The Holden Insignia VXR all-wheel-drive, turbocharged sedan will arrive in dealers next month priced at $51,990 plus on-road costs.
This means Holden’s new German-made sports sedan is about $8000 cheaper than it was when it wore Opel Insignia OPC badges here, between September 2012 and August 2013, before GM’s Euro brand pulled the pin in Australia.
At present at least, the Insignia VXR Sports Tourer wagon is off the table for Australia.
The $51,990 pricetag puts the VXR sedan among the company’s priciest Commodores, which is larger and locally-made. The V8-powered Commodore SS-V Redline costs $52,490 in manual guise, while the 6.0-litre V8 Calais V costs $53,990 as an auto.
Updated since, but fundamentally the same car, the Insignia VXR still comes with a 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 engine pumping out 239kW and 435Nm, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission sending power to the road via an all-wheel-drive system that couples the rear axle via a Haldex-style clutch.
Standard equipment includes Adaptive Forward Lighting, Blind Spot Alert and FlexRide Suspension. There are three driving modes — Standard, Sport and VXR — that adjust the accelerator and gear change responses, steering weight, suspension firmness and tweak the rear bias of the AWD system.
Reflecting the VXR’s place as a range headliner, there are three Holden firsts fitted: Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto Emergency Braking (autonomous braking at low speeds) and a Lane Change Alert system with a rearward range of 70 metres.
This iteration also offers a next-generation MyLink infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen display, and a premium audio system with seven speakers.
Holden executive director of sales Peter Keley called the Insignia VXR an “exciting and fitting addition to the Holden range”.
“It is further evidence that Holden is serious about our future product strategy. Insignia VXR is a very exciting taste of things to come,” he added.
As we know, Holden will take up to one-third of all its future models from its European Opel/Vauxhall sister brand within the wider GM empire.
CarAdvice will attend the launch of the VXR next month and will bring you more images (including of the cabin, missing here) and a review.