The VXR8 GTS-R marks the end of an era

Throughout most of Vauxhall's history, its range has included a large rear-wheel drive executive-class car. Since the demise of the Omega in 2003, this role has been performed by the rarefied VXR8.

However, the VXR8 is about to disappear. That's because production of the Australian-built Holden Commodore – the model on which the Vauxhall is based – is due to cease in October.

Even if a direct Commodore replacement was planned (and there definitely isn't), the impending sale of Vauxhall and Opel to the French PSA Group probably would've jeopardised any future VXR8.

Consequently, the current VXR8 is almost certain to be the last ever V8-powered Vauxhall. What's more, anybody wanting a rear-wheel drive vehicle from the brand will soon be restricted to the not-very-sporty Movano van.

Such a passing deserves commemorating, hence the new VXR8 GTS-R limited edition. Just fifteen examples are going to be available in the UK.

Holden Commodore HSV GTSV (2017) Front Side
The VXR8 GTS-R is a Holden Commodore
HSV GTSR wearing Vauxhall badges.

Compared to a regular GTS, output from the supercharged 6.2 litre LSA engine is increased to 586 bhp (437 kW / 595 PS) thanks to a re-map and a high-flow air filter. Also fitted are a limited-slip differential and an upgraded braking set-up that boasts six-piston monoblock calipers for the front axle.

Helping the GTS-R to stand out visually are redesigned bumpers, various carbon fibre components and unique 20” forged alloy wheels. The interior meanwhile gains leather and Alcantara upholstery.

With a price tag of £74,500 the GTS-R isn't cheap, but there are bound to be enough enthusiasts who understand the significance of this final VXR8.

Holden Commodore HSV GTSV (2017) InteriorHolden Commodore HSV GTSV (2017) Rear Side

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