The Opel Insignia has landed in its latest foreign land, this time badged with a roaring lion. Holden announced the 2015 Insignia VXR will be arriving next month, marking the first time an all-wheel drive turbocharged sedan has ever been offered in the brand’s portfolio.
The 2015 Insignia VXR is the third of new Opel badged product to arrive in Oz, following the Holden Cascada convertible and Holden Astra. The 2015 Insignia VXR will sit as a range-topping performance offering for those looking for a true mid-size performance car.
Unlike the watered-down Buick Regal GS, the Holden Insignia VXR is the real deal. Power comes from a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6, partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission. 320 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque are sent to all four wheels, via the latest in all-wheel drive technology. The Insignia has a lot to live up to when calling it a Holden performance vehicle, but customers should find the VXR is more than capable.
Three performance settings will be able to control the power and all-wheel drive system. Those include standard, sport and VXR. VXR allows for greater throttle response, steering feel and even gives the all-wheel drive system a more rear-wheel bias for when you’re ready to hoon about.
Peter Keley, Executive Director of Sales, said Insignia VXR was an exciting and fitting addition to the Holden range.
“Performance and great to drive have always been part of Holden’s DNA. Add to this a German designed and engineered AWD performance sedan, loaded with equipment, and you have one very exciting vehicle,” Keley said.
“It is further evidence that Holden is serious about our future product strategy. Insignia VXR is a very exciting taste of things to come.”
The 2015 Insignia VXR also brings a few other Holden first with it, all the way from Russelsheim. Adaptive cruise control, Lane Change Alert and Auto Emergency Braking arrive standard alongside many other premium features, including the next-generation Holden MyLink system.
If there’s any Opel the Holden brand deserves, it’s this one.