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Vauxhall reveals 576-hp VXR8 GTS sedan

Thu, 12 Dec 2013

It appears that Australians have figured out how to make spectacular American-style muscle cars, and they're willing to share with the British. At least that's what the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS looks like on paper. Vauxhall has just revealed a a mean looking piece of machinery that may remind you of a car or two from its side profile, an they've spilled the details on this beast ahead of its launch at the Autosport International auto show.

We'll cut to the chase: the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS promises 576 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque courtesy of a 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine, as well as a 0 to 60 time of just 4.2 seconds. Those are the performance figures in store, and the full-size sedan accelerate up an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (in a hypothetical country not filled with speed cameras, we take it). Buyers will have a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, and we have a feeling that one of those boxes is going to get ticked a lot more than the other. Torque vectoring and Magnetic Ride Control with three modes of suspension stiffness will be standard.

The VXR8 GTS is based on slightly less rabid Holden sedans, and in North America a version of this bodystyle exists as the Chevrolet PPV.

The car is known as the Holden GEN-F GTS back in its native Australia, though its side profile will remind you of the 2014 Chevrolet SS. The Holden GTS is billed as Australia's most powerful production car, and in Vauxhall guise it boasts more horses under the hood than the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

"The Performance Car Show and Autosport International is an ideal location for us to take the wraps off the UK's first new VXR8 GTS,' said Stuart Harris, head of Vauxhall's Carline Brand. "While this is unashamedly one of the most powerful road cars you can buy in the UK, the GTS was developed by people who have a wealth of experience in motorsport, so putting it in front of thousands of car racing enthusiasts is a no-brainer for Vauxhall."

The Vauxhall joins a large lineup of vehicles in the UK market, more than 20 in all.

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By Jay Ramey