I've driven VXR8s inc the supercharged one several times but on only track (VXR promo events), never on the road.
I drive (and occasionally track) a Nissan 350z for reference, so am familiar with powerful rwd cars.
The VXR is a different animal. Its more powerful, heavier and I would say less forgiving than the 350z. It is easier (if thats possible) to provoke it into going sideways, infact on one track session it started raining and it was a wrestle to keep it going in a straight line, any hint of power out of a corner and you needed some opposite lock! When you have the traction control system on (as was always on in my sessions as it was a demo car) it is much less restrictive than the Z.
Fantastic car and brilliant fun, but I'm not sure I'd like to daily drive one, requires a lot of involvement in bad weather. But then again tracks can be pretty greasy in the rain so not a true reflection of road conditions.
why have a car you can't use to it's full potential ?
I ponder this about my 350z. However I do less than 7k miles in it a year (effectively a second car). I live in a place where I rarely encounter traffic jams. Yes there is no way I would use the performance on a daily basis, but every now and then on the road you hit a complete sweet spot in it, the noise of the engine, power out of the corner its just sublime - the same feeling as when you nail a downhill run on the MTB or beat your best time on strava. My insurance is only £300, tax £270 and it returns 27mpg petrol, so effectively it costs only a few hundred more to run than a boring diesel.
I would so go for it.... in ten years time cars like this will be outlawed socially and economically in this country.