The Vauxhall VXR8 6.2-litre V8 saloon has won a fuel efficiency award.
Prepare for a shock. The Vauxhall VXR8 6.2-litre V8 saloon has won a fuel efficiency award at the Fleet World MPG Marathon. Seriously – not kidding - it has. During a two- day motoring event in the Cotsworlds, this mighty machine averaged a pleasing 32.14mpg compared to its official figure of only 21mpg. The Vauxhall's route covered 350 miles of A and B roads, plus motorway and country driving. It was piloted by Top Gear Online Editor Chris Mooney with guidance from Andrew Duerden - Vauxhall's eco-expert and navigator. “Andrew and I are, as they say, over the moon to win the overall best percentage improvement in the VXR8,” said Chris Mooney. “It just goes to show that the person behind the wheel can make a massive difference to fuel costs and carbon emissions. And, of course, that a 6.2 litre V8 is a very sensible choice of engine in the right hands.” The Vauxhall VXR8 6.2 V8 produces a teeth shattering 431ps and an attention grabbing 405 lb ft of torque. This monstrous power is sent to the rear wheels via either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The result is breathtaking. Manual versions rocket to 62mph in only 4.9 seconds and are capable of 155mph. Very nice too, especially as this speedy saloon has fun-focussed handling. Driving this car is tremendously thrilling - even though it is not the most sophisticated machine on the planet. The VXR8 is cheap too, so prices range from £45,000 - £51,250. That is barely the price of a litre of unleaded.