Yes, this Vauxhall Insignia VXR is the Opel Insignia OPC and it comes packing and ready for the competition.
First off is the new adaptive 4-wheel drive system with an electronic limited slip differential, which provides the Insignia OPC...sorry, the VXR, with plenty of grip and a smooth transfer of power from the drivetrain to the bespoke chassis to the road. The chassis was developed with testing at the Nurburgring track in Germany and lets the VXR sit 10 millimeters lower than the SRi Insignia. The HiPerStrut front suspension keeps torque-steer down and pushes the load back to maintain cornering grip in both wet and dry conditions.
Under the hood is a 2.8 liter V6 single, twin-scroll turbocharged ECOTEC engine with 325 hp that does 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 5.8 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Torque ratings have not yet been released.
The Insignia VXR comes dressed in 19-inch wheels on the outside, with 20-inch rims an option. Inside the cabin are Recaro seats at the front, VXR gearshift and steering wheel, as well as other VXR specialty labels and moldings that add an exclusive feel to the interior.
The Insignia VXR will come as a 4-door sedan, 5-door hatch or Sports Tourer model.
Pricing details are not yet available.
So, let the British feel good that the Vauxhall marque is still around. Sure, go ahead.
[UPDATE] Opel Insignia OPC to debut at Barcelona Motor Show on May 7, 2009 with market launch this fall. Opel photos and press release have been added.