Vauxhall has been tinkering with the Insignia VXR SuperSport, giving it some minor cosmetic and engineering tweaks in-line with the revised Insignia range due to arrive here in October. The 170mph super saloon will be unveiled alongside the Vauxhall Monza concept at the Frankfurt Motor show next month.
Available as either a hatchback or Sports Tourer, notable changes include a revised grill and headlights, while the distinctive VXR saber-tooth-like chrome air intakes in the bumper remain unchanged. Round the back, re-styled lights with chrome inserts complete the exterior changes, while the VXR tailpipes integrated into the rear bumper are left untouched.
Inside, new dials and redesigned centre console all feature. Bluetooth, Internet connectivity, and an eight-inch touchscreen with 3D navigation have been added.
While the cosmetic changes are limited, engineers have been busy modifying the adaptive all-wheel drive chassis. Around 60 per cent of the VXR’s rear suspension has been updated, with Vauxhall claiming a significant handling improvement.
Modifications to the ESP are claimed to dial out understeer, while upgrades to the damping are intended to give a more refined and comfortable ride.
The powertrain and gearboxes remain the same, with a 320bhp 2.8-litre V6 turbo engine, and either a six-speed automatic or manual gearbox, being your only option. Performance is brisk, with 0-60mph taking a claimed 5.9 seconds in the hatchback, or two-tenths later in the Sports Tourer, at 6.1 seconds.
Vauxhall adds that the VXR SuperSport remains the fastest production car you can buy in Britain for under £30,000, and is almost £9,000 cheaper than its closest rival, the Audi S4.
Orders books for the Insignia VXR SuperSport are now open, with prices starting at £29,749 for the hatch and £31,049 for the Sports Tourer.