New ride control for Vauxhall’s storming VXR8
WHO says yellow is a cissy colour for boys? Hark to the roar of Vauxhall’s latest VXR8, built in Australia and based on the newly launched Holden E3 GTS and with a basketload of mechanicals from the Corvette ZR1.
Turn away now if you are sniffy about high- performance cars. With 425 brake horse and 405lb-ft the 6.2 litre rear-drive “super saloon” reaches 60mph in 4.9 seconds (slightly slower than the BMW pocket rocket previewed on Page 2).
Top speed is anchored at 155mph.
You may order one now, with first deliveries in March. Cost: £49,500 through just six dealers with a total of 34 equipped to service it.
For the first time Vauxhall uses magnetic ride control, a suspension system used, for example, by Maserati, Audi and Corvette, which adapts up to 1,000 times a seconds to road conditions and driver inputs.
“MRC works by sending an electric current through damper units filled with ‘soft’ magnetic particles. These particles harden as the input reaches its maximum value, providing drivers with exceptional levels of ride, handling and stopping power,” says Vauxhall.
Another “hot” feature having its début at Vauxhall is Launch Control, which is engaged when drivers select Competition Mode. “The system dictates the level of torque delivered to the rear wheels for maximum acceleration, according to surface conditions. All the driver has to do is floor the throttle and let the car do the rest.”
Also new to Vauxhall but familiar on Japanese supercars is real-time data on screen. Such as: G-forces, power and torque and lap times – even the degree to which their VXR8 is drifting. Hmm. Keep your eyes on the road.
A full leather interior is now fitted, and the instrument display has been tidied up. Body colours other than Hazard Yellow are available.
HOT OFFERING: Vauxhall’s VXR8 packs revised styling, a new cabin and a raft of new technology.