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Old 12-15-2010, 10:32 AM
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The new Vauxhall VXR8

Vauxhall VXR8

Vauxhall VXR8 is back with a vengeance, packing heavily revised front- and rear-end styling, a new cabin and a raft of new technology to enhance its appeal to drivers in search of one of the last, great rear-drive V8 super-saloons.

Priced at £49,500 (inc. 20 per cent VAT) and available to order from late December 2010, the new VXR8 is now based on HSV E3 GTS model, just launched in Australia, the previous VXR8 representing the old version of the lower-spec ClubSport R8. That means it still undercuts full-size super saloons like the Audi RS6, Jaguar XFR and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG by between £13k and £29k, and even performance saloons from the class below, such as the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG.

A new, 'Shockwave' grille, LED daytime running lights and sleek new wing-vents mark the new car out from the front, while the rear features a new 'Superflow' rear spoiler, LED tail lamps and twin exhaust tips that mimic the shape of the front grille. As you can see from these first official press shots of our Hazard Yellow car, the new Vauxhall VXR8 will never blend into the scenery!

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As before, the new Vauxhall VXR8's race-bred chassis uses MacPherson struts/progressive rate coil springs at the front and a multi-link independent set-up at the rear. But for the first time on a VXR8, Vauxhall has employed Magnetic Ride Control (MRC), a suspension system which adapts up to 1000 times a seconds to road conditions and driver inputs. Based on technology used in GM's current Corvette ZR1 supercar, MRC works by sending an electric current through damper units filled with 'soft' magnetic particles. These particles harden as the input reaches its maximum value, providing drivers with exceptional levels of ride, handling and stopping power.

Complementing the new Vauxhall VXR8's MRC is Launch Control, which is engaged when drivers select the ESC's (Electronic Stability Control) Competition Mode. The system dictates the level of torque delivered to the rear wheels for maximum acceleration, according to surface conditions. All the driver has to do is floor the throttle and let the car do the rest. Extensive testing has proved that LC results in acceleration runs no more than 0.1 second apart.

Of course, no Vauxhall VXR8 would be complete without a large-capacity V8, and this latest version doesn't disappoint. The fourth generation 6.2-litre LS3 unit produces 431PS and a massive 550Nm of torque, enough to propel the VXR8 from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds and on to a governed top speed of 155mph. As before, drive is delivered to the rear axle via either a six-speed manual or auto transmission, working through a mechanical limited slip differential.

Inside, the new Vauxhall VXR8 has undergone a transformation. Full leather trim is now standard, and front occupants are cocooned in special HSV Performance Seats with eight-way adjustability. A new instrument cluster and surround, centre stack and switchgear provide a cleaner and more integrated look, while standard equipment also includes Aux-in/USB inputs, iPod support and Bluetooth with phone book display and touch-screen dialling.

But for drivers who want to engage with their VXR8 like never before, Vauxhall has introduced EDI, or Enhanced Driver Interface. EDI connects with the on-board computer to constantly stream real-time vehicle dynamics and performance to the car's main 5-inch monitor. At the touch of the screen, drivers can access a variety of data such as vehicle G-forces, power and torque and lap times - even the degree to which their Vauxhall VXR8 is drifting. Completing the clever package is the ability for drivers to download data, such as track day performance, and analyse it using the MOTEC i2 software provided.

enjoy the link http://www.netcarshow.com/vauxhall/2011-vxr8/
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:38 AM
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You should post all these threads in the general automotive section. There isn't much comparison in them.

Besides, I don't understand why it needs to be so damn ugly.
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:11 PM
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ugh could someone please find their old designer back
or could someone with taste take over from walkinshaw
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:14 PM
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Yes, that's very ugly indeed.

