DAYS OF THUN­DER

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If you’re think­ing about buy­ing a V8pow­ered Vaux­hall, then now isn’t a bad time to jump on the band­wagon. At the time of writ­ing, E1 VXR8s can be bought for the same price as a used In­signia VXR. Fur­ther­more, with the last-ever HSVs due to land in the next few months, in­ter­est in these gaga Griffins is likely to spike, po­ten­tially push­ing the price of good used ex­am­ples sky­ward as those keen not to miss out on the ex­pe­ri­ence of own­ing an eight­cylin­der Vaux­hall-badged beast snap up what­ever VXR8, Monaro or Maloo they can lay their hands on.

The very lat­est in V8 Vaux­hall joy can be bought in the form of the VXR8 GTS. It’s an ab­so­lute weapon, pow­ered by the phe­nom­e­nal 6.2-litre su­per­charged small-block LSA en­gine. We de­cided to start our new Dream Drives se­ries – where we use var­i­ous per­for­mance Vaux­halls to ex­plore the UK's best driv­ing roads – from be­hind the wheel of the model’s sib­ling, the to­tally hat­stand Maloo R8 LSA. With 536bhp and the strips of tar­mac around ru­ral North Hert­ford­shire at our dis­posal, it’s safe to as­sume that we had a lot of fun. Check out our ad­ven­tures on p78.

There’s more Thun­der from Down Un­der to be found else­where in the mag thanks to fea­tures about Ja­son Wil­son’s 680bhp VXR8, a 700bhp LSA-equipped Monaro VXR and some ex­cit­ing HSV lim­ited edi­tions. We’ve also re­ported on an ex Gerry Mar­shall Thun­der­sa­loon Chevette HSR and Ell Howard’s 450bhp Mk4 As­tra – a GSi that tried to kill it­self be­fore hit­ting close to 171mph on the run­way at Vaux­hall’s re­cent Thun­der Road event.

Per­haps even more thun­der­ous is the news that we’re launch­ing an all-new Per­for­mance Vaux­hall Show. It’ll run in ad­di­tion to PVS at Santa Pod, but in­stead of en­cour­ag­ing quar­ter-mile sprint­ing, the new event will pro­vide you with the op­por­tu­nity to test your Vaux­hall’s han­dling abil­i­ties on the world-fa­mous, cor­ner-crammed as­phalt at Rock­ing­ham Speed­way (Europe's fastest rac­ing cir­cuit). We’ll be host­ing the fi­nal round of the UK’s Time At­tack Cham­pi­onship at the show, which is sched­uled to take place Oc­to­ber 15th 2017. It’s gonna be a mega day. Get it in your di­ary!

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