Quite a few of you ask me at the weekend about what the VXR was like to drive...so here goes, I'll try and explain.
Having driven a few cars in my time (mostly not mine I might add) the comparisons I have a very few, nothing in it's price range would touch it. Coming straight off a Vectra B GSi (2.5 V6) it simply leaves it standing in all departments.
Engine is soo smooth and the power is fantastic. Build quality is soo much better than my former Vauxhalls.
The weekend was my first long trip (800 miles) and without my wee one in the back, I was able to give the car some stick on the way home.
Motorways are boring, but a part of life unfortunately, with the full length of the M6 ahead of us yesterday, the car ate it all up in no time...cruise control was on after the Blackpool turnoff and we were eating in a pub in Carisle at 7pm (I left PVS at 3ish).
After crossing the border it was the M74 for a few more miles then the A70 back home....if anybody knows the A70 to Ayr it's not the straightest of roads or the smoothest but it is one of the quietest!
I usually do M74 to Mauchline (via the A70/B743) in around 40 minutes....last night it was 25! The road was clear for virtually the whole way and I did give it a little, no scrub that a tonne of stick (all within limits I might add ).
You really need to drive one of these hard to fully appreciate what they are all about.
The Grip was unreal, I mean totally unreal, with the sport button on the CDC was working overtime with the state of the road but the car was just gripping like mad. I have never driven so hard/fast through the twisty's.
Forth is the gear, from 30 limits to on the limit, I rarely had to worry about what gear I was in to get the exit power out of any turns....it's just there. 5th and 6th are just for the long straights for when 4th runs out of puff (which I belive is well into the 3 figures ;>).
Paul was beside me and himself for the last part of the journey home...and he even said he felt safe at all time due to the smoothness of the car (and the driving of course )
By the way the average mpg was 28.7 over the whole journey, I reckon the last 40 miles or so didn't help.
So I haven't driven any other Vectra C hard in my time but at a guess, I don't think it could live up to what I found out last night...and that was i love this car!
PS. Big Phil if you reading this get looking for one now!! You will not be disappointed.