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    GMI Drives: Holden Insignia VXR

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    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!


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    No RWD hoonability......

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    Looks like it was a load of fun....








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    Re: GMI Drives: Holden Insignia VXR

    This really is a nice car. It's a shame the Regal GS isn't the full OPC kit. I would totally DD an AWD manual one!

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    Re: GMI Drives: Holden Insignia VXR

    Can you compare the 2.8T with a current 2.0T? I've often wondered why we don't get the 2.8 in the good old US of A. Could be a replacement for the 3.6.
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    Nice car, I wish it was able to gain more traction in the USA (Buick Regal that is).

    I love the Holden logo on the steering wheel.

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    Re: GMI Drives: Holden Insignia VXR

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerome View Post
    Can you compare the 2.8T with a current 2.0T? I've often wondered why we don't get the 2.8 in the good old US of A. Could be a replacement for the 3.6.
    Terrible fuel economy. The 3.0TT would be an ideal engine for the next GS...

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    Re: GMI Drives: Holden Insignia VXR

    What the Regal GS should have been from the get-go. Or at the minimum, this specification offered as a Regal GS-X. Yes, I know the V6 doesn't meet US emissions, yada, yada, yada.

    In the end, though, I suppose the price for such a car would be right there with the Chevrolet SS, and why would you choose the Buick over the Chevy then? Still, I imagine some are willing to pay more for the badge (and all wheel drive), but considering Buick car sales in general, maybe not.

    Mick, can you explain the comment in your negatives about no Tri Shield badge? Is that for Australia or am I just illustrating your point?
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    Top review Mick - thanks

    Great to see this car receiving praise for its drive. The Australian press more or less paints it as mediocre and nothing much to get excited about.

    I am sorely tempted, although I have to wonder where the Insignia badge will be in 18 months time when the new Commodore hits the streets. Will I be the custodian of yet another mid-size orphan from Holden? (Yes......guilty as charged with UC Torana, then-current JD Camira and Vectras JSII & ZC. I suppose the the thing they all had in common was me!)
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    Re: GMI Drives: Holden Insignia VXR

    Quote Originally Posted by mikmak View Post
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    Re: GMI Drives: Holden Insignia VXR

    If only the GS received a 300+ horsepower engine.....

    At least Ford is doing their Fusion Sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 91fairladyZ View Post
    Terrible fuel economy. The 3.0TT would be an ideal engine for the next GS...
    Fuel economy definitely isn't the Insignias strong suit compared with much more expensive options such as the Audi Quattro anything, but I managed around 27-28 USMPG most days on the highway. You can get cheaper mid size turbo sedans from Korea (Kia Optima GT which I pick up this month and the Sonata Turbo) but they don't have anywhere near the same level of competence.

    It doesn't have the kind of thirst people say it does. I found around town it would amble along and return respectable figures if you didn't keep mashing the throttle all the time. Unfortunately, when it comes to direct comparison with the 2.0 Turbo, we don't get that engine here in the Insignia/Regal or the Malibu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajun G8 View Post
    What the Regal GS should have been from the get-go. Or at the minimum, this specification offered as a Regal GS-X. Yes, I know the V6 doesn't meet US emissions, yada, yada, yada.

    In the end, though, I suppose the price for such a car would be right there with the Chevrolet SS, and why would you choose the Buick over the Chevy then? Still, I imagine some are willing to pay more for the badge (and all wheel drive), but considering Buick car sales in general, maybe not.

    Mick, can you explain the comment in your negatives about no Tri Shield badge? Is that for Australia or am I just illustrating your point?
    Pretty much what you said already. Buick is producing some nice cars.

    They're really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdwa76 View Post
    Top review Mick - thanks

    Great to see this car receiving praise for its drive. The Australian press more or less paints it as mediocre and nothing much to get excited about.

    I am sorely tempted, although I have to wonder where the Insignia badge will be in 18 months time when the new Commodore hits the streets. Will I be the custodian of yet another mid-size orphan from Holden? (Yes......guilty as charged with UC Torana, then-current JD Camira and Vectras JSII & ZC. I suppose the the thing they all had in common was me!)
    I'm a Vectra fan. A JSII GL Olympic Edition 5M 2.2 sedan was my previous car and when I passed it on, it had done 285,000kms. over 200,000 of them were under my demanding size 13 feet. It was a handy car to punt around and to learn about limitations, feedback and control. I almost followed up with a ZC but had more babies so needed a wagon.

    It's kind of ironic that the ZC was killed off because the price of a CDXI was .....about 50k! And that was too close to an SS.

    This is the same problem that the Insignia has.

    The boggle is that everyone with 50 k burning a hole in their pocket will compare the two. Even my original review was a comparison against a VF SSV that went for 17 minutes. It also had shoddy editing and too many swear words so I cut this version with a sole focus on the product itself.

    In isolation it's a well sorted, slightly ornery luxo slingshot laden with technology, big brakes and snug recaro seats.

    In comparison to the SSV V8 it's underpowered, low on torque, slow off the line and not roomy enough.

    By the look of your history though, I'm pretty confident that you would LOVE the Insignia. Take one for a drive. It doesn't cost anything. I'd like to hear your thoughts on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Amphibian View Post
    If only the GS received a 300+ horsepower engine.....

    At least Ford is doing their Fusion Sport.
    The Insignia is about more than the engine IMO, though I'm not familiar with the full spec of the Regal. Does it come with Brembos (they make a massive difference), HiPerStrut, Flexride and the Haldex eLSD pairing?
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    Re: GMI Drives: Holden Insignia VXR

    Its funny mate that's exactly the way I pictured the Insignias strengths to be... it's highway cruiser that lets its hair down and has some fun when you want it too. You're right its not an SS replacement nor is it some lightweight stripped out racer... which is exactly why some have had trouble shoehorning it into a category and hence some of the reviews.

    It does what Holden wants it to do... offers an alternate to the Commodore and says "look at the tech and spec" we can offer up now.

    Thanks for a review that probably best finds its niche and rated it that way!

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