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    "Vectra" VXR goes Quattro

    Taken from Auto Express...

    Vectra VXR goes quattro
    All-new four-wheel-drive Vauxhall super-saloon is gunning for Audi

    Calling all performance car fans – Vauxhall is building a quattro!





    The firm is replacing its top-selling Vectra next year with an all-new family model called the Insignia, and this is the stunning flagship VXR version. What’s more, the performance variant is being tipped to give the Audi S4 a serious run for its money.

    It will usher in a raft of firsts for Vauxhall, with a choice of turbocharged V6 petrol or diesel engines, mated to a new four-wheel-drive system.

    Costing £25,000 and available in saloon, hatch and estate bodystyles, the Insignia VXR line-up will offer similar performance to Audi’s sporty A4 variants, but with more practicality – and at a fraction of the price.

    The new range makes its world debut at the British Motor Show in July, but top-spec VXR versions are still 18 months away. However, General Motors’ engineers are well advanced with the new cars’ development.

    One thing is for sure: they will be even more aggressive to look at than the current models. Our pictures, which are based on exclusive inside information (Ffoeg - AKA photoshop), show what buyers can expect from the saloon.

    Taking the striking look of the Insignia – which was previewed by the GTC concept at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year – the VXR version adds a meaty bodykit. At the front, the jutting nose gets a body-coloured V-shaped grille, complete with sporty mesh air intakes. The streamlined headlamps get black surrounds, while the ground-hugging front bumper has integral spotlights.

    The sporty feel continues in profile, with low side skirts, 19-inch alloy wheels and a sharply curved roof that flows down to a rakish tailgate.

    At the rear, a subtle bootlid spoiler and twin chrome exhausts finish the look. Inside, the cabin will draw its inspiration from the GTC, with deep-set dials backlit in red, a chunky three-spoke steering wheel and figure-
    hugging sports seats. As with the rest of the range, material quality will rival that of prestige marques.

    The Insignia is based on GM’s new Epsilon 2 platform, and it will be larger than the Vectra it replaces. As well as more space, the new chassis will bring other benefits, most notably improved driving dynamics. And each model will get a revised version of the current Vectra VXR’s electronic adaptive dampers, allowing a choice of Comfort or Sport settings.

    The big change, however, will be the introduction of an electronically controlled four-wheel-drive transmission. Debuted on the GTC, the new drivetrain can vary torque front to rear, and vice versa, according to which wheels have the most grip. It also incorporates a limited-slip differential to ensure maximum traction.

    And that’s just as well, because a 2.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine will power the flagship Insignia VXR. Eclipsing the current model’s 276bhp output, the newcomer will boast in excess of 300bhp – resulting in a 0-60mph time of only 5.5 seconds and a 165mph top speed. With the benefit of revised active suspension and all-wheel drive, it will be at home on twisty roads in a way that its unruly front-wheel-drive pre*decessor never was.

    As a significant amount of sales will go to company drivers, Vauxhall will also launch a 247bhp 2.9-litre V6 turbodiesel variant. Both models get a new six-speed manual box as stan*dard. Equipment will be impressive, with integrated sat-nav, hands-free telephone and audio technology.

    The Insignia also promises to be the first Vauxhall to get the new Traffic Assist System. This uses radar and video to scan the road ahead, and slows the car automatically if it senses that a collision is likely.



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    wow.

    I want one
    NOW - Sapphire Black 3dr Astra G

    THEN - Glacier White 2.0Di Estate - 136bhp 1.6 Pineapple Yellow Mk3 - Flame Red 2.0Di Van - Chianti Red 1.8 Coupe - Star Silver 2.2 Zafira - Flame Red 2.2 Linea Rossa Coupe - Titan Gold 1.8 Coupe

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    At £25k I'll have two

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    Lets hope it will handle as well as the S4!
    Coupe Turbo coming soon!

    www.westmidsonline.co.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKE BERTONE View Post
    At £25k I'll have two
    i think i'd just have the one, then a 2nd hand Monaro for weekends
    NOW - Sapphire Black 3dr Astra G

    THEN - Glacier White 2.0Di Estate - 136bhp 1.6 Pineapple Yellow Mk3 - Flame Red 2.0Di Van - Chianti Red 1.8 Coupe - Star Silver 2.2 Zafira - Flame Red 2.2 Linea Rossa Coupe - Titan Gold 1.8 Coupe

    9 Years, 7 Astras, 1 Zafira, No Regrets.

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    Is anyone else thinking photoshop?

    I can definatly see Corsa VXR and Meriva VXR in it plus the fact it looks like the offside tail pipe doesn't go anywhere! Anyone else?

    Plus insignia looks nothing like that. It looks more like a signum. Plus insignia is just a concept car at present.

    Even with my contacts I can't find a pic of a 4WD veccy and I know they exists albeit in mule and prototype form.

    jam
    Its a jam thing

    Haec credam a deo pio, a deo justo, a deo scito?



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    Quote Originally Posted by jam View Post
    Is anyone else thinking photoshop?
    Hence my comment in the article

    Auto Express are notorious for doing bodged photos, and have done some corkers in the past, but they are usually on the money with what they actually write

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    i hate all these new vxrs,

    they make me want to sell the gsi for any of the range

    looks stunning though

    just waiting for the 4 wheel drive astra
    Astra GSi Turbo
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    stunning!

    But the 4x4 astra will be more fun

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    Looks a hell of a lot like the 'New Calibra' that the released photo's of not too long ago
    Gaz

    No longer owns an Astra


    Bye bye VXR Castle Combe Edition - because it's done more laps of Castle Combe than most Bergs have of the Ring

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