2009 Vauxhall Bathurst VXR8 S with 560HP review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 11 February 2009 , 16:02:43 byVeronica

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Vauxhall Bathurst VXR8 S with 560HP

The Bathurst S Edition joins the normally aspirated Bathurst Edition at the top of the Vauxhall family tree, with both cars receiving a raft of technical and cosmetic upgrades over the standard VXR8. The model will be sold as a limited edition. Because of the addition of a Walkinshaw Performance 122 Supercharger, the Bathurst S delivers 560 V8 horsepower and 715 Nm of torque and produces searing acceleration throughout the rev-range and a spine-tingling. The 122 Supercharger is so much more than just a bolt-on blower. The package includes a large capacity intercooler, flow fuel injectors, a separate cold air intake and a Walkinshaw-developed ECU map, while the standard manual gearbox is upgraded with a high-torque capacity clutch. The Bathurst Edition costs EUR37.995 and the Bathurst S, EUR 44.995.

VXR8 BATHURST SMOKES INTO MARKET WITH BLOWER FORCE

* At £44,985, Bathurst S is less expensive than any UK car with 500PS+
* Comprehensive dynamic mods on both Bathurst and Bathurst S
* Optional Bi-Modal Exhaust offers flexibility for road and track

Few will claim that Vauxhall`s storming VXR8 super-saloon is lacking in the power stakes, but just in case there were any doubters, the Bathurst S Edition will put them straight or indeed sideways...

Thanks to the addition of a Walkinshaw Performance 122 Supercharger, the Bathurst S dispenses 560 V8 horsepower, compared with the standard car`s 431 horsepower, and produces searing acceleration throughout the rev-range and a spine-tingling, banshee wail when you hit the loud pedal.

The Bathurst S Edition joins the normally aspirated Bathurst Edition at the top of the Vauxhall family tree, with both cars receiving a raft of technical and cosmetic upgrades over the standard VXR8. Only a limited number of Bathurst Editions will be sold through selected Vauxhall retailers.

To exploit the Bathurst`s greater power potential, six-pot front and four-pot rear callipers are now standard on both models, along with stiffer, height-adjustable springs and Walkinshaw-developed coil-over dampers. The bespoke damper units have 15 separate valve settings with independent corner adjustment for the owner`s preferred setup.

Dynamically, both Bathursts retain the VXR8`s much praised ride quality, but body control is enhanced and the handling made more exploitable for the enthusiastic driver.

At the heart of the Bathurst S is Walkinshaw`s 122 Supercharger, which not only boosts power by 30 per cent, but escalates torque from an eye-catching 550Nm to an eye-watering 715Nm. Such is the strength of the LS3 V8 engine that extracting bigger figures would have been possible, but retaining the VXR8`s driveability and durability was Walkinshaw`s priority.

In fact, the 122 Supercharger is so much more than just a bolt-on blower. The comprehensively engineered package also includes a large capacity intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, a separate cold air intake and Walkinshaw-developed ECU map, while the standard manual gearbox is upgraded with a high-torque capacity clutch.

As with most supercharged cars, the S`s power delivery is exceptionally linear, with a huge slug of torque available from very low down in the rev range; but push the engine towards its redline and there`s no let up in the car`s performance, just a seamless stream of power.

Outside, both Bathurst`s are instantly recognisable by their distinctive graphic packs, front fog light covers and `Bathurst` badges (only the addition of a discreet `S` badge reveals the supercharged model`s extra 129PS), while inside a console-mounted badge showing the car`s build number complements the `Walkinshaw Performance` tread plates found inside each door opening.

Putting icing on the cake for serious drivers is the option of the new Bi-Modal Exhaust, which is available on both Bathurst models. Raising power by up to 10PS, the ingenious system allows drivers to select one of two noise settings: `Street`, with an upper limit of 92dbA, or `Optimum` , which releases the LS3 V8`s full 102dbA. The two-and-a-half inch diameter system is manufactured from stainless steel with unique chrome tail-pipe finishers and costs £1600.

Both Bathurst models retain the VXR8`s standard colour palette, and can also be specified with optional 20" alloy rims at £1500. List price for the Bathurst Edition is £37,995 " just £2757 above the standard VXR8 " while the Bathurst S costs £44,995.