The new 2013 Vauxhall VXR8 0
The Vauxhall VXR8 looks menacing, powerful and… practical too. It has labelled as the company’s most powerful estate car to date. For £50,000, there are cheaper alternatives if it’s a family car you need but this one will surely offer a great deal of fun.
It’s largely based on the HSV Commodore R8 Tourer, which is set to exit the Australian market. The car is using the GM LS3 V8 engine in the older generation Chevrolet Corvette. This is a huge 6.2 litre engine which is able to hit a brilliant 425 BHP. Power is transmitted right down to the rear wheels. Gearbox transmission comes in either a normal six speed manual or in six speed automatic form. With both transmission options, they use a limited slip differential. The car is extremely quick, hitting 0 – 62 MPH in just 4.9 seconds. Top speed on the VXR8 reached a brilliant 155 MPH.
Unfortunately the car finds it difficult to compete with luxury rivals such as the Mercedes E63 AMG and the Audi RS6 Avant in terms of speed. This is mainly down to the vehicle not having a dual clutch transmission or all wheel drive technology. The £30,000 savings reflect that. From that perspective it could be well worth taking up the VXR8.
The vehicle does have plenty of practicality too, having the largest load capacity within it’s specific class. The boot has a great deal of storage space, even with all seats fully in place. There is 2,000 litres of space available once the rear seats have been unfolded. That beats the RS6 and the E63 hands down. The VXR8 is even able to compete with larger commercial vehicles in the market.
On the inside comes full leather throughout the vehicle. The two front sport bucket seats are standard features. Another neat feature is the wonderful five inch infotainment screen which gives away plenty of details such as the vehicle’s lap times, G Force and drifting angles. Having too much fun may damage the prospects of the car being sold on at a later date.
The 20 inch alloy wheels are also standard features, making the car look a lot more stylish and intimidating.
The VXR8 will be only for a specialised market. It does represent good value for money when comparing it to the Mercedes E63 AMG and the Audi RS6 Avant.