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Vauxhall bids farewell to four-door hot rod

by Ronan Glon

The VXR8 is based on the same platform as the Chevrolet SS, so it\'s a casualty of Holden\'s

Peugeot-owned Vauxhall is about to release the most powerful car in its 114-year history. Named VXR8 GTS-R, the four-door hot rod will make its public debut at the end of the month during the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The VXR8 is essentially a British-spec version of the Chevrolet SS, meaning it's a casualty of General Motors' decision to stop manufacturing Holden-branded cars in Australia. For its final, most extreme evolution, it receives a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine tuned to produce 586 horsepower and 545 pound-feet of torque. The eight-cylinder spins the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential, but transmission options remain unconfirmed.

A torque vectoring system and an upgraded braking system with six-piston front calipers help motorists make the most of the V8's power. Vauxhall points out the VXR8 is specific to the U.K. market, but it's undeniably very close inside and out to the HSV GTSR sold in Australia.

In addition to the mechanical upgrades, the VXR8 GTS-R receives an updated front end with a splitter and air vents made out of carbon fiber. Out back, it boasts a new spoiler, diamond-shaped exhaust tips, and a model-specific air diffuser. The body kit is similar to the one that equips the GTSR.

The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R promises to make high-end supercars look common. Production is limited to just 15 examples, and each one is priced at 74,500 pounds, a sum that converts to about $96,000.