Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has delivered some months ago a bitter-sweet raft of special editions commemorating the end of the line for the traditional RWD Australian-built Commodore.
Among them was the flagship GTSR, packing a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine good for 586 horsepower (435 kilowatts) and 545 pound-feet (740 Newton meters) of torque. The exquisite monster machine is now travelling the length of the world to reach the United Kingdom and act as Vauxhall’s most powerful production car of all times, getting some 19 hp (14 kW) in excess of the VXR8 GTS. Besides the more powerful engine, the GTS-R also packs lots of other goodies – new 20-inch forged alloy wheels with beefier brakes with 410-mm discs up front and six-piston calipers. The rear-wheel-drive sedan also gets a limited-slip differential and the GTS torque vectoring control system.
The VXR8 GTS-R will also stand out against its more standard brother thanks to the new aero body kit with a refreshed front end as well as carbon fiber vents. Additional features include the prominent front splitter and a small wing at the back, as well as trapezoidal exhaust tips fitted inside a unique diffuser. The VXR8 has been on offer in the UK since 2007 and it’s now ready for retirement with this high-performance version, which is also a collector’s item priced to match – £74,500 will lend anyone one of just 15 examples being produced, with the model set to appear for the first time in front of a live audience during the Goodwood Festival of Speed taking place between June 29 and July 2.