Replacing the Insignia VXR as Vauxhall’s performance model in the large family car segment is the £29,995 Insignia VXR SuperSport, a car that the Luton-based firm says is the fastest and most powerful in Britain under £30k (RM147k). What’s interesting is the SuperSport has a higher top speed than the model it replaces, yet costs almost £4k (RM19.6k) less.

A 325 PS twin-scroll turbocharged 2.8 litre ECOTEC V6 allows 100 km/h to be reached from a standstill in 5.6 seconds and an unlimited max speed of a little over 270 km/h (24 km/h faster than its predecessor). A micro-alloy forged steel crank, variable valve control and a die-cast alloy sump are among the engine’s features.

The SuperSport’s adaptive all-wheel drive chassis is fitted with HiPerStrut front suspension which maintains negative camber. Vauxhall’s adaptive damping system, called FlexRide, is standard, and comes with a VXR setting to enhance controllability at high speeds.

Elsewhere, blue ‘Brembo’ lettering on its front brake callipers and additional increments on its speedometer hint subtly at the car’s sporting intentions.

Vauxhall is no stranger to performance – its 30/98 model of over eight decades ago was Britain’s first 100 mph (160 km/h) production car, while the monstrous Lotus Carlton of 1989 was once the fastest production saloon in the world, with a top speed of over 280 km/h.

In more recent times, the VXR Maloo stands as the country’s fastest officially-imported light commercial vehicle, with a century sprint time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h.