• Jan 28, 2009
General Motors' Opel division has been hard at work on a performance version of its hot new Insignia, the reigning European Car of the Year, and the first spy shot – probably snapped on someone's camera phone – has surfaced online. To be sold as the Vauxhall Insignia VXR in the UK and as the Opel Insignia OPC in Europe, the car is reported to have lapped the vaunted Nürburgring Nordschleife in a hair over eight minutes, which is a blistering fast time for a relatively large hatch.

The hot Insignia evidently wears big 20-inch wheels with concave dark spokes and chrome accents, wrapped in 255/35 R20 rubber and capped by bulging wheel arches. All four contact patches are in use to put down the anticipate 320 horsepower from the twin-turbo V6, while big air vents borrowed from the sharp-lookin' Opel GTC Concept help the drivetrain get the wind it needs. Hatchback, sedan and wagon variants are all expected to be part of the mix. We're hoping to see this bad boy in pre-production preview form this March at the Geneva Motor Show, with the full production version to follow in the Spring at the Frankfurt Auto Show. But more than that, we're quietly hoping to see it Stateside as the successor to the V8-powered Buick LaCrosse Super (known as the Allure in Canada due to a certain unsavory Quebecois slang conflict). We can hope, can't we?

[Source: EVO via AutoExpress]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Here, let me fix that for you... "we're quietly hoping to see it Stateside [in wagon form] as the successor to the V8-powered Buick LaCrosse Super."

      A 320-hp, twin-turbo, AWD Buick LaCrosse Super Touring with factory warranty would go a long way toward fixing all that is wrong with the universe. Or signal the beginning of the end of days.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM please listen to me. Just combine the Saturn and Pontiac brand in Opel for the North and South American markets. Trust me this will be good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I look foward to seeing this twin turbo V6 killer in GM's stateside showrooms too.

      Why buy a Bimmer when this GM product is available for hopefully a better price?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know it's going to be a Buick but I can't help but thinking Saturn Aura Red Line
      • 5 Years Ago
      If... when the Buick LaCrosse gets this powertrain not only will it be better looking than anything in it's class, it'll also be the best performing. If I were the Infiniti M or the Acura RL, I'd get back to the drawing board (especially Acura).

      I bet this will be the 3.0L DI V6 that was introduced recently. If that's the case, I'll be nice to see a RWD 350hp CTS!!!
      S7Abraham
      • 5 Years Ago
      IT'S AN IMPALA why don't anyone see this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Next Regal Super ftw.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At the very least, I hope the powertrain and AWD make it into the new 9-5.

      Looks great thus far. TTs is a nice touch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like a good competitor to the soon-to-be 2010 Taurus SHO with it's EcoBoost 3.5L V6 making at least 355hp. It's a good thing the Opel is AWD too. I heard their last overpowered FWD was an understeering pig.
      • 5 Years Ago
      320hp Saturn/Opel/Vauxhall thingy. All crap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LaCrosse, hahaha!

      is it RWD?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Another 'souped up' gas guzzler. Useless.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Max, can you please wander back over to autoblogGREEN? kthxbye.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They are referring to the new LaCrosse that was just introduced, it rides on the same platform as the Opel Insignia. Both cars can be had with AWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That would be sick. Honestly, I like this car better than the Malibu due to higher quality and slicker styling. If this was the next Chevrolet Malibu, I wouldn't mind seeing an SS; even if this doesn't cross the pond as-is, I would really like to see this in the Buick LaCrosse as the Super!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The La Crosse/Insignia is built off the same platform as the next Malibu. So, you should get your wish.
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