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The Vauxhall VXR8 is a performance car marketed by Vauxhall in the United Kingdom between 2007 and 2017, based on two different models produced by Holden Special Vehicles: the HSV Clubsport (2007–2009) and HSV GTS (2010–2017). The VXR8 is the successor to both the Vauxhall Monaro VXR and the Vauxhall Omega/Carlton, initially powered by a 411 bhp (306 kW) Gen IV LS2 6.0 litre V8. From late-2009 the VXR8 was upgraded to the Gen IV LS3 6.2 litre V8 with 425 bhp (317 kW), shared with the Chevrolet Corvette C6 and the Chevrolet Camaro SS.

In 2009, the 425 bhp (317 kW) VXR8 Bathurst and supercharged 552 bhp (412 kW) 'S' editions were offered using the same Gen IV LS2 V8 but with a Walkinshaw Performance supercharger in the Bathurst S. They were named for the famous Bathurst race in Australia.[1][2][3]

In 2013, the VXR8 GTS (based on the HSV GTS Gen-f) was introduced with a 577 bhp (430 kW) supercharged Gen IV 6.2 litre LSA engine, also used in the second generation Cadillac CTS-V and fifth generation Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

In 2017, the VXR8 was discontinued due to the closure of Holden's Australian factories and axe of the HSV GTS. It was effectively replaced by the less powerful GSi version of the second generation Vauxhall Insignia.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Noah Joseph (15 December 2010). "2011 Vauxhall VXR8 is all we really want for the holidays". Autoblog. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  2. ^ Hammerton, Ron (16 December 2010). "HSV back in business in UK". GoAuto. John Mellor. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  3. ^ Andy Travis (31 May 2012). "VXR8 LS3 6.2 Litre Engine". VXR8.com. Retrieved 2 June 2012.