Mike Stevens | May 21, 2009

We’ve seen the stunning sedan version of the 2009 Opel Insignia OPC and Vauxhall Insignia VXR, and now the Tourer (wagon) version has been unleashed upon the unsuspecting foaming-at-the-mouth European market.

With 400Nm of torque and 242 killer wasps buzzing furiously from the 2009 Vauxhall Insignia VXR Sports Tourer’s 2.8 litre twin-turbo V6 through the all-wheel-drive and eLSD systems, Vauxhall and Opel’s wagon is a little more than your average grocery hauler.

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Speaking of hauling, the VXR Sports Tourer will drag you to 100km/h in just 6 seconds, making it quicker than more than a few sports variants on the market.

“The Insignia VXR Sports Tourer will be a compelling alternative for buyers in the premium sector who may currently be considering an Audi S4 Avant or BMW 335i M Sport Touring,” said Andy Gilson, Vauxhall’s Marketing Director.

“We’ve already seen a swing to the Insignia from premium buyers who’d never before ticked the Vauxhall box on their wish list, and we expect to see the same buying pattern emerge with all versions of the Insignia VXR.”

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With braking by Brembo and a pair of Recaro pews up front, as well as the HiPerStrut torque-steer and camber management system, the VXR Sports Tourer ought to be as good for the weekend track warrior as it is for ferrying the kids to school.

At each corner rests a 19-inch alloy wheel – with 20-inch forged alloys available on the options list – in front of the big Brembo brakes and cross-drilled discs, all sitting on suspension 10mm lower than the regular Sports Tourer.

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Behind the Insignia VXR Sports Tourer’s electric tailgate lies a cavernous 1530 litres of storage with the 40:60 split rear seats laid flat, and 540 litres with the seats in place.

Now, Vauxhall’s hot wagon is obviously nice enough to look at, but will we see it succeed the Vectra in Australia? A quick chat with Holden’s National Media Manager Scott Whiffin indicated that while Holden won’t comment on unannounced future models, the likely answer at this point is ‘no’.

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