Opel Reveals Range-Topping Insignia GSi With 252HP

This is the new Opel Insignia GSi, the sportiest derivative of Opel’s mid-sized model, which is expected to make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine that makes 252hp (260PS) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque and is mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddles shifters on the steering.

Opel also points out that despite the new model being less powerful by 69hp than the previous-gen Insignia OPC, it still manages a faster lap time at the Nurburgring.

“It is this combination of low weight – especially on the front axle – low center of gravity, easy handling, high power over a wide rpm-band and best traction which makes the GSi so fast” said Volker Strycek, Opel’s Director Performance Cars & Motorsport. “That is pure efficiency. The high grip level is perfect for the Nordschleife and a fun-to-drive as well as safety advantage on public roads.”

One of the reasons is because the new Insignia GSi is 160kg lighter than the previous OPC version, courtesy of an all-new chassis. The new range-topper is wearing model-specific shorter springs, adaptive dampers and a set of bigger Brembo brakes. The optional 20-inch alloys are wrapped with Michelin’s Pilot Sport 4 S tires.

Another reason is the advanced all-wheel drive system that comes with torque vectoring for the rear axle, with Opel claiming that understeer is “almost banished” from the Insignia GSi’s handling. The driver can choose between Standard, Tour, Sport and a GSi-exclusive Competition mode, with the system tuning the dampers, steering, gearbox and accelerator pedal accordingly.

Inside the biggest difference are the new sports seats developed by Opel that are also AGR-certified. There is also a flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in leather, a set of aluminum pedals and a black roofliner to match the sporty character of the new Insignia GSi.

Opel hasn’t release any performance data of the new Insignia GSi yet, but they said that they are also working on a diesel version as well.

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  • Christian

    lol a GSi insignia..Never see that coming…. GSi is a Corsa thing.. 🙂

    For the Americans, the GSi was once Opel’s way to say HOT HATCH! 🙂

    • anonymous

      I do remember Vectra used to have GSi version in mid-1990s. Not the most interesting of cars, I know, but at least it got (some) performance.

    • uS’gedlemba

      LOL..GSi is a Corsa thing? Where have you been all along?

      • Christian

        Corsa D GSi was the last I remembered. I know they made the famous Astra and kredet GSi’s

    • Vassilis

      GSi isn’t a Corsa thing. It’s Opel’s light sporty version wih OPC being the more hardcore.

    • jarooo4

      GSi a Corsa thing? Well I think it’s most known because of Kadett E and Astra F…

  • Hot new yorker

    So. Pretty much that’s how Buick Regal GS is going to look like plus V6 engine.

  • Hot new yorker

    You can see pictures on ” motorauthority.com”

  • Christian
  • Deckard_Cain

    So no V6 engine for Europe. Well, that sucks.

    • haudit

      Europeans don’t buy V6 saloons from mainstream manufacturers in large enough numbers to make the investment worthwhile.

      • f1300

        Well, as a matter of fact -> they can’t. It’s not that Europeans don’t want a V6. Most don’t need that power and therefore choose smaller. If the GSi-Engine would have been a comparable V6 instead, it would give Opel basically the same amount of sales. But at much higher costs of production. So they most logically prefer to offer the cheaper version at the same price.

        • Thando_Gqabaza

          You can give me all the reasons , end of the day a V6 is just cooler.

          • f1300

            I have absolutely no doubt in that either. Unfortunately we are car enthusiasts, the majority of carbuyers are not. And those bring in the big money. We don’t (although every single one of us pays way more in relation to them). A V6 would be outstanding for Opel. And if they combine it not only with sporty but some more luxurious ambiance/interior, they should be able to get into other segments as well. But they won’t, because the majority…

  • f1300

    So its not an OPC. Good. Because that leaves some rangetopping space above…

  • Vassilis

    Looks good!

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