STREWTH mate. Vauxhall have announced the most powerful car in their 114-year history – the  VXR8 GTS-R.

It will also be the last of the VXR8 production so it’s going out in a blaze of road-ripping glory.

Of course it is based on its Australian cousin Holden Commodore and has all the subtlety of an Aussie drinking an ice cold Fosters while turning a sanger on the barbie.

The tech boffins have managed to wring another 19bhp from the 6.2-litre supercharged V8 – now up to 587bhp.

There’s also a load more tech waffle to choke a donkey, limited slip diffs, torque vectoring and bigger brakes. Yawn.

It looks even more aggressive with new front fascia, front splitter and carbon fibre vents. At the rear this Sheila is even more tasty with new spoiler and quad tailpipes with diamond-shaped tips. I said tips. On the the inside there’s heaps of leather, mate.

The bad news is that the price kicks you in the goolies like an angry kangaroo. Only 15 versions of this car will make it to the UK at a cost of £74,500.

That’s almost 20 grand more than the standard VXR8 GTS and very close to the £79k Mercedes E63 AMG.

It’s far too much for a Vauxhall – even if it is the most powerful in history – and makes its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

But this thunder from Down Under is still a real cracker…

Phil Lanning