VXR Vauxhalls have been a bit patchy in the past. Astra and Corsa – hairy fun. Meriva and Vectra – clunky overpowered pointlessness. But this summer’s 300bhp 4WD Insignia VXR could be a bit of a belter. Dunno if anyone will have the cash to buy it, but fun anyway.
Vauxhall isn’t releasing official details yet, but here’s what intel has come Foreman’s way. The engine is a turbo V6. To tame the traditional VXR waywardness, it gets a sophisticated 4WD system, and the option of 20-inch wheels with Brembo brakes. Inside, there are huge semi-racing Recaro seats.
The front and rear styling is surprisingly close to the Opel GTC Concept car (pictured), which is pretty horny. The wheels are exactly the same, too.
And underneath it all, the Insignia is a good car. Yes, a hot version goes right against the spirit of the age, and it’ll probably depreciate like a rock lobbed down a mineshaft. But what the heck, we’re secretly looking forward to it.