Vauxhall Monaro VXR

The Monaro was also sold in the United Kingdom as the Vauxhall Monaro where it won Top Gear’s best muscle car award.

To the delight of British motorists, Vauxhall offered the Monaro buyer a special treat prior to the discontinuation of the model: the VXR 500. A Harrop supercharger was installed onto the standard GM 6.0 LS2 engine by Vauxhall dealer Greens of Rainham in conjunction with tuning firm Wortec, bumping up power to 500 bhp (373 kW) and bumping up torque as well to 500 lbf·ft (677 N·m). In addition to this, a shorter gear linkage was added to enable quicker shifts. The resultant acceleration times were impressive at 4.8 seconds from rest to 62 mph (100 km/h).

With the end of production, Vauxhall opted to replace the Monaro in 2007 with a version of the HSV Clubsport R8 4-door sedan. The new model sports sedan is simply referred to as the Vauxhall VXR8.
Looking and feeling every inch the high performance car, Vauxhall’s Monaro VXR is a rare and beautiful creature. Powered by a massively torquey and powerful V8 engine, and boasting supreme drivability, looks and desirability, there really is no other car like it anywhere in the UK today. Following on from the massive success Monaro V8 has enjoyed in the UK already – just one month after its on sale date 45 per cent of the year’s quota had been sold – the highly awaited Monaro VXR offers everything the V8 does and a whole lot more besides.

Monaro VXR boasts a 5.7 litre V8 alloy engine which pumps out a massive 382 bhp of power and 510 Nm of torque, which equates to a zero to 60 mph sprint of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph. To complement such immense power, Monaro VXR features uprated disc brakes all round – 330 mm at the front and 315 mm at the rear – with massive stopping potential and tremendous feel.

In the driving seat things not only feel different, thanks to the new VXR black leather and Alcantara sport seats, but they look different as well. A subtle but important improvement is the inclusion of extra engine indicators – oil pressure and voltage indicator – in the specially designed VXR instrument binnacle.

Externally, Monaro VXR has been upgraded with a unique front air dam, rear spoiler and side body skirts, all sympathetically sculpted to enhance Monaro’s already dynamic and stylish exterior. These improvements also play an important part in the car’s aerodynamics, helping to create an even sleeker side silhouette… a side silhouette which is given immense presence by the imposing 19 inch alloy wheels, shod with Pirelli P-Zero Rosso 245/35R19 tyres.

With such stylish looks, impressive power and high standard specification any Monaro VXR owner will want to show it off to as many friends as they can and with Monaro VXR they can do just that. Monaro is a real-world four-seater offering room for four adults to sit in comfort without squashing their knees up to their chins, which means the driver can take up to three mates out with them to experience the thrill of Vauxhall’s fastest-ever sports coupe.

Scribbled on October 12th 2008 in Vauxhall, Vauxhall Monaro
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