The new Vauxhall Insignia 2.8T 4X4 VXR has the kind of performance that can shake your fillings lose. Power comes courtesy of the 320hp V6 engine that propels the VXR, and its dentally challenged occupants, to 60mph in only 5.8 seconds. Top speed is 155mph which is remarkable for what is essentially a five seater family holdall.
As well as teeth shattering performance the Insignia 2.8T 4X4 VXR's handling is impressive. This is partly due to this four-wheel drive vehicle's FlexRide system. This allows the driver to change the handling characteristics to pre-defined configurations. For example, in standard the Insignia is both competent and relaxing. Switch to sport to stiffen the suspension, then to VXR to sharpen the steering, increase throttle response, and stiffen the ride further.
This FlexRide system is commendable as it allows the Insignia VXR to be all things to all people. It can snort down the road like a wild-eyed tearaway then, at the flick of a switch, become a relaxing motorway cruiser. Pretty impressive stuff, especially as this exhilarating performance and noteworthy composure are reminiscent of the legendary 180mph Vauxhall Lotus Carlton.
Further incentives to buy the Insignia VXR include its comprehensive specification. This includes VXR exterior/interior styling, the limited slip differential, automatic headlights, and rain sensing wipers. Options include the eight-way electrically adjustable leather seats and 20” alloys that are so vast they may have been inspired by a tractor tyre.
The Vauxhall Insignia 2.8T 4X4 VXR is listed in Motoring.co.uk's new car database from £32,290. Granted, this is a lot of money for the marque and you could certainly buy a more prestigious vehicle for the price - but this machine is proof that Vauxhall can still make a highly credible performance car. Long live the Insignia VXR.