You can actually order the VXR8 Bathurst edition in naturally aspirated or compressor form, but Vauxhall has just the supercharged model on its test fleet. Even not at full chat, the Bathurst reveals its naughty side. What it lacks is polish. It’s all about the twisties It dominates proceedings, interrupts conversations and proves utterly addictive on first acquaintance.
Drive like that and you notice the relaxed nature of the big Holden. Facebook Like Tweet Widget. Log in or register to post comments. That big V8 lump is understandably high on torque, batuhrst you can surf its lb ft in any gear at any speed. And who am I to complain about that?
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Stick it in fourth and waft around country lanes and town roads alike. More info on Vauxhall VXR8. To at least, oooh, eight. Especially since it has the noisiest supercharger this side of an original Bentley Blower. I like driving in straight lines, especially when flooring a V8 through a tunnel.
The next phase of DS’s premium baathurst hits the UK with this new small However, when the road turns twisty, the limitations of the hefty kg VXR8 become apparent, despite the best efforts of the chassis tweaks.
The ride is surprisingly soft, the steering relaxed, the ergonomics not bad once you get used to that ugly rear wing blocking half your view while on copper watch out the back window. Not to mention a bodykit and interior makeover. Original military-chic civilian off-roader enters a fourth Wrangler-badged The most powerful car ever to wear a Vauxhall badge.
This is the sticking point. Should I buy one? Six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive Performance: As for the VXR What it lacks is polish.
You just get what you pay for at the end of the day. Even one with the std Z06 engine in it would be great I’m sure there is already a bolt on supercharger kit for this engine. And the running costs will be eye-wateringly high in vxf8 and fuel. It’s all about the twisties You are right, it would make a fantastic car. Power is up by 32bhp over the previous supercharged VXR8, at bhp.
This will remain a niche interest car perhaps best suited to the secondhand bargain brigade a few years hence. But if you want the cheapest way to get more than bhp under the bonnet of your car, the VXR8 Bathurst S is it. Helping to put the power onto the road are stiffened, height adjustable springs, individually adjustable coil-over dampers, six-pot callipers at the front, and four-pot callipers at the rear.
These things are all well and good in a straight line, but on twisty roads i reckon a Focus RS would blow vrx8 away. The compressor spools up with an incredible din at even partial throttle openings.
Between motorway speeds and three figures the performance is electric. And the Bathurst positively excels at bumbling along in everyday mode.