• May 20, 2009
Click above for a hi-res gallery of the Vauxhall Insignia VXR Sports Tourer

No more spy shots. GM has formally unveiled the Vauxhall Insignia VXR Sports Tourer (a.k.a. the Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer on the other side of the Chunnel). By now, you're probably seen the specs, but we'll go over them again for the sake of being complete. 325 horses are corralled in the 2.8-liter turbo V6 underhood. Yep, that's a six-speed stick you see in the attached photo gallery, and both all-wheel drive and eLSD are standard. Stopping power is supplied by Brembo, the seats are by Recaro, and the overall appearance is liberally sprinkled with awesome. All told, the whole package is good for a zero-to-60 run in six seconds flat, which has us dreaming of this car, in this color, wearing the Buick Tri-Shield up front. Maybe Grand National badges on the fenders, too. Okay, it's more like a pipe dream, but let us have our fun. The PR joins an official video after the jump.






PRESS RELEASE:

NEW INSIGNIA VXR SPORTS TOURER PACKS POWER, POISE AND ALL YOUR PARAPHERNALIA

* Fastest ever Vauxhall estate with 6-second 0-60 time
* 1530-litre load capability combined with Adaptive 4x4 chassis and 325 horsepower
* Third and final body style to be offered in Insignia VXR spec

Luton – With 10,000 kilometres of gruelling validation at the world's most fearsome and demanding test track now under their belt, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR hatch and saloon are set to raise the bar in their sector with a heady mix of high performance, practicality and sophisticated dynamics.

And now, adding even greater versatility to the range, Vauxhall can confirm that the Insignia VXR Sports Tourer will be the third body style to join the line up and will be available in UK dealerships this autumn, after enduring the same rigorous testing at the notorious Nürburgring Circuit.

Combining all the technical highlights of the VXR hatch and saloon with best in class-matching luggage capacity (rear seats up), the VXR Sports Tourer is not only the fastest estate car Vauxhall has ever produced, but also the first to incorporate Adaptive 4x4 and an electronic limited slip differential (eLSD).

Like its saloon and hatch siblings, the VXR Sports Tourer sits 10 millimetres lower than the regular Sports Tourer, and features the unique HiPerStrut system, which reduces torque-steer and maintains negative camber during cornering, thereby improving wet and dry grip levels.

Complementing these features are standard 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch lightweight forged alloys are a cost option) with bespoke tyres, revised bushing and damper settings on both axles, and Brembo brakes with colour-keyed callipers and vented/cross-drilled discs.

And with 325PS, the Brembos are a must. Using a modified version of the 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 engine that's standard in the Insignia Elite model, the Sports Tourer VXR will hit 60mph from zero in 6.0 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph.

Inside, the Sports Tourer's performance credentials are laid bare, with its front Recaro seats, VXR steering wheel and gearknob, as well as different instrument graphics, VXR sill plates and black headlining.

But where the VXR Sports Tourer really scores is in its versatility. With 540-litres of load space with the 40:60 split rear seats up, the SportsTourer matches the best in class. Drop the 40:60 split rear seats and you have a maximum load volume of 1530-litres.

Accessing this area has never been easier, thanks to the Sports Tourer VXR's standard electronic tailgate, which can be operated off the driver's key fob, or via a rotary knob on the inside of the driver's door. Using these functions, not only can the opening height of the tailgate be restricted, but it can also be pre-set at a lower level if you frequently park in a garage with a low ceiling.

Deeper bumpers, front mesh grilles and dual matt chrome exhausts are among the Sports Tourer VXR's visual armoury, complemented by a colour palette comprising Arden Blue, Power Red, Carbon Flash Black (pictured), Silver Lake, Olympic White and Technical Grey.

'The Insignia VXR Sports Tourer will be a compelling alternative for buyers in the premium sector who may currently be considering an Audi S4 Avant or BMW 335i M Sport Touring,' said Andy Gilson, Vauxhall's Marketing Director. 'We've already seen a swing to the Insignia from premium buyers who'd never before ticked the Vauxhall box on their wish list, and we expect to see the same buying pattern emerge with all versions of the Insignia VXR.'

