All is not well at Opel and Vauxhall. Sales have dropped dramatically, and as a result Vauxhall and its parent company Opel are terminating all 1600 of its dealer franchises, with only some allowed to reapply to continue selling cars from the now PSA-owned brands.
From an enthusiast’s perspective too, Vauxhall just isn’t as exciting as it was - it appears as though the hot VXR brand (or OPC on Opel-badged cars) is being quietly killed off in favour of the new ‘warm’ GSi line of models. Thankfully, the used market has plenty of answers.
Just take this 2010 Insignia VXR), for example. New, the VXR version of the Insignia didn’t quite pass muster compared to more exciting rivals, but after a little depreciation, they make for an enticing used buy. The one we’re looking at today is £8490, and is one of many under the £10,000 mark.
For that, you’re getting a 2.8-litre twin-turbo V6 which develops 321bhp, fed to all four wheels. 0-62mph is done and dusted in 5.7 seconds, and it’ll top out at 165mph. No 155mph electronic speed limit nonsense going on here.
Our classifieds pick is leggier than we’d like with 93,000 miles on the clock, but it does have a full service history and was recently treated to a new clutch. It looks great in black, especially sitting on those alloy wheels that look remarkably like the rims Bugatti fits to its Chiron hypercar….