Vauxhall Insignia VXR, or Opel Insignia OPC as it is called
outside of the UK, is the latest model from Vauxhall/Opel
to undergo the performance treatment.
The Insignia VXR is powered by a 2.8-litre V6 Turbo ECOTEC
engine, with a twin-scroll turbocharger, variable valve control,
a micro-alloy forged steel crank, classic 60-degree cylinder
angle and die-cast alloy oil sump. This advanced engine manages
to produce 325 horsepower and is capable of getting the car
to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. The top speed is an electronically
limited 155 mph.
The Insignia VXR / OPC sends the power to all four wheels
an adaptive 4X4 system with electronic Limited Slip Differential
The chassis was developed through extensive testing at the
Nurburgring and features performance components throughout
which aid performance and handling. The ride height has been
reduced by 10mm over the Insignia SRi, and a new 'HiPerStrut'
system was developed for the front suspension system. The
HiPerStrut system is unique to the VXR and serves two primary
functions: firstly, to reduce torque-steer, but also to maintain
negative camber during cornering, thereby improving ultimate
grip levels in wet or dry conditions.
19 inch wheels are fitted all round, with lightweight 20 inch
wheels offered as a cost option. The braking is handled by
Brembo units and vented/cross-drilled discs.
The exterior design of the Insignia VXR / OPC is intended
to subtly suggest the performance potential of the vehicle.
Up front is a deeper bumper which incorporates distinctive,
twin mesh grilles either side of the main grille. At the rear
the hatch and saloon models gain a rear spoiler, while all
Insignia VXR/OPCs feature a bespoke bumper moulding incorporating
dual matt chrome exhausts.
The interior also features some performance touches including
Recaro sports seats, a stylish sports steering wheel, new gear knob, and new instrument graphics.
Similar and related vehicles:
Opel Insignia Concept
Vauxhall VX220 Turbo
Vauxhall Monaro VXR