• AMG M157 vs GM LSA sedan standing kilometer drag race - E63 AMG takes on the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS

      The majority of network readers will not be familiar with Vauxhall. It is a brand based in the UK that is owned by Opel which in turn is owned by GM. Essentially they use Holden platforms from Australia (also owned by GM) and produce their own versions of those platforms. The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is essentially the Holden HSV GTS using the LSA supercharged 6.2 liter V8 which replaces its previous naturally aspirated LS3.


      On paper, the horsepower figure of the XR8 GTS means it should have a good chance against the E63. It does have a glaring weakness with its 6-speed manual versus the quick and consistent Mercedes MCT automatic. It does have a slight advantage in curb weight coming it at roughly 200 pounds less than the E63.

      So what happens? The E63 AMG makes easy work of it. Both cars are rear wheel drive as this is not the 4Matic E63 AMG and it is also the standard version and not the more powerful S version. Regardless, the result is the AMG covering the kilometer in 21.88 seconds and the Vauxhall 22.45 seconds.

      EVO plays the difference off as if it is minimal but it isn't. It also is not simply a matter of gearboxes as the M157 turbo punch would not be mitigated by giving the VXR8 the same transmission. Since these are Brits and they do not know how to drag race they did not include trap speeds at the kilometer marker. If they did, we would likely see the E63 AMG pulling much, much harder at that point. Regardless, the Vauxhall is 20,000 British Pounds cheaper than the E63. It also definitely looks like it is.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: AMG M157 vs GM LS3 sedan standing kilometer drag race - E63 AMG takes on the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS started by Sticky View original post
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      1. TZ04XJR's Avatar
        TZ04XJR -
        I thought the VXR8 GTS had the LSA? 576 hp out of a N/A LS3 would be monstrous though!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TZ04XJR Click here to enlarge
        I thought the VXR8 GTS had the LSA? 576 hp out of a N/A LS3 would be monstrous though!
        You are right. The description I read was incorrect.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TZ04XJR Click here to enlarge
        I thought the VXR8 GTS had the LSA? 576 hp out of a N/A LS3 would be monstrous though!
        Edited, my apologies.
      1. TZ04XJR's Avatar
        TZ04XJR -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Edited, my apologies.
        It's all good. Hell I would be looking to import one immediately with that freak LS3 and slapped a centri on it lol
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TZ04XJR Click here to enlarge
        It's all good. Hell I would be looking to import one immediately with that freak LS3 and slapped a centri on it lol
        You're looking for a sedan with an LS7 then. Then again, making an LS3 put out 560+ horsepower naturally aspirated isn't a big deal.
      1. TZ04XJR's Avatar
        TZ04XJR -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        You're looking for a sedan with an LS7 then. Then again, making an LS3 put out 560+ horsepower naturally aspirated isn't a big deal.
        Hmmm LS7 Sedan... I like the sound of that.
      1. cturbos's Avatar
        cturbos -
        They're made in Australia by HOLDEN then rebadged as VAUXHALL in England and in Middle East they're rebadged as LUMINA SS.2 versions 5.7L early cars then the 6.0L .Highly modifiable cars.
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cturbos Click here to enlarge
        They're made in Australia by HOLDEN then rebadged as VAUXHALL in England and in Middle East they're rebadged as LUMINA SS.2 versions 5.7L early cars then the 6.0L .Highly modifiable cars.
        Why do they feel the need for so many badges for the same thing?
      1. cturbos's Avatar
        cturbos -
        Different markets,You guys had them as GTO'S in the states albeit as 2 doors.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cturbos Click here to enlarge
        Different markets,You guys had them as GTO'S in the states albeit as 2 doors.
        I know I just don't think they need all these different badges. Just call it one freaking thing.