Earlier this week, Opel introduced us to their new biturbo four-cylinder 2.0 liter diesel engine which is already being used in the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer that was unveiled on September 7. At 4,000 rpm, it has the exact same output of 210 horsepower (154 kilowatts) an and a pretty generous maximum torque of 354 pound-feet (480 Newton-metres) attainable at 1,500 rpm.
The two-stage turbocharging diesel engine in the sporty midsize wagon from Opel can let the Insignia sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) in just 7.9 seconds before continuing to its top speed of 144 miles per hour (231 kilometers per hour).
If a powerful torque isn’t what you look for in a car, and instead prefer a smoother ride, you can always opt for the 2.0-liter gasoline engine from the hatchback revealed back in July, as this will also be available in the Sports Tourer. This engine has as much as 260 horsepower (191 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-metres) of torque. Not only does this make the Sport Tourer a much faster car as it can now complete the sprint in 7.5 seconds, but it will now achieve a top speed of 152 miles per hour (245 kilometers per hour).
Similar to the hatchback, the new wagon will have an eight-speed automatic transmission that gives power to the all wheel drive system with torque vectoring. In terms of suspension, it sits 10 millimeters (0.4 inches) lower than the regular Sports Tourer. Overall, it also adopts a slightly more aggressive style compared to its less practical counterpart.
The Insignia GSi Sports Tourer now comes equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels, an aggressive front apron, new side skirts, large Brembo brakes, a new rear bumper and a Competition driving mode that will be best for the drivers who are brave enough to switch off the traction control system. They can also manually shift gears now by using the paddles mounted at the steering wheel.
Inside the cabin, there will be a racy makeover with sports seats and a flat bottomed steering wheel. In terms of fuel economy, the diesel returns 38.7 mpg combined on the NEDC cycle, while the petrol engine delivers 32.5 mpg.
You will have the chance to see the Insignia GSi models at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show beginning next week. The two GSi models will be showcased along with the Vivaro Life and the Grandland X. Expect to see the Insignia GSi alongside the Grand Sport GSi in the UK in early 2018.