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New VXR8 sports saloon goes on the market

Vauxhall's six-strong network of VXR dealers open order books later this month for the revised 425bhp VXR8 sports saloon. Vauxhall VXR8 2011MY

The £49,500 rear-wheel driven performance car has heavily revised front- and rear-end styling, a new cabin and a host of driver aids.

The new VXR8, with a 6.2-litre V8, is now based on HSV’s E3 GTS model, just launched in Australia.

Vauxhall pitches it as a cheaper alternative to a Jaguar XFR and Audi RS6.

A new, ‘Shockwave’ grille, LED daytime running lights and sleek new wing-vents mark the new car out from the front, while the rear features a new ‘Superflow’ rear spoiler, LED tail lamps and twin exhaust tips that mimic the shape of the front grille.

For the first time on a VXR8, Vauxhall has employed Magnetic Ride Control (MRC), an adaptable suspension system based on technology used in GM’s current Corvette ZR1 supercar

It also gets Launch Control, which is engaged when drivers select the ESC’s (Electronic Stability Control) Competition Mode, which dictates the level of torque delivered to the rear wheels for maximum acceleration, according to surface conditions.

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