Vauxhall VXR


VXR is the branding for the high-performance trim specification, for models in many of Vauxhall’s car range in the United Kingdom. It was launched in 2004 following discussions with the Directors (K Grice, P Marshall and N Reed) and several Regional Organisers of the Vauxhall Sports Car Club – at the time the official club for owners and enthusiasts of Vauxhall performance models to replace the GSi branding (which itself replaced the GTE label) which was previously used on top-end high-performance models. The first VXR model to be released was the Monaro VXR and VXR220 (limited edition of the VX220) in 2004.

Shortly after the introduction of the VXR brand, a dedicated website and discussion forum VXRonline was set up by the Directors of the Vauxhall Sports Car Club to provide technical assistance, advice, meetings and events for all owners and enthusiasts of the VXR models.

Holden also uses the VXR badge for some of its high-performance cars such as the Astra VXR and Insignia VXR.

VXR models are produced and developed by Opel Performance Center, a division of Opel. The VXR brand is closely linked to VX Racing, Vauxhalls British Touring Car Championship team, and the VXR versions of the cars are race track-styled models, with high performance capabilities.

The VX Racing name was first used in 2003 instead of Vauxhall Motorsport, taking part in the BTCC with cars prepared by Triple 8 Race Engineering.

The VXR badge was first launched in the summer of 2004 at the British Motor Show with enhanced consumer versions of the Monaro and VX220. In 2005 the VXR range included the Astra VXR and subsequently Zafira, Vectra, Corsa, Insignia and Meriva versions.


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