Cope might give you the impression that you will find the car's limits relatively easily and quickly.
The first thing we noticed about the Vauxhall Insignia VXR - the most powerful Insignia model - is that it is a real head turner. Obviously the exterior revisions made to the VXR have done the trick.
The Vauxhall Insignia VXR sits on lower springs than its standard stable mate, and features revisions such as a stiffer suspension, larger wheels and chrome trim, giving it a sleeker profile.
That impression is not betrayed by the Vauxhall Insignia VXR's 2.8i ECOTEC engine, mated to an automatic six-speed gearbox, producing 325PS, with a single, twin-scroll turbocharger and variable valve control, providing quick throttle responses with a 0-62 mph time of 6.3 seconds and an electronically limited top end speed of 155mph.
Being a VXR, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR has undertaken its own stringent test programme conducted around the Nurburgring circuit, having seen over 10,000 kilometres pass under its wheels. The idea behind this being to put the VXR's powertrain under much more stress than normal road driving ever would and according to Vauxhall's engineers, 18 times more stress. So no matter how aggressive your driving style, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR should cope.
How It Drove - Ride and Handling
"Cope" might give you the impression that you will find the car's limits relatively easily and quickly. Not so; having put the car through its paces on the road, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR enjoys every straight, every corner and every heavy foot you can throw at it.
With the Vauxhall Insignia VXR's stiffened suspension comes a firmer ride, but that is to be expected, and the car communicates every part of the road's surface back to the driver. Through the corners the car holds the road confidently; the steering is direct, precise and predictable.
The Vauxhall Insignia VXR features an all-wheel drive system Adaptive 4x4, which constantly receives updates from three sensors, the Body Control Module (BCM), Engine Control Unit (ECU) and the Electronic Stability Program (ESP). This system analyses the information and distributes torque to the four wheels, as required.
This distribution is taken care of by an electronically controlled Limited Slip Differential (eLSD). The eLSD electronically controls the distribution of torque between the left and right rear wheels, transferring rear axle torque to the wheel that has the most grip. While offering better traction in slippery conditions, the operation of the Adaptive 4x4 can improve stability in all situations.
The Vauxhall Insignia's Adaptive 4x4 system not only helps out in tricky safety situations, but it also detects when no external conditions require intervention, such as travelling on a motorway. In this case the system switches off the rear-wheel drive system relying solely on front-wheel drive in order to reduce fuel consumption.
Vauxhall Insignia Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Vauxhall Insignia VXR 2.8i 24v V6 Turbo|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||6.3 Seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph (Electronically limited)|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||37.7 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 star|
|Warranty||Lifetime / 100000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 17/03/11)||£37,565|