The Vauxhall VXR lineups is far and away one of the most feared lineups that GM offers, and that lineup has been undergoing some aesthetic changes lately. The latest of these changes hits the Insignia VXR SuperSport , which is regularly known as "UK’s fastest car under £30,000." Well, it not only retains that title through an increase top speed, but it also gets a nice revision for the end of the 2013 model year.
Available in its traditional hatchback and Sports Tourer variants, the new Insignia VXR gets a nice refresh to its front and rear fascias to help add a little extra style and aggression to the model. Not that it needs the aggressive look to scare most cars its size off of the road, but it certainly helps.
Unfortunately, this late-model-year refresh involve mostly just aesthetics, but then again, with 325PS (320 horsepower) under its hood, it’s all good.
We’ll Vauxhall reveal all of the Insignia VXR Supersport’s information at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 12th.
[Click past the jump to read the full review on the 2013 Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport.]
The late-2013 Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport comes in two flavors: hatchback or Sport Tourer. The big differences for this revision are the new front and rear fascias. Up front, the VXR SuperSprt still bears the trademark "saber-tooth" look, but with a restyled grille that is highlighted by only one crossbar instead of two, a rounder lower-central air intake and a;; new headlights that are more streamlined than the ones they replace.
Around back, the VXR SuperSport retains the integrated dual exhaust, but gains a new set of taillights that wrap around a prominent rear appliqué. This gives the back end a touch of class while retaining the aggressive look that any Vauxhall VXR requires.
Though Vauxhall didn’t unveil any images of the VXR SuperSport, it did let us in on some important changes. It features an all-new instrument panel and center console design that includes an 8-touchscreen, three-dimensional navi and voice control. Also added in for this revision is optional Bluetooth Internet connectivity.
Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes
Under the relatively unimposing hood of this Vauxhall sits a 2.8-liter ECOTEC V-6 turbocharged powerplant that delivers an outrageous 325 PS (320 horsepower) and 435 Nm (321 pound-feet) of torque to all four wheels. This is good for a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 5.9 seconds in its hatchback form with a manual transmission and 6.1 seconds in a manual-equipped Sports Tourer. All four variants hit a top speed of 170 mph — up 15 mph from the earlier model.
The VXR SuperSport’s rear suspension system is also heavily revised, as 60 percent of its components are all-new. Up front, it carries the same HiPerStruts as the earlier model and new ESP software helps keep the sporty VXR glued to the track. Lastly, the FlexRide active suspension helps adjust the suspension’s firmness based on the driving style.
|Engine||2.8i 24v ECOTEC-V6 Turbo||2.8i 24v ECOTEC-V6 Turbo|
|Output (Horsepower @ RPM)||320 @ 5,250||320 @ 5,250|
|Torque (Ft-Lbs at RPM)||321 @ 5,250||321 @ 5,250|
|Standard Transmission||Six-Speed Manual||Six-Speed Manual|
|Acceleration (0-60 MPH) (Manual/Automatic)||5.9 Sec / TBA||6.1 Sec / TBA|
|Top Speed (Manual/Automatic)||170 MPH / TBA||170 MPH / TBA|
Vauxhall has the new VXR SuperSport ready for order, but no delivery dates have been announced. The hatchback variant checks in at £29,749 OTR ($46,107) and the Sport Tourer is priced at £31,049 ($48,122).
The Audi S4 Avant is likely the closest thing to the Insignia VXR SuperSport Sports Tourer over in the UK, as its 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine puts down 333 PS (328 horsepower) and 440 Nm (325 pound-feet) of torque. Where the S4 gets the Vauxhall is its 0-to-60 time, as the short gearing and quattro AWD system on the Audi sprints it to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds.
Gallery Audi S4
Available in both hath and estate, the xRS is significantly cheaper than the Vauxhall, but also significantly less powerful. It checks in with a 1,984 cc four-pot with 220 PS (217 horsepower) and 350 Nm (258 pound-feet) of torque. This is good for a 6.9-second run to 62 mph in its estate setup with a manual gearbox (7.1 seconds with an auto) and a 6.8-second run to 62 mph in its hatchback setup with a manual box (6.9 seconds with an automatic).
Gallery Skoda Octavia vRS
The Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport is on bad S.O.B. It is not just fast with its 170 mph top speed, but it is also lightning quick for its size and the refreshed outward appearance is a welcome sight. We’re sure its revised interior will knock your socks off too. We’ll find out when it makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 12th.
Gallery Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport
NEW 170MPH VAUXHALL TAKES BOW AT FRANKFURT
Insignia’s performance flagship benefits from latest revisions to new range
Luton – With a top speed of 170mph and power output of 325PS, the new Insignia VXR SuperSport remains the UK’s fastest car you can buy under £30,000.
Now benefiting from a raft of design and chassis revisions which have been made across the entire Insignia range, the new Insignia VXR SuperSport will receive its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show (September 12-22).
As before, the SuperSport is available as either a Hatch or Sports Tourer, but externally both models have received a re-styled front and rear, with signature VXR design elements such as distinctive ‘saber-tooth’ detailing at the front and the tailpipe trim integrated into the rear valence.
The SuperSport’s adaptive all-wheel-drive chassis has also been improved, with around 60 per cent of the car’s rear suspension components receiving revisions, while the car’s front HiPerStruts – which prevent geometry changes during hard cornering – remain an innovative feature in this class.
Complementing this, are modifications to the ESP software for even more precise handling and control of understeer, and upgrades to the damper software as part of the SuperSport’s FlexRide adaptive damping system.
In addition, NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness) behaviour has been fine-tuned to achieve greater refinement for occupants, enhancing the SuperSport’s credentials as one of the UK’s best-value performance saloon cars.
With six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel-drive, the new Insignia VXR SuperSport reaches 60mph from zero in just 5.9 seconds (6.1 seconds for Sports Tourer) and on to a top speed of 170mph. Its drivetrain incorporates an electronically controlled 4x4 system, operating on Haldex principles and an electronic limited-slip differential. It constantly adapts to prevailing road conditions and varies torque distribution seamlessly between the front and rear axles, as well as between the rear wheels.
Other important changes to the Insignia VXR SuperSport range include an all-new instrument panel and central console design, which incorporates optional Bluetooth-operated internet connectivity, an 8-inch touchscreen, 3D navigation and voice control. DAB is standard across the SuperSport range.
The Insignia VXR SuperSport is available to order now, and starts at £29,749 OTR for the Hatch and £31,049 for the Sports Tourer.