The Vauxhall pick-up that’s faster than a supercar
The monstrous Vauxhall VXR Maloo pick-up truck is no normal load-lugger, instead Vauxhall has given it the VXR performance treatment usually reserved for the likes of the new Vauxhall Astra VXR and Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring launched this year.
This means a new 6.2-litre V8 431PS engine has been installed in the truck resulting in a 0-62mph time of just 4.9 seconds.
Decked out in eye-catching yellow body work and featuring gaping vents on the bonnet, the performance pick-up took to the track in the recent Super Car Class at the Cholmondley Pageant of Power.
It clocked a time of 72.82 seconds around the 1.2-mile course, beating the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette and Lexus LFA despite the extra weight it carries.
Simon Hucknall, Vauxhall’s PR manager, said: “The Maloo raised a few eyebrows, its best time within a second of the Mercedes SLS-AMG.”
The Vauxhall VXR Maloo will go on sale in the UK at Perrys Vauxhall dealerships from a little over £51,000 and alongside the extra power, the car also gets executive levels of equipment including full leather interior, Bluetooth, launch control and g-force displays.
The two-seat VXR Maloo is not expected to be a big seller in the UK, but it will be one of the rarer ‘supercars’ available to buy.
At the other end of the scale, the Pageant of Power also saw a demonstration of the European Car of the Year-winning Vauxhall Ampera, an extended-range electric vehicle offering upwards of 230mpg thanks to a frugal electric-petrol powertrain.