Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vauhal Marks a Decade of Performace

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vauhal Marks a Decade of Performace

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THE high performance stable at Vauxhall has reached a milestone courtesy of the latest version of the potent VXR8 GTS.

It marks ten years since the VXR brand made its debut on UK shores and with total sales now exceeding 20,000, the range has certainly been embraced by UK car enthusiasts.

As a result, Britain has always been the leading market in Europe for Vauxhall/Opel performance cars, known as OPCs in other countries.

There are currently five Cars in the VXR range - the Corsa VXR, the 210PS Corsa VXR ClubSport, the 280PS Astra VXR, the 325PS Insignia VXR and the 576PS VXR8 GTS.

The first cars to carry the nameplate were the VXR220 and the Monaro VXR, both of which were launched at the British Motor Show in the summer of 2004.

The number one VXR220 still resides in Vauxhall's Heritage Centre, while the Monaro VXR was 40 per cent cheaper than a BMW 6-series at launch, yet developed 330PS from it 5.7-litre V8 engine.

Unlikely candidates for the VXR treatment were the Zafira and Meriva MPVs, yet both proved that up to 240PS in a front-wheel drive people-carrier needn't be an unruly experience. …

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