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Vauxhall Insignia VXR raises the bar

  • Has a 321bhp V6 engine
  • Four-wheel drive as standard
  • Bodykit and 19-inch alloys
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Vauxhall's Insignia range will get a powerful flagship model when the VXR version goes on sale this autumn.

With a 2.8-litre V6 engine generating a thumping 321bhp, along with four-wheel drive and a muscular makeover, the VXR is a match for premium rivals such as the Audi S4.

Deep bumpers, vertical front air intakes, a tailgate spoiler and distinctive 19-inch alloy wheels set the tone for a high-performance car that's been developed through an extensive test programme at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany.

As well as revised suspension settings and a lower ride height than the Insignia SRi, the VXR gets a new 'HiPerStrut' (high performance strut) front suspension system. This works in tandem with four-wheel drive and an electronic limited-slip differential to maximise traction and grip, and minimise the effect of a strong surge of power to the car's steering and handling.

There's plenty of power, too, thanks to a 321bhp 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine. The VXR delivers 64bhp more than the standard Insignia V6: Vauxhall claims a 0-60mph time of 5.8 seconds with a top speed limited to 155mph.

The interior has bespoke instruments, steering wheel and gearknob, along with VXR sill plates and black headlining.

The VXR will be available in all three Insignia bodstyles - hatchback, saloon and Sports Tourer estate. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but are likely to be around 30,000.