Vauxhall Insignia VXR and Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer Unveiled

Tom Ludwick
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If you're a fan of fast wagons, you'll love the new Vauxhall Insignia VXR Sport Tourer and its "German" twin, the Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer. From what GM claims, this may be the fastest Vauxhall wagon ever built.

Like the already hot Insignia VXR sedan and hatchback, the Sport Tourer is powered by a 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6, which produces 325 hp. To put that power to the pavement, the VXR Sport Tourer employs an adaptive all-wheel-drive system with an electronic rear limited-slip differential (eLSD).

A selectable-ride suspension is standard equipment on the VXR Sport Tourer, allowing drivers to choose between three ride settings: standard, sport and a new high-performance setting. The latter is the stiffest,ensuring the least amount of body roll despite the wagon's high center of gravity.

To prove the wagon isn't all show and no go, Vauxhall is currently testing the car on the legendary Nürburgring track. In order to pass, it must travel 6214 miles around the 12.9-mile track, giving test drivers the opportunity to create plenty of quick lap times in the process.

Assuming the VXR Sport Tourer makes it through its punishing track test alive, it will be available in European dealerships later this year. Pity it won't be jumping the pond and into our North American hands...

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