Vauxhall has today released a high-performance replacement for the 325PS Insignia VXR that achieves 170mph â€“ 15mph more than its predecessor â€“ yet costs Â£3,760 less than the outgoing car at Â£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 Â£30,000, including market newcomers like the BMW 135i M Sport.
With no speed-limiter, the SuperSport realises the Insignia VXRâ€™s true performance potential, while visual identifiers like blue â€˜Bremboâ€™ lettering on its front brake callipers and additional increments on its speedometer offer subtle hints about the carâ€™s giant-slaying intent. But the SuperSport isnâ€™t the first Vauxhall to set speed benchmarks. More than a century ago, Vauxhall launched Britainâ€™s first sports car, the C10 â€˜Prince Henryâ€™, quickly followed by the UKâ€™s first 100mph production car, the iconic 30-98. Vauxhallâ€™s engineers even provided customers with a certificate to guarantee that the car had been tested at the â€˜tonâ€™ on the fearsome Brooklands circuit in Weybridge* (see pic).
Interestingly, Vauxhallâ€™s performance philosophy for the 30-98 was summed up as â€˜Superexcellentâ€™, making the SuperSport name a fitting nod to the past.
The tradition continued post-war, with the legendary Lotus Carlton becoming the worldâ€™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 countryâ€™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 Insigniaâ€™s adaptive all-wheel-drive chassis has never been put to better use. Fitted with Vauxhallâ€™s HiPerStrut front suspension, which maintains negative camber, improving grip levels in wet and dry, the SuperSportâ€™s handling is safe and rewarding for enthusiast drivers. FlexRide, Vauxhallâ€™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 Vauxhallâ€™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 â€“ 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 Vauxhallâ€™s approved VXR dealers.