Despite being less powerful than its predecessor, the latest Opel Insignia GSi proved it can run quicker by twelve seconds at the Green Hell. While not everyone was expecting this from the new sedan’s 260hp (193kW) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque, the new GSi proved itself to be much lighter and a more performance-focused version of the former OPC variant.
The new Opel Insignia GSi offers an updated version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and runs with an all-wheel drive system. To test its performance, Opel brought the sports sedan to Nurburgring with the help of Volker Strycek, a former DTM racecar driver and Director at Performance Cars and Motor Sport.
The result was beyond exceptional after the new GSi was able to outperform the old OPC variant on the tracks. It is rather unfortunate that Opel had not provided an official lap time but being 12 seconds faster is nonetheless pretty impressive and very promising.
Strycek reveals that it could be owed to the new GSi’s lightweight structure and excellent chassis configuration along with its improved hydraulic suspension and enhanced software. The results can speak for themselves, he said, adding that he’s able to drive away with the new Insignia GSi up to 12 seconds faster; though evidently, he's pushing the car throughout the entire process.
Other than the 260hp turbocharged powertrains, the new version is packed with a handful of performance features such as the intelligent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, and a set of 20-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires, including high performance Brembo brakes.
While it weighs less than the outgoing OPC model with more or less 160 kilograms to its advantage, the Insignia GSi has also put down lower horsepower. But despite the lack of horses, the midsize sedan only takes 7.9 seconds to run from zero to 62 mph (100km/h) before hitting the top speed of 144mph (231 km/h).
Outside, the Opel Insignia GSi has received some new sportier features such as new bumpers, wider grille, chrome air vents, rear spoiler and dual exhaust pipes with chrome tip. The performance look doesn’t end there since the interior is equipped with several performance-oriented features as well. Inside, the GSi emblem is present throughout the seats and boot lid while the rest of the interior shows aluminum sport pedals, leather sports steering wheel and integrated sports seats with leather upholstery and black ceiling for sportier look.
Opel offers the Insignia GSi with two engine options such as the 2.0-liter twin turbocharged diesel and the 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline. No official pricing has been provided yet but the new Opel Insignia will be open for orders sometime this October.