the form of the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS.
Holden-badged muscle cars have caused U.S. enthusiasts a lot of frustration lately, despite GM importing the latest-generation 2010 Holden Commodore with a Chevrolet SS badge. The General said no to the awesome 2013 HSV Gen-F GTS and rejected an El Camino revival based on the Holden Ute and its beefed-up, 2015 HSV GTS Maloo counterpart. Sadly, that’s not going to happen in the future as Holden is about to shut down all Australian manufacturing by 2017.
Meanwhile, gearheads from Down Under will continue to enjoy their Holdens and HSVs, while the British will get to drive around in the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS, a rebadged version of the HSV Gen-F GTS.
Continue reading to learn more about the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS.
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.
Over in the UK market, British automaker Vauxhall has pulled the covers off of the new VRX8 Tourer, a full-sized tourer that carries quite a punch under its hood.
There weren’t a whole lot of sweeping changes done to the tourer compared to its previous iterations, but the VRX8 Tourer nevertheless carries a character that exudes quiet confidence mixed in with class-leading cargo space and impressive performance credentials.
Since it’s classified as a tourer/wagon, the initial reaction surrounding the VRX8 Tourer might be that it belongs in market that puts less importance on its looks and its power. However, this model has the looks and the power that can make it a worthy candidate to be somebody’s next full-sized wagon.
It may not have the brand recognition of a Mercedes or a BMW, but Vauxhall is serious about bringing the fight to the German brands. And it has the VRX8 Tourer as a worthy soldier to do the battling for it.
Find out more about the Vauxhall VRX8 Tourer after the jump
Most of you are familiar with the awesome Opel Insignia OPC, or the Vauxhall Insignia VXR if you are from the British market. With an impressive output of 325 horsepower, this model can hit a top speed of 155 mph. Today, however, the company has improved this model even further with the addition of a new VXR SuperSport edition that can hit an astounding top speed of 170 mph.
The new VXR SuperSport is powered by a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 Ecotec engine. This engine features a micro-alloy forged steel crank, classic 60-degree cylinder angle and a die-cast alloy sump. It delivers a total of 325 horsepower, which launches the car to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds.
In order to deliver the best possible handling at high speeds, the new SuperSport has been equipped with a HiPer Strut front suspension, which maintains negative camber and improves grip levels in wet and dry. Also included on the SuperSport is the FlexRide adaptive damping system.
Vauxhall has also placed blue "Brembo" lettering on the front brake calipers plus additional increments on the speedometer in order to help customers identify the model.
Have you noticed that the British customers are getting lots of cool special editions lately? And if you needed some more proof, Vauxhall has just revealed the Corsa VXR Blue Edition. Featuring new styling details, an additional kit as standard, and a head-turning paint job, the new edition is priced at £19,425.
The new VRX Blue Edition is distinguished by Arden Blue metallic paint, 18-inch alloys, dark-tinted glass, bespoke interior air vents and Recaro seats. It also gets new ‘Eagle-Eye’ headlamps, and a signature bar across the grille, colored in blue. There are deep in-set fog lamps, a wider and more prominent grille and a low, sculpted front spoiler to boost its sporting appeal.
The same blue theme is also continued on the interior. There is stitching on the leather steering-wheel, the interior air-vent color, and the trim on the Recaro seats.
Under the hood there is a 1.6 liter Turbo engine that delivers 192 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 140 mph.
If a car was able to have chest hair sticking out of their front bumper to illustrate the testosterone hidden in the panels, then this Vauxhall VXR8 would definitely be needing a trimmer. Coming into the 2011 model year, the VXR8 will be one hot little performance sedan with some styling modifications and some new technology. But we can’t get too excited because this Vauxhall is obviously only available in the UK. Stupid Atlantic Ocean.
The 2011 VXR8 is powered by the fourth generation 6.2-liter LS3 unit that delivers an impressive 431 HP and 550Nm of torque. This is just enough to sprint the VXR8 from 0 to 60mph in 4.9 seconds and to hit a top speed limited to 155mph.
Anyone would be just about insane not to want a piece of this action so some must-have information is where one can find the 2011 Vauxhall VXR8. It will be available through just six specialist VXR dealers in the UK, though a total of 34 VXR outlets will be authorized to maintain the model.
Hit the jump to get the details on the new 2011 Vauxhall VXR8.
Vauxhall unveiled today a new version for the very successful Insignia. It combines the Adaptive 4x4 all-wheel drive system with the adaptive FlexRide chassis and the electronically controlled rear limited slip differential (eLSD). The car will go on sale this September.
The new Insignia will be offered with four petrol engines ranging from 140PS to 325PS. Vauxhall will also offer a diesel engine to the tune of 160PS 2.0 CDTi. The 2.0 CDTi engine will be found int he ecoFLEX model that will have low fuel cinsumption and CO2 emissions.
The new Insignia Sports Tourer 4x4 is powered by a 2.0-liter 160HP CDTi diesel engine. It also features a power tailgate with programmable opening height, Automatic Self Levelling Rear Suspension (standard with Towing Pack), and the FlexOrganizer cargo management system.
Vauxhall has also announced a new trim level called SRi Vx-Line. It features a VXR-style sport leather steering wheel and gearshift gaiter and 19-inch, five-spoke alloys. The second trim level introduced, the Indian Summer interior, adds Nappa leather and cashmere stitching to the mix.
Press release after the jump.
Vauxahall Astra has a very long history as a police car ever since its first introduction in 1979. And the new generation Astra continues this long tradition as a Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).
