More official details have been released regarding the new Vauxhall Insignia VXR Sports Tourer. The wagon does 0 - 60mph in 6 seconds but still offers 1,530 litres of space. It goes on sale in the UK this autumn.

The fastest ever Vauxhall estate car will be unleashed on a highly anticipating UK public this coming autumn. The Insignia VXR Sports Tourer seen in these pages is the complete real deal, nothing left to uncover except the price. That comes later with the official launch. Most other world markets will know it as the Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer.

Over 10,000 kilometres of testing was done to make sure the VXR Sports Tourer not only gets to grips with reliability very easily but that it performs beyond any normal estate when it comes to dynamics. Part of its extensive training was done at the Nurburgring Nordschleife where our spies snapped it a few times.

It's the first Vauxhall to use and Adaptive 4x4 system with an electronic limited slip differential. To improve handling further the car sits 10mm lower than the standard Insignia Sports Tourer. In regular trim it gets 19-inch alloys but there are 20s available at an extra cost. Brembo has supplied the colour-coded brakes that are fitted.

As far as performance is concerned the VXR Sports Tourer can run with the best of them and leave some in its wake. It has a 2.8-litre V6 engine with a turbo that spews out 325PS (239kW). The 0 - 60mph time is 6 seconds and top speed is a limited 155mph (249km/h).

Vauxhall gives potential buyers the option of one of six exterior colours, any of which should sit quite well with the deep bumpers, the front mesh grille and the dual matt chrome exhausts.

Inside there are Recaro seats, VXR still plates, different instrument graphics, a VXR steering wheel and gear shifter. Despite its sporty nature, the VXR also fits in with the image of family transport. The maximum load space with the rear seats dropped is 1,530 litres.

Vauxhall is confident that people who had previously only bought cars like the Audi S4 Avant and the BMW 335i M Sport Touring would seriously start considering getting into the Insignia VXR Sports Tourer.

[CORRECTION] Information edited to reflect V6 instead of V8 engine.

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