|Manufacturer||Holden Special Vehicles|
|Parent company||General Motors|
|Also called||CSV CR8|
|Assembly||Clayton, Victoria, Australia|
|Predecessor||Vauxhall Monaro VXR (UK)|
|Body style(s)||4-door sedan|
|Platform||GM Zeta platform|
|Engine(s)||6.0 L Generation 4 Alloy V8|
(2008) 6.2 litre LS3 V8
|Transmission(s)||6-speed Tremec T-56 manual|
|Wheelbase||2915 mm (114.8 in)|
|Related||Holden VE Commodore|
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The HSV Clubsport is a full-size car produced by Holden Special Vehicles in Australia since 1990. The car has also been sold in the United Kingdom as the Vauxhall VXR8 since July 2007, and in 2008 began being sold in the Middle East as the CSV CR8 by Chevrolet Special Vehicles.
The Clubsport R8 takes its fundamental body structure from the mainstream Holden VE Commodore. It is also the standard model in the HSV Line up. From April 2008, all HSV models will be use 6.2 litre LS3 V8s, instead of the previous LS2. The LS3 will power the HSVs at 317kW & 550Nm. HSV has done this so in future HSV models, the LS3 can be tuned.
Imports to the UK and the US
350 VXR8s per year are scheduled for official importation into the UK, at a price of £35,105. Of the 110 ordered before first deliveries were made, 100 had been ordered with the Vauxhall warranted "loud exhaust" package, developed by Wortec. This uses a switchable exhaust system, allowing an electronic alteration of the exhaust gas path through the "standard" muffler, or via the new uprated Wortec muffler. The LS2 V8 is particularly popular among tuners in the USA, so performance parts are widely available. The most dramatic warranted upgrade is the £7,000 supercharger kit, which ups power to 530 hp (395 kW). Imports to the US are sold as Pontiac G8, with V6, L98 V8, or an LS3 V8 engine in the GXP trim.