#V6TECHNOCAT brings new world tech to olde world shouty turbo goodness
27 April 2016
The VXR is the only model in the Holden Insignia lineup, which is rather closely related to the Opel Insignia OPC from a few years ago. This time around there is new tech in the form of the latest MyLink system and an 8 inch multi-function display which replaces most of the conventional dials. It also Apple Carplay and Android Auto (which I didn't even notice because I was having too much fun driving!).
There are a number of trinkets to lure tech buyers, but really this is the type of car that should attract people who like to take the long road home, or enjoy the occasional weekend away scaring the wildlife on back country tarmac.
This is the ideal car for disillusioned Saab drivers, especially since it's basically an updated 9-3 Turbo-X! It even has all of the Generals best smart suspension tricks: HiPerStruts, Flex-ride and the 4th gen Haldex AWD system and eLSD.
If you want to tease yourself, leave it in VXR mode. The off idle burble, stiffened magnetically controlled suspension and harder gear changes corrupt you in no time at all, just like the OPC did.
I hope the next generation will still have a splash of this character when it rolls around sometime next year. Braaap!
Tech (adaptive Suspension, smart head lights, RADAR Cruise just to name the headliners!)
Seats (Recaro buckets with 3-memory)
Regular Service fixed price $229! (up to 90,000 kms)
They say 57k driveaway but I bet you can get away with less than 50
No Tri-Shield badge
Whomever engineered the Climate Control touch panel is a sociopath
Drinks Premium 98 (though not as fast as a V8)
Not as fast as a V8
No RWD hoonability......
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