2013 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 30 May 2013 , 08:05:29 byEmil

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Vauxhall VXR8 GTS

Vauxhall is a major UK manufacturer and a great employer having around 35,000 people who work directly or indirectly through the company activities. There are a lot of manufacturing places in Great Britain. The Luton plant produces 67,000 units a year in two shifts, with the potential for as much as 100,000 units a year in three shifts. The Ellesmere Port plant has a capacity of 187,000 units a year in three shifts. In one of these sites, the 2013 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS will enter production.

The 2013 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is based on its sister company’s (Holden) HSV GEN-F GTS which has been recently presented. The power resource of the vehicle is a supercharged V8 LSA engine capable of outputting 576 bhp (429 kW) and 545 lb-ft (738 Nm) of torque. This means that the new car will be 150 bhp (112 kW) and 140 lb-ft (189 Nm) more powerful than the current version of VXR8. The V8 is linked to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic one, depending on the customer’s wish. The former version of the VXR8 GTS could sprint from stand point to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and it can reach a maximum speed of155 mph (250 km/h). The new model will certainly be more powerful than its predecessor.

The 2013 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS sits on a set of 20 inch alloys that wear Continental rubbers sized 255/35 R20 front and 275/35 R20 rear. The set matches perfectly to some forged aluminum six-piston caliper with two-piece discs that makes braking efficient. The car is equipped with side blind zone alert with reverse traffic alert, front/rear park assist, automatic park assist, head-up display, reversing camera and forward collision alert. Inside, the VXR8’s design has suffered a number of design modifications. An upgraded instrument panel with suede style inserts, a new instrument cluster, gauges, centre console, appliques and door trims all team together to provide a more premium look and feel. The 2013 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS can already be bought on order and its price starts at 54,999 GBP.