, the S’spower delivery is exceptionally linear, with a huge slug of torque availablefrom very low down in the rev range; but push the engine towards its redline andthere’s no let up in the car’s performance, just a seamless streamof power.

Outside, both Bathurst’s are instantlyrecognisable by their distinctive graphic packs, front fog light covers and‘Bathurst’ badges (only the addition of a discreet ‘S’badge reveals the supercharged model’s extra 141PS), while inside aconsole-mounted badge showing the car’s build number complements the‘Walkinshaw Performance’ tread plates found inside each dooropening.

Putting icing on the cake for serious driversis the option of the new Bi-Modal Exhaust, which is available on both Bathurstmodels. Raising power by up to 10PS, the ingenious system allows drivers toselect one of two noise settings: ‘Street’, with an upper limit of92dbA, or ‘Optimum’ , which releases the LS3 V8’s full 102dbA.The two-and-a-half inch diameter system is manufactured from stainless steelwith unique chrome tail-pipe finishers and costs £1600.

Both Bathurst models retain the VXR8’sstandard colour palette, and can also be specified with optional 20” alloyrims at £1500. List price for the Bathurst Edition is £37,995 –just £2757 above the standard VXR8 – while the Bathurst S costs£44,995.

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MSRP: £44,995
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