Holden has launched its new Insignia VXR, an Aussie reincarnation of the Opel Insignia OPC, on ice at the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground in New Zealand. The performance sedan features a 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 producing 239kW of power and 435Nm of torque, with a six-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels via a constantly-variable centre differential.

V8 Supercar champ and vehicle ambassador, James Courtney, was at the launch in New Zealand to see just what the AWD sedan was capable of.


“Ice driving has been an awesome experience and I am really impressed with what the Insignia VXR is capable of doing,” he said. “It’s an exciting and engaging drive experience with a great AWD system that provides fantastic traction and ensures all 239 kilowatts of power are delivered to the driven wheels. This is a genuine performance mid-size sedan that combines power, an amazing amount of technology and stunning looks.”

The car is equipped with electronically-adjustable ‘FlexRide’ suspension, which provides the driver with a choice of three different chassis modes. In the performance oriented ‘VXR’ mode, the damper’s bump and rebound settings are stiffer, while throttle and steering is more responsive. Standard and Sport modes are also available.


To counteract the sedan’s power, 355mm front and 315mm rear Brembo brakes are standard, along with a 50:50 torque split between front and rear wheels. This can increase to 100 per cent rear bias depending on the drive mode and conditions. The rear end features ‘virtual’ electronic limited-slip, a system that can increase torque on the outside wheel and improve handling.

The Insignia VXR will come standard with all the fruit you can expect from a German built car. The feature list includes satellite navigation, heated Recaro bucket seats, reversing camera, dual-zone climate control, bi-xenon headlamps, keyless ignition and Holden’s MyLink infotainment system.  Separate from the domestic German Opel Insignia model, the local Holden will sport adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking and lane change alert.


The new Holden Insignia VXR certainly fares well on the spec-sheet, and priced at $51,990 (excluding on-roads) the car is very competitive in its class.  Still, the performance sedan is $9000 more expensive than the higher powered Commodore SS, and if you’re caught between which one to buy, now might be the best time to purchase the locally built performance sedan before they are all gone.

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