2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport now with AWD and torque vectoring

Article by Christian A., on January 18, 2017

The 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport, one of the newest members of the all- wheel drive set-up, is set to hit the roads this winter. Opel’s latest flagship model has yet to have its official public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. But it seems the introduction of an all-wheel drive system will stir up excitement even more.

Having been introduced late last year, its engineers were quick enough to install a GKN Twinster AWD into the midsize sedan. Instead of placing a differential, Opel used a newly developed AWD arrangement with rear drive module and dual clutch system altogether.

Even so, the new Opel Insignia Grand Sport with all-wheel- drive is just as beautiful as its front wheel drive counterpart. At least now, you have more choices of variants to choose from. This new model is also a great alternative if you’re considering other AWD vehicles just like Ford Mondeo’s intelligent all-wheel drive as well as Volkswagen Passat’s 4MOTION technology.

Going back to the subject, the Twinster AWD impresses with its highly responsive torque vectoring control. The unit is able to send torque independently either at the rear wheels or to one wheel whenever it is necessary. This improves handling and provides better cornering especially during this time of the year.

Regardless, the Grand Sport is probably one of the safest choices of vehicle in any type of weather. The use of torque vectoring will work on any road or driving condition whether it’s icy, snowy, rainy, damp or totally dry.

According to William F. Bertagni, VP for GM’s European vehicle engineering division, since the torque vectoring transmits power to the road, the new Grand Sport’s AWD would be known for its fun-to-drive capabilities --- just like what the best AWDs in the industry have to offer.

For sporty driving, the system software is designed to deliver more torque to the outside rear wheel. That said, the Twinster AWD speeds up the rotation surrounding the vertical axis for optimum response. All the same, the Yaw damper can be adjusted from high mode or Sport Mode which is the opposite.

Expect the 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport to be out in the showrooms early this year. It may arrive soon after its official launch this coming March in Geneva. Based on some leaked photos, we’re also anticipating the arrival of Opel’s brand new wagon sooner or later and it should be more or less a Sports Tourer variant. Or maybe, an “Opel Performance Center” for the segment would be good as well. Let’s wait and see!

Press Release

Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive for New Opel Insignia

Midsize cars offering an especially engaging driving experience are mostly found at premium brands, but when the all-new Opel Insignia Grand Sport hits the market in early 2017, enthusiastic drivers will need to adjust their orientation

The new Insignia will be available with a state-of-the-art torque vectoring all-wheel drive system that delivers the highest levels of dynamics, feel and handling on the market.

“The new generation Opel Insignia sets new benchmarks for midsize automobiles” says William F. Bertagni, Vice President Vehicle Engineering Europe. “Torque vectoring represents the state-of-the-art in transmitting power to the road. The new Insignia with torque vectoring all-wheel drive matches the best in the industry when it comes to ‘fun-to-drive’.”

All-wheel drive and torque vectoring is the best way to put high power onto the road – be it wet, dry, icy or covered in snow.

But the additional weight and complexity of conventional torque vectoring systems prevent them from meeting Opel’s high standards for performance and efficiency.

The new Opel Insignia therefore utilizes a Twinster all-wheel drive system with a rear drive module that uses a twin clutch system without differential.

The Insignia’s all-wheel drive system can apply torque to one or both of the rear wheels independently, enabling torque vectoring capability across the car’s full performance range.

When cornering, higher torque is sent to the outside rear wheel, inducing rotation around the vertical axis (yaw) – the Insignia turns in with more precision, responding more spontaneously to inputs from the driver.

Torque vectoring also contributes to safety by controlling the distribution of torque according to changes in throttle position, steering angle and road surface, thus damping the amount of yaw. This intelligent use of torque distribution – also known as “yaw damping” – results in neutral vehicle behaviour, making the car more stable and steerable for the driver.

New Insignia drivers can choose the amount of yaw damping to suit their driving style by selecting the appropriate driving mode: from high yaw damping in “Tour” to low in “Sport”, for sportier vehicle behavior.

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