Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport breaks cover

Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport
Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport

170 mph top speed.

Vauxhall has introduced the Insignia VXR SuperSport as a replacement for the current model. It costs 29,995 pounds and is 3,760 pounds more affordable than the outgoing model.

The new variant comes without the top speed limiter which allows the hot four-door sedan to reach 170 mph (273 km/h), representing a 15 mph (24 km/h) increase. Power is provided by a V6 2.8-liter engine with a single twin-scroll turbocharger, along with a forged steel crank and alloy sump. Output is rated at 320 hp (239 kW) and power is sent via a torque-sensing AWD system.

The Vauxhall VXR SuperSport rides on a HiPer strut front suspension with adaptive damping and can perform the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 5.6 seconds. Visual identifiers include a revised speedometer and blue “Brembo” lettering on the front brake calipers.

Vauxhall is already taking orders for the new model.

Source: Vauxhall
  • New 170mph Insignia VXR SuperSport replaces current Insignia VXR
  • Price undercuts previous model’s by nearly £4k, despite extra performance
  • Continues tradition of fast Vauxhalls, started with iconic 30-98 model in 1920s
  • AWD, FlexRide and Vauxhall Lifetime Warranty complete class-leading package

Luton – Vauxhall has today released a high-performance replacement for the 325PS Insignia VXR that achieves 170mph – 15mph more than its predecessor – yet costs £3,760 less than the outgoing car at £29,995.

Called the Insignia VXR SuperSport, the new car produces more power and achieves a higher top speed than any other UK production car costing less than £30,000, including market newcomers like the BMW 135i M Sport.

With no speed-limiter, the SuperSport realises the Insignia VXR’s true performance potential, while visual identifiers like blue ‘Brembo’ lettering on its front brake callipers and additional increments on its speedometer offer subtle hints about the car’s giant-slaying intent.

But the SuperSport isn’t the first Vauxhall to set speed benchmarks. More than a century ago, Vauxhall launched Britain’s first sports car, the C10 ‘Prince Henry’, quickly followed by the UK’s first 100mph production car, the iconic 30-98. Vauxhall’s engineers even provided customers with a certificate to guarantee that the car had been tested at the ‘ton’ on the fearsome Brooklands circuit in Weybridge* (see pic).

Interestingly, Vauxhall’s performance philosophy for the 30-98 was summed up as ‘Superexcellent’, making the SuperSport name a fitting nod to the past.

The tradition continued post-war, with the legendary Lotus Carlton becoming the world’s fastest production saloon car in 1989, with a top speed of 176mph. And even in the current line-up, the VXR Maloo is the country’s fastest, officially-imported light commercial vehicle, with a 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

With its new-found performance potential, the Insignia’s adaptive all-wheel-drive chassis has never been put to better use. Fitted with Vauxhall’s HiPerStrut front suspension, which maintains negative camber, improving grip levels in wet and dry, the SuperSport’s handling is safe and rewarding for enthusiast drivers. FlexRide, Vauxhall’s adaptive damping system, is also standard, and comes with a VXR setting for enhanced controllability at higher speeds.

At the heart of the VXR SuperSport is Vauxhall’s 2.8-litre V6 Turbo ECOTEC engine, with a micro-alloy forged steel crank, classic 60-degree cylinder angle and die-cast alloy sump – all features found in many a race engine. Producing 325PS, the engine uses a single, twin-scroll turbocharger and variable valve control for quick throttle response, and accelerates from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds.

Like all new Vauxhall passenger cars, the Insignia VXR SuperSport comes with Lifetime Warranty and is available to order now through Vauxhall’s approved VXR dealers.

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JonathanIppoli1 JonathanIppoli1
So what about giving us this model in the Buick version ? GM keeps cheating American buyers and this is bs although I heard that the Holden models will soon all have American sibblings .
Nov 11th, 2012 7:10am
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rare6499 rare6499
Pretty amazing. A four seater saloon that does 170mph for 30 grand!
Nov 7th, 2012 7:58pm
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This is no M5 but for less than half the money you get an amazing performer. I have driven an OPC once and it is not just a car with a poweful machine. It is seriously competitive in every aspect. Good job Opel.
Nov 7th, 2012 2:24pm
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DavidFlynn DavidFlynn
was it this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy4kPODqv58
Nov 7th, 2012 3:34pm
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Madness Madness
In all fairness, that was only fwd. The 4wd Insignia is worlds a part from that Vectra. The OPC/VXR is a fantastic car, and although I wouldn't compare it in anyway to the M5, it is a serious alternative to the 335i and the S4. Especially those who wish to differentiate themselves from the other sheep...
Nov 7th, 2012 4:42pm
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I take it you're joking right?
Nov 8th, 2012 7:20am
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