VX STAR TURBOCHARGED ALL-WHEEL DRIVE SPORTS SEDAN
THIS car appears to have flown under the radar.
Several people noticed the Holden badge and wanted to know what it was?
Bigger than a Cruze but smaller than Commodore, the all-wheel drive Insignia VXR is a German designed and built sports sedan.
Priced from $51,990, it was originally launched with an Opel badge on the front and is in fact a replacement model for the Vectra that was sold here a decade ago.
At 4.8 metres it’s larger than a Vectra but still significantly smaller than Commodore, with a wheelbase that’s almost 18cm shorter.
Wheelbase is the distance between axles and determines the amount of rear legroom in a car and to a less extent, the boot size.
Legroom in the back of Insignia isn’t great but if you don’t need a large car, it’s an attractive, featurepacked proposition, with plenty to offer including premium sound, eight-inch display screen, adjustable damping, adaptive lighting and blind spot alert.
It also sees the debut for Holden of three new technologies – adaptive cruise, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking.
The latter will step in and do the job if a crash is imminent and you have not responded quickly enough – it’s not guaranteed but it will probably save costly rear enders.
NUTS AND BOLTS
WHAT goes around comes around.
If the words 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 sound familiar, that’s because they are.
This engine is a version of the unit that once powered Saabs (remember them), along with the allwheel drive system that is also a lift.
In this case the turbo delivers a hefty 239kW of power and 435Nm of torque, the latter from a low 2000 revs.
The engine is paired with a 6speed auto, complete with wheelmounted change paddles.
WHAT YOU GET
HOLDEN describes Insignia VXR is a “no holds barred” mid-size sports sedan that is as at home on track as on the open road.
It still has the old style front grille which is a plus as far as we’re concerned, with a cabin decked out to match its beefy looks.
There’s heated, power adjust Re-
Back ... the Holden Insignia VXR.