Vauxhall has unveiled the high performance Insignia VXR SuperSport, touted as the replacement for 325PS Insignia VXR. The Insignia VXR SuperSport could achieve a top speed of 170 mph, compared to its predecessor’s 155 mph. Despite being faster, the Insignia VXR SuperSport is £3,760 cheaper than its predecessor, as it boasts a price tag of £29,995.
The new vehicle has a reputation of being the fastest production car in the United Kingdom that costs less than £30,000, beating newcomers like the BMW 135i M Sport. Unbound by a speed limiter, the SuperSport achieves Insignia VXR's true performance potential. The SuperSport is endowed with visual identifiers like blue ‘Brembo' lettering on its front brake calipers and additional increments on its speedometer, offering hints on its dynamic speedy performance.
While the SuperSport set speed benchmarks for the next generation of vehicles, it was not the first Vauxhall vehicle to do so. More than a century ago, Vauxhall unveiled Britain's first sports car, the C10 ‘Prince Henry' followed by the legendary 30-98, UK’s first production car that topped 100 mph. To provide a guarantee that the 30-98 that they were buying had been tested at the ‘ton' on the Brooklands circuit in Weybridge, Vauxhall's engineers gave customers a certificate.
Vauxhall’s speed tradition failed to die with time, and the carmaker was able to build the world's fastest production saloon car in 1989 – the iconic Lotus Carlton that could achieve top speed of 176 mph. Vauxhall’s current vehicle lineup does carry real speed, as the VXR Maloo is currently the fastest, officially-imported light commercial vehicle in UK, with the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155 mph.