- The new 2014 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS sport sedan goes on sale at year-end in the United Kingdom.
- The VXR8 GTS sports an $83,000 sticker.
- The high-performance Vauxhall sedan shares its supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine with the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
LONDON — The new 2014 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS sport sedan goes on sale at year-end in the United Kingdom, sporting an $83,000 sticker and sharing its supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine with the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
Based on the HSV Gen-F GTS from General Motors' Holden subsidiary, the rear-wheel-drive VXR8 GTS packs 576 horsepower and 545 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission with oil cooler and twin-plate clutch. A six-speed automatic is optional.
The VXR8 GTS is considerably more powerful than its Australian-built American cousin, the 2014 Chevrolet SS, whose normally aspirated 6.2 V8 engine makes 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque.
GM's British unit hasn't released 0-60 acceleration or top speed figures yet, but notes that the current VXR8, which is powered by a normally aspirated LS3 V8 engine, hits 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds, with top speed limited to 155 mph.
Features include 20-inch alloy wheels and Conti performance tires, AP six-piston disc brakes, a rear diffuser shrouding quad exhaust pipes and a body-color rear spoiler. Brake torque vectoring, magnetic ride control and electronic power steering are among the tech highlights.
"The very fact that cars like the VXR8 GTS still exist proves that there is a small, but immensely passionate band of customers out there who want to drive something which is unique and special," said Vauxhall executive Stuart Harris.
Edmunds says: The Chevrolet SS looks far tamer than this beast.