Opel Insignia GSi Is 12 Seconds Faster Than Its Predecessor On The Nürburgring

Opel introduced the Insignia GSi a few months ago but the company has just revealed the model is up to 12 seconds faster on the Nürburgring Nordschleife than its predecessor.

The company declined to release the car’s time but the results are impressive as the Insignia OPC is more powerful than its newer counterpart. As a refresher, the outgoing model has a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 engine with 325 PS (239 kW) and 435 Nm (321 lb-ft) of torque while the new model has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing 260 PS (191 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.

In order to overcome the 65 PS (47 kW) and 35 Nm (25 lb-ft) power discrepancy, engineers focused on making the Insignia GSi lighter than its predecessor and they successfully removed 160 kg (352 lbs) of weight. The development team didn’t stop there as they equipped with the model with Brembo brakes, a torque vectoring all-wheel drive system, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and 20-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires.

According to Opel Performance Director Volker Strycek, “The results speak for themselves. I can complete a lap of the Nordschleife in the new Insignia GSi up to twelve seconds faster than in the more powerful OPC predecessor – but I obviously push the car every inch of the way.” He added the model is “definitely faster and easy to control” in corners.

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  • SteersUright

    And this is exactly why GM can’t sell crap. It makes a Malibu twin which competes with Accords and Camry’s, then takes it to the track thinking its a BMW or Porsche alternative and brags about a Nurburgring lap time? Does any product manager at GM know how to do their job? The Corvette is going mid-engine, Cadillacs are trying to be BMW’s instead of Cadillacs, Buicks have no idea what the hell they are, etc. GM is essentially Chevy, and Chevy is their only brand with any consistent identity. How about first making sure panel gaps, interior materials, quality, reliability, consistently match or exceed that offered by the Germans or Japanese instead of spending g-d knows how much money on overpriced version of a car that will require you to slap a fat rebate on it to move it off dealer lots?

    • TheHake

      Opel belongs to Peugeot now… not GM.

      • SteersUright

        Hmm, duly noted. Didn’t it belong to GM recently though? Must have been a recent acquisition as that entire architecture from chassis to engine is all GM. Hopefully, Peugeot does a better job taking this brand forward. I’ve read once that Opel’s were once the best car GM made due to German management or manufacture or design, or something along those lines.

        • TheHake

          Yup, it’s a recent development. The next Opel Astra is even going to be based on the next Peugeot 308… 🙁

  • Kagan

    and many of those seconds comes from the tires. So if you change the tires on the old one the difference will not be that big.

    • TheHake

      Plus the older one is WAY better looking.

      • Kagan

        probably!
        but it is always nice with less weigth.

  • TheHake

    The most disappointing car of 2017… 🙁

    • Vassilis

      Oh come on man, why? It’s not the best in class but it’s a good car and I think it also looks good.

      • TheHake

        I loved the old Insignia, and was hoping for something really special. Instead, Opel gave us a very bland car. It looks very mediocre on the road and with that half-hearted digital dash (copy from the facelifted Insignia) it’s no match for the VW AID. I am SO disappointed in (and frustrated with) the new Insignia. 🙁

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