The all new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R marks the company’s most powerful car in over 144 years, it’s exactly the type of car you would get to smoke anything that moves, pitting it closer to Mercedes’s monstrous AMG E63.
The GTS-R is a special run-out edition to mark the end of the VXR8 production, which means it had to be as special as they come. The car will cease production in Australia this October.
Packaged with the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine found in the standard VXR8, but gains a few more horses. Power gains see the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R go from 568-bhp to 587-bhp and 546 lb-ft of torque. This was achieved using a high-flow air filter and an ECU remap.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential and a unique GTS torque vectoring system handles all the extra umph. To answer your burning question; It’s still not as powerful as the Holden Commodore GTS-R W1 with 635-bhp thanks to the ZR1 engine under the hood.
To increase track worthiness, the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R gets bigger six-piston brakes, a monoblock caliper setup with huge 410mm discs up front and 20 inch rims that measure in at 10 inches in width at the back and 9 inches at the front.
What’s more? The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R is equipped with a front splitter, a new front fascia and carbon fiber vents. The rear receives a new diffuser, quad diamond shaped tip tail pipes, a new lower panel, diffuser and spoiler.
To fancy things up on the inside, the car features more Alcantara and leather on the inside for a much more luxurious ride. The sad news is; only 15 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R cars will be sold in the United Kingdom, each will cost £74,500 – that’s way more than the ‘standard’ VXR8 GTS (just over £56k for a manual version)
Expect to see the GTS-R during the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, where it’ll make its grand debut.