Opel Reveals Insignia GSi, Boasts 260 hp and AWD
OPel has revealed the new Opel Insignia GSi, which will to make its public debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
Described as “sports machine for connoisseurs,” the all new Insignia GSi features chassis with its very dynamic set-up and the particularly high level of grip, which in combination with all-wheel drive, ensures a rewarding driving experience as well as maximum safety. The car also manages a faster lap time at the Nurburgring, despite the fact the new model being less powerful by 69hp than the previous-gen Insignia OPC. One of the reasons is that the GSi is 160 kilograms lighter than a comparable Insignia OPC 2.8 V6 Turbo.
Under the hood is the an impressive 2.0-liter gasoline turbo engine that delivers 191 kW (260 hp) and develops generous torque of 400 Nm (NEDC fuel consumption: 11.2 liters per 100 km urban; 7.1 l/100 km extra-urban; 8.6 l/100 km combined; 197 g/km CO2). The four-cylinder unit is mated to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission with paddles shifters on the steering. The all new model also boasts specific shorter springs, adaptive dampers a set of bigger Brembo brakes, while the optional 20-inch alloys are wrapped with Michelin’s Pilot Sport 4 S tires.
Other noticeable features include the all-wheel drive with torque vectoring fitted as standard, which is unique in this segment. In this high-tech system a conventional differential on the rear axle is replaced by two clutches, which can accelerate each rear wheel individually in fractions of a second, depending on the driving situation. The driver can choose between Standard, Tour, Sport and a GSi-exclusive Competition mode.
Inside the GSi come equipped with the AGR-certified new sports seat developed by Opel, which provides increased lateral support as well as long-distance comfort. In addition, there’s a set of aluminum pedals and a flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in leather.