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Monaro VXR 500 review

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Following on from Wopp's original thread concerning the VXR 500 here is a review on how the car performs.

VXR 500 Review

I'm already counting my pennies in the money jar and from debtors and other things about to be paid and might even consider doing a bit of local extortion.

BO55 will have his fitted shortly and will no doubt give a review of how the car feels wit the Harrop fitted 169144-ok.gif

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The car tested was effectively a VXR 550 as it has the Wortec toys....and that is what I'll be pootling around in jump.gif

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Wow. Thats seriously powerful - and with all the kit on it you're still only looking at £41k!!!

Thats quite astonishing bang per buck.

Hmmm. Nice.

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I wonder how long they will be selling this one?.

I just might buy one in a year or so. the_finger.gif

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Wow. Thats seriously powerful - and with all the kit on it you're still only looking at £41k!!!

Thats quite astonishing bang per buck.

Hmmm. Nice.

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Gives the M6 some serious competition Chris!! Looking forward to this add on. But am sure Chris (BO55) will post on how well the Harrop performs once it is fitted next week 169144-ok.gif

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Wow. Thats seriously powerful - and with all the kit on it you're still only looking at £41k!!!

Thats quite astonishing bang per buck.

Hmmm. Nice.

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Gives the M6 some serious competition Chris!! Looking forward to this add on. But am sure Chris (BO55) will post on how well the Harrop performs once it is fitted next week 169144-ok.gif

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MOSE I wonder if the gear-shift mod will ease the heavey shift feel? ROLLEY~14.GIF

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FIRST MOD MATE!!!

And a mod that every Ro owner has!!

At circa £500 its money very well spent! Instant gear change!

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wouldn't it be nice if the Monaros that will be at MPH06 were these, just think of the noise smile.gif

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There's actually only a few VXR Monaros left and only a few of them will be converted.

So, there is only a limited run of about 15-20

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Hmm, I'm not sure if BMW will see it that way because they're in such completely different guises as cars.

However, I can't argue it's not in a similar performance vein on those figures alone (although of course an M6 is known to be capable of 206mph).

I'd still pick an M6 over one without any hesitation, but for £41k...there simply isn't any question that its a stunning car for the money.

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I bet it whines a lot...

Rest assured, you're left in no doubt that this car is supercharged. The belt driven Harrop blower is so vocal, it sounds like Janet Street-Porter on a bad day.

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If i wasnt buying a house id be looking at a Monaro. notworthy.gif

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The VXR 500. Officially the fastest ever production Vauxhall, it makes the Lotus Carlton seem like a minicab…

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Fantastic mate! Cant wait to read your review, that is one exciting piece of kit!! 169144-ok.gif

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Hmm, I'm not sure if BMW will see it that way because they're in such completely different guises as cars.

However, I can't argue it's not in a similar performance vein on those figures alone (although of course an M6 is known to be capable of 206mph).

I'd still pick an M6 over one without any hesitation, but for £41k...there simply isn't any question that its a stunning car for the money.

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But Chris, you still need to get ya arse down south mate so I can gie you me keys and let ua have a jolly mate. Even in its current guise, I think you will be taken with it. Will save ya 40kish on a badge alone!!

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Hmm, I'm not sure if BMW will see it that way because they're in such completely different guises as cars.

However, I can't argue it's not in a similar performance vein on those figures alone (although of course an M6 is known to be capable of 206mph).

I'd still pick an M6 over one without any hesitation, but for £41k...there simply isn't any question that its a stunning car for the money.

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Chris, think about this hard. Do you think an M6 would give you as much pride of ownership as a very special, way more elite muscle car? It may be a Vauxhall but leave the badge out of it. As a clued up person in the fashion business, this VXR is way cooler!

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Wopps....the Vaux bit is literally the badge. As already discussed on other threads. Vaux literally market the car in the UK, other than that it is HSV DNA through and through.

A few owner have had the Vaux badges removed, mine will be next!! It aint Vauxhall....they simply SELL IT!

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Hmm, I'm not sure if BMW will see it that way because they're in such completely different guises as cars.

However, I can't argue it's not in a similar performance vein on those figures alone (although of course an M6 is known to be capable of 206mph).

I'd still pick an M6 over one without any hesitation, but for £41k...there simply isn't any question that its a stunning car for the money.

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Chris, think about this hard. Do you think an M6 would give you as much pride of ownership as a very special, way more elite muscle car? It may be a Vauxhall but leave the badge out of it. As a clued up person in the fashion business, this VXR is way cooler!

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Ermm, in a word, yes.

Look, lets not turn this into a me-bashing a VXR thread because I'm doing nothing like that. I'm pouring praise on it in fact.

I'm just being honest and saying I'd prefer what I would see as the better overall engineered product in the M6. MOSE had a bad experience with BMW so I entirely appreciate his stance too. I've had a perfect 6-series ownership experience and I'd much prefer an M6 for the package you get.

As I said, lets not turn this into VXR 500 versus M6 because the M6 is very much the thoroughbred performance car and I think it'd be unfair on a hybrid-engineered Vauxhall (by that I mean a combination of a dealer and a specialist tuning firm verus a full scale manufacturers research and testing facilities).

Fantastic car, but its each to their own. If I was spending £35-41k then its seriously up there. If my budget was higher, then all I'm saying is it wouldn't be as high on my list.

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Only one thing I wanna raise out of this debate is the Vauxhall thing. The car is very unfortunately BADGED as a Vauxhall, and as already agreed in previous threads the car deserves to be known by its original DNA. So can we now begin to compare the car as like for like with the HSV badge??

I would feel so much happier smile.gif

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HSV would be a much better badge for the car MOSE. In Australia, the highest performance Monaros are like celebrities! Everyone turns their head when one drives past. If only they had badged the VX220 series of cars with something more interesting than the Luton Griffin, maybe they would have been more cool too.

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Well my point entirely mate.....the "highest perormance Monaros" as you describe are known as HSV GTOs in OZ, but like for like, exactly the same car is badged as a Monaro VXR in the UK. But as it flashes a Vaux badge, we are natuarlly Vaux owners. NOT THE CASE!!

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OK, Pontiac Goat it is, then! wink.gif

I'd be tempted to get hold of badges for all three of it's main names and swap them daily. That'd confuse people!

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