Would have made a killer Pontiac G6 GXP...
Would have made a killer Pontiac G6 GXP...
What is happening to the GM that grew up with for these many decades? If I could I would institute a hostile take over and kick the entire board and executives out and fill the positions with creative minds under the age of 35.
Mate, that was a sublime car. Not as sharp a handler as the JSII, but still well sorted front to rear. Steering was quicker than the JSII, perhaps a little lighter at parking speeds but it weighted up well at speed. I never expereienced any torque steer, even with 300nm going through the front wheels. The ride was disciplined, compliant and supremely comfortable. The Aisin transmission was a smooth and quick shifter. I loved the tap-shift gate and mostly used that for downshifts when overtaking - maybe dropping down one gear too many just to get that V6 growl.
Those Vectras are still in my heart and mind. So yeah, I'd probably love the 'Sig. Better go and drive one then. I'll tell them you sent me Mick
Haha. Have at it! Keep in mind that it's not the quietest car on the road. But for me that's part of the charm. You can hear and feel what is going on. Also, the paddle shifters work well in this and it will hold gears how ever you tell it to, so don't blame it when you go in to a corner and forget to downshift. I may have done that once or twice. Likewise exiting a corner and still in second 200 m down the road. If you find the shifts too harsh, just leave it in normal mode. That is by far the most comfortable set up. I typically leave it in sport, unless I need an alibi, in which case I press the VXR button and punish my self.
Regals do have everything about which you inquired, except that Active 4x4 is optional. The GS comes in a trio of formats: sedan FWD/manual, sedan FWD/automatic, sedan AWD/automatic. Really, the main difference between Buick's version versus OPC/VXR versions is the engine, that and AWD is optional. Granted I don't know that a VXR is much quicker than an Aurion 3.5L setting aside AWD traction differences, but in NA markets a 259 horsepower 2.0T just isn't sufficient in a performance version, even if it costs much less compared to VXR/OPC versions. By comparison, a Regal GS with AWD starts at 37,000 USD while a 2017 Fusion Sport (325 horsepower 2.7TT with AWD) will start at ~34,000 USD. That said, your point is completely accurate that these aren't sedans centered on power, so I fully expect a Regal GS AWD will have better dynamics on some level. I don't mean to just make it about output, just that Buick could've been more competitive by having a superior engine choice. I would like to have more confidence that Opel will have another OPC version to continue this lineage globally, but I wouldn't be surprised somehow if they didn't. Just seems to be the trend among such sedans.
I'm surprised Holden still keep Insignias in their press fleet.
Same with the current Astra.
BTW, I hear the Gliwice plant are ready to start production of the new Holden Astra.
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I didn't realise they had ended imports. That's a shame but I'm not sure they knew what to do with it. Even worse, those sale numbers will justify not bringing in a performance variant next time.
All I was doing was thinking seriously about the Insignia. Honest. The drive is booked this week.
And I've killed it. Another mid-size Holden bites the dust. Because. Of. Me.
And the Astra? Yep, Owned a 2009 SRi 2.2 (schmick little one, that one).
And a 2014 Cruze SRiZ 1.6T.
Do you think Holden is gonna send the cops over to dig up my floorboards and look for any other evidence related to the death of its mid-sizers (and small cars, too by the looks of things). I mean I would gladly have ended the Epica and annihilated the Apollo but I never even turned a key in either.
Is it my fault Holden is ending manufacturing?????
It's a tragedy. Then again maybe mid sizers just don't suit their customer base.
Actually midsizers in general are bombing right now.
I notice they are now offering its little brother the VXR Astra for for $37,990 drive away now, really loved that car despite it looking old on the inside.
I think the VXR Astra should have been pushed a little harder, but how do you advertise performance in Australia without getting banned? Hence we get a bunch of drones buzzing around somewhat aimlessly.
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