Vauxhall has announced its new 2012 Insignia VXR SuperSport is to go on sale in the UK, with fans of high-spec, high performance vehicles likely to be queuing around the block at dealerships to get their hands on one.
Only a few exterior details distinguish the new VXR from the old model – a set of ‘Brembo’ stickers on the upgraded brake calipers and a few new instrument panels – but this unaffected demeanour belies one of the most important aspects of the new VXR – performance.
The 325 PS/321 bhp beast of a motor is powered by the manufacturer’s 2.8-litre V6 turbo ECOTEC engine and despite it delivering the same power output as the old model, Vauxhall has removed the limiter meaning top speed has risen by 15 mph.
It ensures acceleration from zero to 62 mph in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph, with the model benefitting from new HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) front suspension to maintain a negative camber to improve grip and driveability.
The engine’s micro-alloy forged steel crank, classic 60-degree cylinder angle and die-cast alloy sump – all features found in many racing engines – ensure drivers have stunning performance when they put the pedal to the metal, while a twin-scroll turbocharger and variable valve control give excellent throttle responsiveness.
Moreover, this staggering performance of the VXR also comes at very little cost – the price has come down by £3,760 to just £29,995 – with these impressive statistics making the new VXR the UK’s fastest production car for under £30,000.
The only real challenger that even comes close to matching the VXR’s value and speed is the similarly priced (£29,995) BMW 1 Series M135i, delivering faster acceleration from nought to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds, but limited to a top speed of 155 mph.
As a result, the new VXR is streets ahead of the competition when it comes to pace, while the vehicle’s FlexRide adaptive dampening and all-wheel drive systems ensure owners have maximum control even at high speed.
Remaining a family car at heart, the vehicle is spacious and offers day-to-day driveability for owners, but under the surface there lies a ravening beast of a powerhouse that ensures, should drivers choose to do so, they have the option to leave the family at home and simply take to the road and blast into hyperspace. Perhaps a trip to Germany’s autobahns would be a good choice for next year’s family vacation?
This latest offering comes in the wake of a long tradition of top sports cars from the manufacturer, with Vauxhall launching the UK’s first sports car – the C10 ‘Prince Harry’ – more than a century ago.
It was quickly followed by the iconic 30-98 – the first production vehicle to break the 100 mph top speed barrier – with Vauxhall even offering buyers a certificate to state that every model had been tested and was capable of achieving this stunning speed for the time at the historic Brooklands circuit.
Indeed, the new SuperSport makes a nod to the past with its name, as Vauxhall’s performance philosophy for the 30-98 was typified in the phrase “Superexcellent”.
As a result, the Insignia VXR SuperSport is the latest in a long line of high-quality performance vehicles for the manufacturer, with the UK’s love affair with speed and ultimate driveability ensuring the model is likely to go down well with buyers over the coming months and years.
The new Insignia VXR SuperSport is available to order now from the manufacturer and comes with Vauxhall’s Lifetime Warranty as standard.
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Posted by Mark Thompson
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