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Vauxhall VXR8 news - More V8, mate? - 2008

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OK, it’s not quite the seven-litre,
570bhp V8 we
were hoping for, but Vauxhall’s hirsute VXR8 has just been given more grunt.

14bhp more grunt, to be exact - up to
425bhp from 411bhp - thanks to a new 6.2-litre V8 engine closely related to the
lump out of the Corvette ZR1.

And more grunt means more fastness: the
VXR8’s 0-60mph time drops below five seconds, while in-gear acceleration is
improved, too - it’ll now get from 80mph to 100mph in fourth gear in just four
seconds. Only on a track, obviously.

Despite the improved performance, the
VXR8’s consumption and emission figures remain the same. Not green, exactly,
but no worse.

The new,
butcher VXR8 is on sale now, with prices starting at £35,695. Or 84
quid-per-horsepower, if you prefer.

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