Vauxhall’s Insignia VXR SuperSport will hit 170mph and cost just £29,995
7 November 2012

Vauxhall is relaunching its range-topping Insignia VXR as the most affordable car to boast a supercar-rivalling 170mph top speed. Badged ‘Insignia VXR SuperSport’, its top speed is boosted by the removal of the speed limiter, which adds 15mph to its V-max.

At the same time, Vauxhall is slashing nearly £4000 off the Insignia VXR’s price by dropping it to £29,995.

There are no direct rivals to the VXR SuperSport as no other relatively affordable four-door saloon boasts a supercar-grade top speed. The Cayman S two-seater is the closest performance and price rival, with a 172mph top end and costing from £48,000. 

Four-seaters with a 170mph top speed are even thinner on the ground. Autocar’s favourite BMW M5 boasts a 155mph top speed in standard form, and a £73,000 price.

The VXR SuperSport is not the first time that Vauxhall has launched a sledgehammer performance saloon. In 1990, when Vauxhall parent GM also owned Lotus, it turned the rear-wheel-drive Carlton executive saloon into a 176mph super-saloon.

Power came from a 377bhp twin-turbo 3.6-litre straight six. It was priced at £48,000, making the VXR SuperSport look good value in comparison.

The VXR SuperSport is powered by a 2.8-litre V6 engine, which gets a forged steel crank and alloy sump. It is equipped with a single twin-scroll, turbocharger. 

The engine develops 320bhp and drives a torque-sensing all-wheel drive system. The car has adaptive damping and the sophisticated HiPer strut suspension at the front end in place of the conventional MacPherson struts fitted to mainstream Insignias. 

The SuperSport can sprint from zero to 60mph in just 5.6sec and is identified by the blue ‘Brembo’ lettering on the brake calipers and a recalibrated speedo.

Orders are being taken now at VXR dealerships.

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7 November 2012

The headline price is very attractive but the cost of spares will make your eyes water. I have it on good authority that front discs for this beast retail at £700 + vat, EACH!

PAA

7 November 2012

that is not Vauxhall's fault. Any performance car sports parts are ridiculously expensive. The point is that V is giving us a worthwhile performer at a great price. The question however is whether someone would choose it over a similarly priced BMW or Audi with less punch but more image.

8 November 2012

Hewgo wrote:

The headline price is very attractive but the cost of spares will make your eyes water. I have it on good authority that front discs for this beast retail at £700 + vat, EACH!

Perhaps you should try shopping around, as I've spent 30 seconds on google and found a PAIR for £152...

7 November 2012

It may be quicker but it doesn't handle or hold its value as well and reeks of Chavalier... I would rather have a year old M5 and I hate BMs

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507

7 November 2012

Low end quality combined with performance that won´t even match a 5 series Diesel. European automotive industry will be better off without Opel/Vauxhall/GM.

7 November 2012

When you look past the top speed figure it's not that amazing. Merc A45 AMG should cost about same and offers 350bhp in a lighter car

7 November 2012

All of a sudden we're getting supercar performance for mid-spec exec money, how?

Peter Cavellini.

7 November 2012

I have always liked the Insignia VXR but always thought it a little expensive.  The £4,000 that has been slashed is a good idea although I'm not sure this will lure prospective buyers to the marque.  Not many people are gonna spend 30K on a Vauxhall.  The increased top speed I feel is a marketing gimmick.  As Rob McSorley stated, he would rather have a used M5.  As much as I like the VXR, would I buy one new, hmmm, If I could negotiate another 4 or 5K off, then I could be tempted.  If not, I'd buy a used Jaguar XF SV8

7 November 2012

... you'll pick one up for £12k(!)

7 November 2012

Challenger440 wrote:

... you'll pick one up for £12k(!)

12k after 1 year. I think your crystal ball needs cleaning, you obviously know nothing about car prices!

 

 

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