Guess that will make residuals of the old one stronger.
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:35 PM
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If they made the black part on the front bumper, where the number plate is, yellow to match the primary paint job this would look many times better. Also change the wheels please. Looks to be quite a good performer, though.
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[QUOTE=thebrochureman;955502]Vauxhall VXR8

Priced at £49,500 (inc. 20 per cent VAT) and available to order from late December 2010, the new VXR8 is now based on HSV E3 GTS model, just launched in Australia, the previous VXR8 representing the old version of the lower-spec ClubSport R8. That means it still undercuts full-size super saloons like the Audi RS6, Jaguar XFR and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG by between £13k and £29k, and even performance saloons from the class below, such as the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG.

i have always had a problem with statements like this. i have said it before, and i will say it again, you cant compare a $50K slapped together commodore with a (give or take a few dollars) $100K merc / audi etc. for instance, mercedes probably inject $1m into research and development for the lock on the glove box of their e class, whereas holden / vauxhall would inject maybe $100 if you are lucky. i will probably get a bit of curry for this, but i dont care ... holden and ford stuff is garbage. there, i said it. it is not made with the same precision as german, italian and japanese stuff. they are the sort of cars that when constructed, the workers say 'yeah, looks about right (bit of a bang and knock into place etc) all good (thumbs up, used car salesman grin etc)'. yes, there are variants over the years that were made very well, but when compared to world class engineering, holden and ford stuff is for the taxi ranks of australia and not much else. i guess you could add to this that out of the cars mentioned above, what would still be purring as beautifully in 20 years time as when you picked it up on day one from the dealer, and it certainly wont be the clapped out vauxhall / holden!
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what would still be purring as beautifully in 20 years time
the holden, because it's easier to fix/maintain.
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the holden, because it's easier to fix/maintain.
Compared to the Germans and Italians? Almost definitely.

The Japanese have quality and reliability though, but these days, the big 2 Japanese companies are shilling blandness.
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it is not made with the same precision as (...) italian (...) stuff
And thank god it isn't, because if it was it would explode in passionate and characterful fireball after 100 metres after leaving the showroom...
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Apart form this car looking ugly theirs the power. I know it produces a lot of torque 550Nm of it. But if Masarti can get 440hp out of their 4.7L V8 why can’t VXR get more power out of their engine which has more capacity than Masarti engine. Its not good enough for a modern engine.
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i guess you could add to this that out of the cars mentioned above, what would still be purring as beautifully in 20 years time as when you picked it up on day one from the dealer, and it certainly wont be the clapped out vauxhall / holden!
Nothing would run the same after 20 years. Cars are only built to last 10 years generally, or around 300,000km's which is the average expected engine mileage. Transmissions can only last half that typically.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:28 AM
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Holden VE II Commodore SSV

i like the look of this alot more its the Holden version. (Holden VE II Commodore SSV ) thats a long name.

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Apart form this car looking ugly theirs the power. I know it produces a lot of torque 550Nm of it. But if Masarti can get 440hp out of their 4.7L V8 why canít VXR get more power out of their engine which has more capacity than Masarti engine. Its not good enough for a modern engine.
becuz hoaldan iz runn bye a bunch uf idiuts knamed jeneral moaters. theyre enjins ar sum of da wurst ever because they hav lo specific powwer but they do maek moar torck than da masarti becuz they hav mor cuebs. itz liek aksing wai duz fromlua one car no hav ggod torque frum 2-6k rpm
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Apart form this car looking ugly theirs the power. I know it produces a lot of torque 550Nm of it. But if Masarti can get 440hp out of their 4.7L V8 why canít VXR get more power out of their engine which has more capacity than Masarti engine. Its not good enough for a modern engine.
Because the GM LS3 has a LIGHTER OHV 2Valve/cylinder set up that also produces more torque sooner in the rev range. And the Maser revs WAY higher than any GM engine, so in real conditions, the LS3 is the more powerful engine. Not to mention it has ONE camshaft, which is WAY cheaper and WAY simpler to upgrade than any DOHC, especially a Maser.

I really don't give two shits about this car unless GM brings it to America in the form of a new Chevelle SS.
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becuz hoaldan iz runn bye a bunch uf idiuts knamed jeneral moaters. theyre enjins ar sum of da wurst ever because they hav lo specific powwer but they do maek moar torck than da masarti becuz they hav mor cuebs. itz liek aksing wai duz fromlua one car no hav ggod torque frum 2-6k rpm
That is hysterical, f6... he dont get it tho. FFFffffffffUUuUUUuUuuuu response.
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