New Vauxhall VXR8 features GM's 6.2 liter LS3 unit with an output of 431 PS (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque.

Vauxhall has introduced the new VXR8 performance sedan for the UK market.

The VXR8 is a high-powered rear-wheel drive sedan based on the facelifted Holden HSV E3 GTS model recently launched in Australia.

The VXR8 features, by far, the largest engine fitted into a Vauxhall model. That would be the 6.2 liter LS3 unit with an output of 431 PS (425 bhp / 317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. The VXR8 couples that power plant to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox transferring power to the mechanical limited-slip differential of the rear axle.

The 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint time comes in at 4.9 seconds and speed tops out at 155 mph (250 km/h).

The suspension set-up includes MacPherson struts and progressive rate coil springs for the front with a multi-link independent support at the back. The new VXR8 also comes with Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) for the first time.

The tech goodies continue with the addition of a launch control function with comes with the stability control program providing for measured acceleration times within 0.1 seconds of each other.

For the body kit is a ‘Shockwave' grille, LED daytimers at the front, wing-vents, a rear spoiler, LED tail lights and a dual exhaust.

On the inside is a full leather finish, HSV sport seats and an EDI system - an on-board computer that streams performance data to the 5-inch monitor.

The VXR8 is available only through 6 selected Vaxhaul dealers in the UK.

Prices start at £49,500 (inc. 20 percent VAT).