The new Astra Police car will be available with an instrument console incorporating integrated switch panels configured for Police radio header units such as the Cleartone, Motorola, Sepura and Icom. It will also get mobile data terminals, video capture and multiple transceivers, seamlessly into the vehicle’s interior without the need for custom trim installations, a range of LED lightbars, headlamp flash, grille lights, bumper interceptor lights and rear reds.
Press release after the jump.
Vauxhall revealed the new Astra ecoFLEX, the most fuel efficient model in Astra range. The model will go on sale this April at a price of £17,920.
The Astra ecoFLEX is powered by a 1.3 CDTi 95PS diesel engine mated to a five-speed transmission with new ratios to optimise economy. The result is a combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg and a CO2 emission of just 109g/km.
Press release after the jump.
The British automaker Vauxhall has just unveiled their most economical car in over one hundred years of producing automobiles. The new Corsa ecoFLEX has been rated with a fuel consumption of 85.6 MPG on the English Government’s extra urban fuel cycle.
The ecoFLEX model is powered by a 1.3-litre CDTi engine, which makes just under 75 HP but still performs as well as its predecessor. The ultra efficient Corsa is capable of going from 0 to 60 MPH in 13.5 seconds and reaching a top speed of 104 MPH, however Vauxhall failed to coment as to how long that would take.
The most economical model in all of Vauxhall’s history can be yours starting at just £11,295.
Press release after the jump.
Vauxhall revealed today the special editions Corsa and Astra VXR to celebrate VX Racing’s success in the 2008 British Touring Car Championship. Both models are on sale now in UK at a price of £17,425.00 for the Corsa and £21,445 for the Astra version.Combined production will be limited to 888 units.
Both models will be offered with full leather Recaro seats as standard, logos on the B-posts and tread plates, a black rear diffuser and black side bump strips and door mirror covers are all part of the package. In addition, the Astra version gains Piano Black interior decor strips.
Under the hood, the output is raised by 20 hp. Add to this a Remus exhaust system, gloss-black alloy wheels – 18” for Corsa, 19” for Astra and you will get the perfect sports cars.
Press release after the jump.
Vauxhall revealed today the special edition VXR8 called the Bathurst Edition. Sales will begin at a price of £37,995 for the standard Bathurst and £44,995 for the Bathurst S. Current rates put those prices at about $54,500 and $64,500 respecitvly, but no need to call the accountant. Vauxhall doesn’t sell to the U.S., but the Pontiac G8 GXP is a very close cousin to the standard VXR8.
The Bathurst S adds a Walkinshaw’s 122 Supercharger to the 6.2-liter V8. Now the engine delivers 560 hp (up from the standard 431 hp) and 715Nm of torque. This package also includes a large capacity intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, a separate cold air intake and Walkinshaw-developed ECU map. The standard manual gearbox is upgraded with a high-torque capacity clutch.
Outside, both Bathurst’s receive a distinctive graphic packs, front fog light covers and ‘Bathurst’ badges (only the ‘S’ badge reveals the secret identity of the supercharged model.) Both cars also receive six-pot front and four-pot rear brake calipers, height-adjustable springs and Walkinshaw-developed coil-over adjustable dampers.
Full details in the press release after the jump.
With Spring absent this year, there’s no better car than the Astra TwinTop to deal with a mix of weather conditions, be they sub-zero or near-Sahara. And now there are two new models, the Exclusiv and Exclusiv XP, bringing added style and panache to the four-seater convertible range. As with all TwinTops, they feature a three-piece electro-hydraulic roof which can be raised and lowered in less than 30 seconds – even while the car’s moving at up to 18mph.
In addition to the TwinTop Exclusiv (which replaces the Exclusiv Black edition), the Exclusiv XP model gains the stunning VXR Styling Pack as standard, with a body-coloured lower front spoiler, rear lower skirt, lip spoiler and side sills. And for the first time, the TwinTop Exclusiv – along with the Exclusive XP – can be specified in two new colours, Star Silver and Panacotta, as well as the existing Power Red and Black Sapphire body colours.
There are plenty of hot hatches on the market, but it’s the Astra VXR that’s the undisputed Ring leader. And to prove it, Vauxhall has pulled the wraps off the Nürburgring edition, named after the car’s spiritual home, where much of its pre-production development was carried out.
Based on the standard Astra VXR and priced at £21,295, each individually numbered Nürburgring edition will come with an exclusive all-white paint finish and lightweight white 18-inch alloy wheels, equipped with bespoke Dunlop tyres, are also specified. Other exterior features include dark tinted windows, carbon fibre effect mirrors and B-Pillars and distinctive chequered flag body graphics, to further emphasise the car’s incredible performance.
Mechanically similar to the standard VXR, the Nürburgring Edition produces 240HP in factory tune, giving it the ability to accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. Each UK-specification car will also come provided with a Remus Sports Exhaust, developed with Vauxhall’s BTCC race team, Triple-Eight Race Engineering, which provides a power increase of up to 15hp.
Vauxhall has unveiled today a new top-of-the-range luxury variant of the Zafira to further strengthen its position as the leader in its market segment. Loaded with standard equipment and offering great value for money with on-the-road prices starting at only £18,950, the new Elite is at Vauxhall retailers now.
Anyone who dreams of owning a convertible this summer will know that looking good is one of the most important requirements. Vauxhall is making it easier for the most style-conscious buyers to look their best in an Astra TwinTop by offering stylish options and actually charging less for it!