Refreshed Insignia VXR, spied in Germany, could be joined by a hotter version
Mark Tisshaw
17 August 2012

Vauxhall is weighing up the possibility of launching an Insignia saloon with as much as 400bhp as a flagship for its VXR performance brand.

Although far from a production certainty, it is understood Vauxhall is keen to push the Insignia VXR’s 2.8-litre V6 engine to close to its maximum output and give the car a series of comprehensive engineering changes to afford it some serious performance credibility.

The standard Insignia VXR will get its own cosmetic update in a year’s time. The rest of the Insignia range is due both styling and engineering changes at the same time.



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17 August 2012

But how manty of these have Vauxhall sold to private customers, and is there a market for an even more powerful one? Ford cant seem to make a case for a hot Mondeo, so how can Vauxhall for a hot Insignia.

17 August 2012

whilst i think its great Vauxhall have this in their range, they are the only non premium maker left in europe selling a V6 and manual box in anything at all. But the whole 'VXR' treatment is so over the top its very offputting. Add to that the weight of the thing, including the 4 wheel drive needed to deal with all the power and torque, and its not as quick as you would hope a car with this much power would be. 

They also need to do some 'magic' with the CO2 numbers. Its very hard to justify running a car over 225g/km these days, and when Mercedes can sell you a V8 with twice the capacity that slips under this, surely there are some tricks to around the EU tests?

17 August 2012

That will make all the difference?,rarity, i think i've seen maybe 6 of them,shame really,but badge snobbery won't let them be recognized as a performance car.

Peter Cavellini.

17 August 2012

They can make a case for it as the engine will be used in other cars. I imagine the new Caddy ATS-V would use it. Possibly the next Buick Grand Regal... I think the Insignia VXR is a superb car. I would have to have it in a "normal" colour though. A bit too OTT in others.

This will make the non VXR V6 Turbo a bargain. The VXRs seem to hold value (relatively). The ones just underneath drop like stones.




17 August 2012

theres no wonder it doesnt sell in huge numbers with the price of road tax and running costs these days. what Vauxhall/Opel need to do is bring in a VXR'D/OPC'D with the bi turbo diesel engine, for me the VXR range look spot on its just the running costs that put most off.

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