Cutting through the gloom around Holden this week is welcome news from the UK that Brit HSV buyers will soon be able to include the powerhouse HSV Clubsport R8 Wagon on their shopping lists.
Vauxhall’s VXR division is planning to add the 'Clubbie' wagon to its VXR8 range this month.
The Tourer wagon will complement the sedan and ute body styles already wearing the VXR8 badge and already on sale in the UK.
Powered by the same 6.2 litre V8 currently available in the sedan and ute, Vauxhall makes the proud claim that the new wagon – called the VXR8 Tourer - is “the most powerful estate car in our 110 year history”.
The wagon will naturally be available with either a six speed manual or six speed auto transmission.
Priced at 49,500 UK pounds (about $73,082), it's a near match in relative terms to our own HSV Clubsport R8 Tourer, available for around $72,000.
Vauxhall also claims that the VXR8 Tourer is the largest wagon by load volume currently available in the UK and “one of the world’s most powerful wagons”.
The wagon comes with all of the goodies that the owner of a new HSV Clubsport R8 Tourer can expect.
However, the Brits score a much better deal with their new vehicle warranty scheme which covers the vehicles first owner for “life” (the entire time that they own the vehicle), up to a maximum of 100,000 miles (160,000 km).
And, relating to other news this week from Holden, what does the English motoring press have to say about that high Aussie dollar damaging Australia's manufacturing?
Here's Matt Saunders on AutoCar:
"Thanks to the dollar-pound exchange rate, a car that was once a sensationally good buy in the UK has become a bit-part player.
"With the financial climate being as it is, however, we should celebrate the fact that Vauxhall is offering the VXR8 at all; that a handful of people every year will get to take delivery of a car with such a uniquely engaging character.
"Pricey it may be, but this is still a fantastic and fast alternative."