2011 Vauxhall VXR8 Announced

2011 Vauxhall VXR8

Yesterday Vauxhall announced the 2011 VXR8 model and published the price list for the United Kingdom market. The car will be officially on sale as of March 2011 and is based on the higher-spec GTS model, featuring full leather trim (as standard) and an updated exterior and interior look. The car sports a powerful 6.2-litre V8 engine that will do 431 PS. This rear-wheel drive car has a starting price of 49,500 pounds (including the increased VAT) and will be available for ordering at the end of the year.

The 2011 Vauxhall VXR8 is based on the recently launched HSV E3 GTS that debuted in Australia a few weeks ago. The outgoing generation of the VXR8 is based on the lower-spec ClubSport R8. The new model is considerably cheaper than the Jaguar XFR, Audi RS6 and the Mercedes E63 AMG with 13k-29k pounds and also more affordable than the Mercedes C63 AMG or the BMW M3.

The new model features an updated “Shockwave” grille, sleek new wing-vents and LED running lights for the front of the car. On the back, you will find the “Superflow” rear spoiler, twin exhaust tips that imitate the front grille shape and LED tail lamps. Similar with the outgoing generation, the 2011 model sports MacPherson struts/progressive rate coil springs in the front and a modern multi-link independent setup at the rear of the VXR8. A premiere to this model is the MRC – Magnetic Ride Control which is a system that adapts up to 1000 times / second to driver inputs and road conditions. This technology is based on the MRC installed by Corvette on their ZR1 supercar and functions by sending an electric current through damper units that are filled with “soft” magnetic particles that harden when the input reaches the maximum value, providing users of the cars great handling, stopping power and exceptional level of the ride.

A new feature on the 2011 model is the Launch Control which is activated when the driver of the VXR8 selects the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Competition Mode. This system is capable of dictating the level of the torque which is delivered to the rear wheels of the Vauxhall, for maximum acceleration.

2011 Vauxhall VXR8

The fourth-generation of the large-capacity V8 6.2-litre LS3 engine is capable of producing 431 PS and an incredible torque of 550 Nm. These figures allow the car to reach 60 mph from start in 4.9 seconds. The top speed of the 2011 Vauxhall VXR8 is 155 mph. The engine of the car can be linked to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or with an automatic transmission that will work through a mechanical limited slip differential.

The inside of the car has received important updates, the VXR8 now benefits from full leather trim (as standard). The front occupants of the car will sit in special HSV Performance Seats that are 8-way adjustable. In order to bring a cleaner and integrated appearance, the car benefits form a new instrument cluster and surround along with an updated switchgear and central stack. Standard on all trim levels are the Aux-in/USB inputs, Bluetooth with touch-screen dialing and phone book display and support for the iPod.

The new model can be equipped with an Enhanced Driver Interface – EDI which is connected to the on-board computer of the Vauxhall VXR8 and constantly streams real-time car performance and dynamics to the generous 5-inch monitor. The driver has the possibility to browse through a wide variety of data, including lap times, drifting levels, power and torque as well as the G-forces levels. The drivers of the car have the possibility to download this data and further analyze it through the MOTEC i2 software which is included.

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