Vauxhall say VXR8 GTS-R will be brand’s last V8 0
October will see an end to the Commodore, but before then, plans are afoot to transform a further 15 into VXR8 GTR-Rs, with 587bhp and 546lb ft of torque. This will make the final edition, the most powerful Vauxhall badged car to date. Features that have made this possible are extensive engine remapping, an improved air filter plus upgraded brakes and model-exclusive 20in alloys.
The GTS-R has revised front-end styling, a splitter, carbon fibre vents and a new diffuser and spoiler. The interior sports Alcantara trim.
The last of the 15 GTS-Rs will be the final entry in the VXR8’s decade long history, after the model replaced the outgoing Vauxhall Monaro back in 2007. This will most likely be the brand’s last V8, with the small-car orientated PSA Group taking over both Vauxhall and Opel brands at the end of this year.
Any VXR8 successor under the PSA Group is more likely to utilise a four-cylinder engine similar to that of the Peugeot RCZ-R. A higher performance V6 is also a possibility.
The limited-run GTS-R will cost £74,500, and delivery takes several months; an order placed now will arrive in the UK during the first quarter of 2018.
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