German automaker Opel has revealed the sportiest iteration of its mid-sized sedan, the Insignia GSi. The new car is likely to make its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017.
The new Opel Insignia GSi draws power from a 2-litre petrol engine producing 252bhp and 400Nm of torque. The engine is coupled to a new 8-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.
Opel states that despite the new Insignia producing 69bhp less power than the previous-gen sedan, it can lap the Green Hell much faster. The reason behind this is the new sedan lighter by 160kg than the previous model.
The new sedan is based on the all-new chassis. The top-of-the-range Insignia is equipped with shorter springs, adaptive dampers, Brembo brakes and optional 20-inch alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.
The new-gen Insignia GSi gets an advanced all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring for the rear axle. Opel claims that the understeer is almost banished with the Insignia's handling. The car gets three driving modes - Tour, Sport and GSi-exclusive Competition mode.
The interior of the new Insignia GSi features sports seats developed by Opel with AGR certification, flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminium pedals and black roof line. Opel stated that it is also working on the diesel variant of the performance sedan.
The new Opel Insignia GSi might be less powerful than its previous iteration. But with the lighter chassis and combination of new components, Opel claims that it can lap the Nurburgring circuit faster than the previous-gen sedan.