Long time readers will notice the lack of foreign-market commentary here. It’s not that I don’t think cars in non-US markets are awesome, it’s just that I don’t ever expect to see them, so I don’t pay them too much attention. However, the Vauxhall VXR8 has been featured here before, way back in 2007. Well, it’s getting an update for 2011, so I figured it’s time to bring it back.
2011 Vauxhall VXR8 Specs
- 425 HP 6.2 liter V8
- 405 lb-ft of torque
- Magnetic Ride Control
- Six speed manual transmission standard
- Zero to sixty: 4.9 seconds
Underneath, the VXR8 is a Holden Commodore. That should ring a few bells – we briefly knew the Commodore in the US as the excellent Pontiac G8. With the Corvette V8, six speed transmission, and magnetic suspension, one could rightly call the VXR8 a four door Corvette.
Pontiac is gone, which is good for GM. However, there’s a market in the US for a car like this. There’s no reason GM couldn’t bring over the VXR8 as a Chevy. GM – are you listening?