Prices for the Insignia VXR range will be announced early summer.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      GORGEOUS.

      Hope it handles as well as it looks. I remember a Top Gear review of the Astra VXR and the handling wasn't its strong point.
      Christopher
      • 5 Years Ago
      okay i could see this as a buick sure, but i just don't see grand national or gnx being applied to it. those names should be reserved for a sporty buick coupe if another one ever comes to production.

      automobile enthusiats who consider themselves purists whine about front wheel drive because rear drive is better for dynamic handling traits in a car and a decent rear driver is probably "more fun" to drive than a good front driver. nobody else::sheeple from those scion ads perhaps ;-):: apparently cares as most of the least exciting cars on the market sell by the assload.

      aversion to hatches and wagons and stickshifts i also just don't get. i'm only passable at it at best but rowing your own gears does make for a more involving and fun exp. i've driven a regular manual transmission, and admit that i would though like to try something like vw's dsg tranny. from what i've read of it and what i've basically been told it comes across as working like a stick just with an automated clutch. i think cars like the mazda 3, saturn astra, and vw gti look good as hatches and i would consider owning a sporty hatch even if i would prefer a rear driver. i have no aversion to wagons but quite frankly don't need one
      • 5 Years Ago
      good looking car. i'm not in the market to get a new car but it looks as good as my ex 35.
      i could easily see a black one and a white one staring each other down in front of the ren cen.
      i sort of wish gm would bring over all their european cars - you know, rebadge them ONE time to buick and move on from there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did Opel just turn chinese and steel the Audi A6 avant's tail. Still a great looking Buick GN potential that I would consider...
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I were looking for a wagon, I'd buy this in a heartbeat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rear looks like an audi Q5. only lower
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn that's pretty. Shame about the FWD.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've never ridden in ANY Saab and liked it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I whine about FWD mainly because of the reason stated: the steering feels terrible (and notably, if you have enough power for decent fun, then torque steer is generally a problem). Forcing the same pair of wheels to do both the steering and the motivation is folly. The best-tuned FWD chassis is simply adequate... the best-tuned RWD chassis is harmonic bliss. I've owned both and driven many of both, and no FWD setup has ever satisfied my need for connection with the machine. A mild amount of understeer is acceptable for safety reasons, but FWD cars are usually overwhelmed with it.

        Wagons/hatchbacks rule IMO, and automatics are for the lazy and uninterested. I'm American and not (at least I think) atypical.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you've ever ridden in a Saab with XWD-and liked it, you'd probably be impressed with Opel's cars with AWD. (so I've heard)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Apologies... I should have said FWD-based. I've never driven a transverse engine setup with which I was satisfied. Steering feel usually sucks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's AWD...
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is a slick wagon, both inside and outside! Buick Regal GNX Touring, anyone?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully this portends to be the basic underpinnings of 2011 Saab 9-5 Sportcombi in Aero form. Even Opel is conceding that the 2010 9-5, loosely based on this chassis -- but very much fortified and altered -- is substantially better than the Insignia. If so, I'll have another Saab in my garage. This is what GM should have been doing some time ago rather than giving the American market the shaft year after year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      want one
      maybe even more than the CTS wagon
      now please
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe more then a CTS wagon??

        You joking right.

        The CTS wagon has NOTHING on this. Period. Wont even consider it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life

        The Insignia not only has AWD, but also has a 6MT- the CTS is auto only, which pretty much ruins it for me
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ligor,

        If the Handling is that important for you, you will end up in a BMW...not a Cadillac!
        • 5 Years Ago
        you forget, the CTS wagon is RWD baised and will likely outhandle this Opel (for me that counts a lot)

        and I love the CTS front end, the rear on the wagon needs help to really make it the hottest wagon around IMO
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree that Buick needs this yesterday. All I think of when I hear Buick is "old people." Even more so than Cadillac. Cadillac has broken away from that stereotype more so than Buick has in recent years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Buick Wildcat Estate? Invicta Sportwagon? LaCrosse Tourer?

      this would surely increase showroom flow and publicity for Buick/GM USA.
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