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The Top Gear car review:Vauxhall VXR8
For:Successor to the wonderful Monaro, and the engine’s an even bigger V8. What’s not to like?
Against:You'll need a healthy supply of fuel and tyres to satisfy its smoking habit...
What is it?
When Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) calls its latest 576bhp, 546lb ft supercharged, 6.2-litre V8 vehicle, “The most powerful performance production car ever built in Australia”, you can well believe it. It’s badged as the new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS. This is a good thing. Top Gear has always appreciated the VXR8’s robust attitude to sophistication, what with its habit of jamming a big V8 into a rear-drive saloon and charging relatively little for it. But times have changed. The VXR8 is officially no longer unsophisticated. It is also officially no longer cheap.