Vauxhall VX

16 Oct, 2006 1:00am

The Opel GT won't make it to the UK, say bosses

British performance fans should prepare themselves for a disappointment. Even though General Motors' 'global' sports car will make it to Europe badged the Opel GT, it won't be coming to the UK.

While bosses were originally keen to bring the two-seater GT here, Vauxhall can't make financial sense of converting the rear-wheel-drive model to right-hand drive and fitting Griffin badging. After taking into account promotional costs and the number of likely sales, they decided we Brits could do without it.

Instead, Vauxhall's VXR line-up will be bolstered next May when a replacement for the Monaro arrives. Based on the Australian-market Holden Commodore, and powered by a 362bhp 6.0-litre V8, the newcomer will be a real muscle car. The four-door body will make it more practical than its predecessor.

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