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  1. #1
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    Default New (to me) supercharged VXR8

    Test drove this yesterday and looking for opinions/ advise as I'm new to the VXR brand.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vauxhall-H...53.m1438.l2649

    Always had a fast weekend toy to compliment the 4x4 diesel daily, apart from a R35 GT-R they have all been German. Fancied something fast, loud and fun with a manual box and this appears to tick the boxes.

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    A decent and honest seller to buy from, has ls7 clutch which is a must!

    Has a good charger and exhaust

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    I got my R8 from MWP, very good people to deal with. Looks like a tasty model, as said above it has the LS7 which is a must with all that power otherwise you'd be changing the clutch pretty often

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    £25,995.00 for a 2008 plate LS2 is expensive. For this money your in Bathurst S territory. The mods are significant, and expensive. It looks like a phenomenal car, question is with £26,000 burning a hole in your pocket could you buy a standard LS2 or LS3 and have it modded with the latest gear and have a better car? If the colour, wheels and spec of car are what you want, its awesome. Also consider the insurance, a Bathurst S is insured as a standard unmodded Vauxhall, a VXR8 modded to this extent could be very expensive to insure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackadder9570 View Post
    £25,995.00 for a 2008 plate LS2 is expensive. For this money your in Bathurst S territory. The mods are significant, and expensive. It looks like a phenomenal car, question is with £26,000 burning a hole in your pocket could you buy a standard LS2 or LS3 and have it modded with the latest gear and have a better car? If the colour, wheels and spec of car are what you want, its awesome. Also consider the insurance, a Bathurst S is insured as a standard unmodded Vauxhall, a VXR8 modded to this extent could be very expensive to insure.
    Colour, wheels and spec are just what I want. I preferred the sound of the Wortec exhaust so have agreed a deal with them changing the exhaust for me (inc x-over centre section). It's also been lowered so I've asked them to fit some 20mm spacers to push the wheels back out in the arches. I pick it up in a couple of weeks as I'm in holiday for two weeks from Wednesday.

    Been quoted £1100 for insurance with 0 no claims (as there used on my other cars) and declaring the mods. I didn't think that was to bad?

    Happy days!

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    Interesting, with a modded supercharger set up do you need to get a remap with the change of exhaust which presumably has a different back pressure? It's great and very lucky to find your idea VXR8 just sitting there on the dealers forecourt

    Not possible to comment on the merits of the £1100 quote, so many varying factors. My LS2 has the Catback exhaust but is overwise standard and with full NCB on the car and at age 51 with a modest postcode I am paying just over £400 for my insurance.

    Oh yes, and just for the record I am very jealous, the spec of your car is close my what I'd do to mine if those magical 6 numbers came up

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    Dunno about the VXR8 but that's my old Vectra VXR (HT08 AJY) in the rear view mirror/camera shot!
    Hoovering up the road

    2007 VXR8

    Walkinshaw Performance Power Pack, Headers and Supersport Cats. Ebay Antenna.

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    You won't be disappointed with this car. I knew the previous owner and have a good nose round it numerous times when at mwp. They've also spent a lot of money on it since taking it off Chris hands. Not a mark on it and low mileage... if I was in the market for another I'd of snapped this one up.

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    WP Sill Plates, WP Mats, HSV ID Kit, WP Wheel Centres, WP Antenna, HSV Light Cover Kit

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    That's good to hear shunterdarren1, thanks for that.

    I'm picking it up Saturday, looking forward to the 150 mile drive home!

    Im going on a road trip next week with a few mates to Croatia. The line up is a BMW V8 M3, BMW M1 coupe, a c63 black series and I was going to go in my 911 turbo but think I'll take the VXR8 instead now! Although the VXR8 is not as fast as the turbo, apparently there is a tunnel in Croatia that is 6km long which should make it worth while!

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    Ok, a little advice needed please. I picket the car up last week and it is awesome, very different to anything else I've driven but now I've got used to the gear box and power delivery it's a lot of fun.

    Me and a few mates are on a road trip (currently in Bosnia) and I've noticed the oil temp runs higher than I would expect. It seems to float between 110-130 but ir I drive really hard for as little as 5 mins it will go up to 140! Ambient temp is about 30 degrees.

    Is this normal? It seems high to me. I am not getting an warning lights, water temp system constantly at 1/4 and oil pressure is pretty constant around 3.

    Any thoughts would welcomed.

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