The XVR was designed by David Jones (the charismatic head of Vauxhall design during in the 1960s). The car featuring gullwing doors, pop-up headlights and all-independent suspension, the XVR's unique dash treatment was used to test reaction to ideas he had for the later Firenza.
The car is built on a custom chassis with all-independent suspension, disc brakes and a VX4/90 engine. In total three cars were made.
The VXR has made appearances at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.