On July 19, Mark Adams, Opel Design’s Vice President announced that the GSi badge will be returning to one of their current models. Initially, you would think that it would be an Astra GSi. But the company unexpectedly revealed that it would be an Insignia GSi, which looks even sharper and sportier than it already is as the standard model. The company has also released a teaser photo of the car dressed in red.
The GSi variant is not an all-out performance variant. However, it does come with a handful of upgrades ranging from the design, suspension, brakes, to the interior. On the outside, the five-door GSi looks significantly different from the standard model with the new bumpers with larger intakes, a set of 20-inch wheels, stylish rear spoiler, red brake calipers, and a sportier side skirt.
2018 Opel Insignia GSi’s cabin will be equipped with state-of-the-art sports seats that will ensure support and comfort over long distance driving, according to Opel. Similar with the range topping model of the standard Insignia, the GSi’s front seats offer ventilation, heating and massage functions, as well as adjustable side bolsters. Customers can customize the interior with the choice of two exclusive leather upholsteries, with the GSi emblem of course.
The company also compares the GSi variant to the Insignia OPC. Apparently, the former can perform better than the latter at the Nurburgring, but a lap time has not been provided to prove this statement just yet. However, it is possible because the current range topper comes with a smaller, 260-horsepower four-cylinder turbo engine, compared to the OPC’s V6. Furthermore, sources claim that the Insignia GSi will weigh less than the OPC at 353 pounds (160 kilograms). Overall, it has a lower suspension, therefore giving it a lower center of gravity, plus it has more grip thanks to an all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring.
Volker Strycek, Director of Performance Cars and Motorsport, confirmed that the Insignia GSi is definitely quicker during one lap of the Nurburgring than the previous generation Insignia OPC. Thanks to all the factors involved including low weight, low center of gravity, high power, strong traction, and easy handling. All these combined are what makes the GSi go so fast around the Nurburgring. That being said, we are still going to wait for the GSi’s Nurburgring lap time to be announced before making a judgment.
This September, we will be able to witness the Opel Insignia GSi as it makes its very first appearance at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. And in October, the debut will be followed by a market launch. The company also plans to give it a diesel variant for 2018.