Vauxhall Bids Farewell To VXR8 With 586HP GTS-R Special

Vauxhall is preparing to say goodbye to the VXR8 as the company has announced plans to introduce the VXR8 GTS-R at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Set to become the most powerful vehicle ever sold by the company, the VXR8 GTS-R has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 595 PS (586 hp) and 740 Nm (545 lb-ft) of torque.

This means the new ‘R’ model has 19 PS (18 hp) more than the standard VXR8 GTS, albeit 49hp less than  Holden’s Commodore GTS-R W1 that adopts the ZR1’s 635hp V8.

Besides being more powerful, the GTS-R has been equipped with a new front bumper, revised side skirts, and carbon fiber front fender vents. The car also has a front splitter, a unique diffuser, and a four-tailpipe exhaust system with diamond-shaped tips. Rounding out the changes are a carbon fiber rear spoiler and new 20-inch forged alloy wheels.

The interior seems to largely carryover as Vauxhall only mentioned a few minor modifications. Highlights include leather and Alcantara sport seats with diamond stitching and an Alcantara wrapped steering wheel.

To keep things under control, engineers equipped the GTS-R with a limited slip differential and a torque vectoring system. The model has also been outfitted with an upgraded braking system that has six-piston monoblock calipers up front with 410mm (16.1 inch) brake discs.

Production will be limited to 15 units and pricing starts at £74,500 ($96,008).

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