Not to mention a bodykit and interior makeover. Drive like that and you notice the relaxed nature of the big Holden. However, when the road turns twisty, the limitations of the hefty kg VXR8 become apparent, despite the best efforts of the chassis tweaks. It dominates proceedings, interrupts conversations and proves utterly addictive on first acquaintance. Every moderately enthusiastic poke of the throttle provokes an angry shriek from the supercharger that overlays the chesty V8 rumble.
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However, when the road turns twisty, the limitations of the hefty kg VXR8 become apparent, despite the best efforts of the chassis tweaks. Helping to put bathurdt 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.
The ride is surprisingly soft, the steering relaxed, the ergonomics not bad once you get used to that ugly rear bathuurst blocking half your view bathurrst on copper watch out the back window.
Twist the key, and the V8 starts with a surprisingly muted warble. Join the debate Comments. As for the VXR But if you want the cheapest way to get more than bhp under the bonnet batthurst your car, the VXR8 Bathurst S is it. This will remain a niche interest car perhaps best suited to the secondhand bargain brigade a few years hence.
Original military-chic civilian off-roader enters a fourth Wrangler-badged And the Bathurst positively excels at bumbling along in everyday mode. Then let me know and I’ll buy one. The most powerful car ever to wear a Vauxhall badge. Power is up by 32bhp over the previous supercharged VXR8, at bhp.
To at least, oooh, eight. More info on Vauxhall VXR8. Every moderately enthusiastic poke of the bathursg provokes an angry shriek from the supercharger that overlays the chesty V8 rumble.
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.
Add your comment Log in or register to post comments. This is the sticking point.
Even one with the std Z06 engine in it would be great Log in or register to post comments. You are right, it would make a fantastic car. Not to mention a bodykit and interior makeover. These things are all well and good in a straight line, but on twisty roads i reckon a Focus RS would blow it away.
The compressor spools up with an incredible din at even partial throttle openings. Pretty much wherever you are in the rev range – and in whatever gear – the VXR8 Bathurst lunges at the horizon.
Should I buy one? That big V8 lump is understandably high on torque, and you can surf its lb ft in any gear at any speed. What it lacks is polish. It’s all about the twisties Spring and damper settings are fettled, 20in alloys fitted and beefy six-pot front, four-pot rear brakes added. That V8 utterly dominates the driving experience.
Even not at full chat, the Bathurst reveals its naughty side. And who am I to complain about that? The next phase of DS’s premium push hits the UK with this new small I like driving in straight lines, especially when flooring a V8 through a tunnel. Mercedes-Benz CLA d review.