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Vauxhall launches VXR8 GTS, UK version of HSV GTS

Vauxhall in the UK has just announced the GTS version of its VXR8, effectively introducing the Aussie HSV GTS super sedan in Europe.

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-drift

Up until now the British GM arm only stocked the VXR8, which is essentially a rebadged and slightly revised version of our HSV Clubsport R8. The new GTS is the first time the UK has been able to sample the high-output LSA-equipped model.

Under the bonnet sits the same 6.2-litre supercharged V8 as featured in the local HSV, thumping out 430kW of power and 740Nm of torque. This enables acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 4.2 seconds with a top speed limited to 250km/h.

To distinguish the exterior from the VXR8, there’s a set of 20-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in Continental ContiSport Contact 5P tyres, a bodykit with front and rear spoilers and side skirts, and some LED daytime running lights.

Inside, there’s the usual big sports bucket seats for the front passengers, similarly-themed rear seats, lots of suede/Alcantara trimmings, and an 8.0-inch touch-screen interface connected up to a Bose sound system. Stuart Harris, Vauxhall’s head of Carline brand, said,

“In its 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.”

The performance sedan is now on sale in the country from £54,509 (about AU$115,480).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.