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by Jez Spinks

British performance car buyers can now order the new Vauxhall VXR8 – a rebadged version of the HSV GTS.

The 430kW Australian muscle car will be available in the UK towards the end of 2013, priced £5000 higher than before at £54,999.

With a conversion of about $86,500 at current exchange rates, it means VXR8 buyers get access to the V8-powered performance sedan for a few thousand dollars less than local buyers.

The HSV GTS will cost $92,990 when it goes on sale in September here, sitting at the top of the new Gen-F range.

Vauxhall VXR8 front

It will continue to provide Holden’s General Motors sister brand Vauxhall with its niche Aussie performance cars it has been offering in recent years.

Vauxhall continues to sell the HSV E3 Series GTS, Clubsport sports sedans and Maloo ute, using its sporty VXR branding that’s also applied to performance versions of the Corsa city car, Astra small car and Insignia medium car (Opel OPC vehicles in Australia).

“The very fact that cars like the VXR8 GTS still exist proves that there is a small but immensely passionate band of customers out there who want to drive something which is unique and special,” said Stuart Harris, Vauxhall’s head of carline brand.

“In its new GTS form the VXR8 offers colossal power and torque in a package that is more technology-led than ever before, yet still retains that unique VXR8-character that no BMW or Mercedes can match. It’s also around £20k less than its main rivals – the M5 and E63 AMG – yet has more power than either.”

Vauxhall appears to have simply photoshopped Vauxhall and VXR8 badges onto HSV images for its press pictures, though they forgot to remove the red ‘GTS’ logo from the lower air intake.

  • Karl Sass

    Can’t wait until Clarkson gets his hands on this!

    • gtrxuone

      Its been a Uk top gear favourite since the VZ Monaro made its way to the Uk.

    • Chad

      Like Hammond said” If this car doesn’t inspire you that’s your problem!” One would thing think they have done enough to make this car quite a bit better so it’ll be interesting what they have to say.

      • horsie

        That shows still going? yawn

        • Sonic

          Why the negativity? It’s one of the very few great shows on TV.

    • Tone

      I wonder if this one will put his back out like the Monaro did …

    • Captain Nemo®™

      It will be interesting to see which one gets to drive it first Hammond or Clarkson.

      I,am guessing Hammond because he seems to love the VXR8 more than Clarkson does.

  • sam

    I love how in England the GTS is only 20k Pounds less than an M5 or E63 but here you’re still another $140,000 from a new E63, less than half price!

    • nick

      It just shows how stupid we (and car journo’s) are :(

    • Des KSA

      And that’s why there should be a senate enquiry on price gouging by importers for the Oz market.

      • Philthy

        Rubbish… No one’s forcing you to buy a BMW. If they can price the vehicle that high and get some fool to pay it then why shouldn’t they?

    • Darryl

      And it’s cheaper over there too,as well as the UK price including 20% VAT, and being an on the road price. The LCT doesn’t make up for that much difference.

      • Dibi

        Thats what happens when the luxury car tax comes into play

  • Golf

    That number place “DE51 RED” is 2001 or 2002 model!!

    • Jakewilliam5

      Vauxhall has used that plate since the first VX220 VXR came out. It’s their manufacturer’s plate.

  • mark

    I think everyone is missing the point, why in God’s name are we paying 6k more for a car that’s made here? Geeez I’m waiting for the day when we don’t get shafted by every car maker!

  • ZAP

    I dont think they forgot to remove the “GTS” logo because on the Vauxhall VXR website, it states: “A raft of new technologies – never before seen in this new model – mean the VXR8 GTS has come of age.”

  • Autoholic

    Looks cool.

  • Mohammed Smith

    CHIP THIS WALLAH !!!!!!!!

  • Alex Martini

    I will be very surprised if any of those whinging, Vectra-driving Poms will actually buy on of these.