Although motorists can opt for a Ford Focus RS or an ST if they fancy buying a performance car, other options are on offer.
Writing in his blog for the Daily Mirror, Richard Hammond reveals that Vauxhall has launched its own "firebreather" in terms of the Insignia Sports Tourer VXR.
The Top Gear presenter indicates that the vehicle will be the "fastest estate" ever made by Vauxhall, with its substantial power coming via a 325 brake horsepower turbocharged V6 engine.
This engine allows motorists to be able to reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour, while accelerating from still to 60 miles per hour in a rapid six seconds.
Motorists can choose between fitting the vehicle with either 19-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels, while the suspension has been lowered by ten millimetres which, according to Mr Hammond, "lowers the centre of gravity and therefore reduces body roll".
Vauxhall states that the vehicle is set to "raise the bar" in its sector thanks to its mix of "high performance, practicality and sophisticated dynamics".