New 431PS Vauxhall VXR8
One of our favourite, fun and fruity cars is back – the Vauxhall VXR8. Get ready for oversteer! The new VXR8 will hit dealers in March 2011, priced at £49,500 (inc. 20% VAT). Its now based on the high-spec Holden HSV E3 GTS model and features a revised exterior and interior (full leather), magnetic ride control, launch control (!) and live data streaming ("Enhanced Driver Interface, EDI") sending power, torque, lap times, drift angle etc. to the in-car computer screen. Best of all though, it's packing a fourth generation, 6.2-litre LS3 monster V8 – offering 431PS, 550Nm of torque, 0-60mph in 4.9s and a limited 155mph. It'll also have an uprated mechanical LSD and six-speed gearbox. We had too much fun testing this at Oulton Park last year, and can not wait to try out the new version in 2011. Serious V8 sideways action has never been so affordable. You likey? We at Road HQ certainly do.