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Press kit: Sports Machine for Connoisseurs: Insignia GSi

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  • Precise: FlexRide chassis and Brembo brakes tuned to optimum at Nürburgring
  • Efficient: Lightweight, turbocharging and friction optimised eight-speed automatic
  • Grip like a limpet: All-wheel drive, torque vectoring, Michelin sports tyres
  • Powerplant: BiTurbo diesel with 480 Nm maximum torque
  • Sharp: Sporty front and rear design plus eye-catching 20-inch wheels
  • Controlled: Opel performance seat with plenty of lateral support and comfort
  • Tailored: Insignia GSi available as Grand Sport and Sports Tourer variant

 

Rüsselsheim.  Sharp, precise, highly efficient. The Opel Insignia GSi is a sports machine and a “grip master” for those who appreciate like something very special. A driver’s car for maximum fun on all kinds of roads. The chassis with its very dynamic setup and the optional Michelin performance tyres on 20-inch wheels create a particularly high level of grip. The all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring is unique in this segment – it ensures a rewarding driving experience as well as maximum safety. Then comes the 154 kW/210 hp 2.0-litre BiTurbo diesel engine (fuel consumption[1]: urban 9.4 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.8 l/100 km, combined 7.1 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 188-187 g/km). The eight-speed automatic transmission can be operated via shift-paddles at the steering wheel – like a racing car – for an even more engaging driving experience.

Typical of the current Insignia-generation is the combination of lightweight design, low centre of gravity and 2.0-litre turbo power. This results in excellent balance and a very good power to weight ratio. Such characteristics deserve a special exterior. With large chrome design elements at the front and a neat rear spoiler for the necessary downforce on the rear axle, the Insignia GSi’s looks perfectly match the performance. The leather upholstered, Opel performance seats (specially developed for the GSi), the leather sports steering wheel and the aluminium pedals add the finishing touches. Families can enjoy the Insignia GSi feeling too, without compromising on space and practicality: the Insignia GSi is available as a sporty limousine and an even more spacious Sports Tourer. Prices for the Insignia GSi Grand Sport start at €45,795 and at €47,160 for the Sports Tourer (RRP including VAT in Germany).

Real bite: BiTurbo power, FlexRide and all-wheel drive with torque vectoring

Opel has equipped the Insignia GSi with an excellent engine to ensure powerful driving performance with real “bite”: The 2.0-litre BiTurbo diesel delivers 154 kW/210 hp at 4,000 rpm and offers impressive maximum torque of 480 Nm at 1,500 rpm. The GSi Grand Sport BiTurbo accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 7.8 seconds and has a top speed of 233 km/h.

The GSi chassis is the basis for maximising driving pleasure and exploiting the power output. Shorter springs lower the car by 10 millimetres compared with the non-GSi Insignia and special sports shock absorbers reduce body movements to a minimum. You can feel exactly where the Insignia GSi received its fine-tuning in every corner and in every movement – on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, the toughest racetrack in the world.

The mechatronic FlexRide chassis adapts shock absorbers and steering in fractions of a second; the control unit also changes the calibration of the accelerator pedal and the shift points of the eight-speed automatic. The driver can choose between Standard, Tour and Sport modes. Depending on the mode, steering and throttle-response is then even more direct. Exclusive to the GSi is the Competitive mode, which is activated via the ESP button. A double-press allows skilful drivers more yaw and switches off traction control. Insignia GSi pilots who truly want to control everything themselves can also change gears via the steering wheel paddles without taking a hand of the wheel or their eyes off the road.

The Twinster all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring is the ideal match for the sports chassis. In this high-tech system, which is unique in the segment, the conventional differential on the rear axle is replaced by two clutches, which control the amount of torque sent to each rear wheel individually in fractions of a second. Depending on the driving situation, the wheels are thus accelerated independently – regardless of the surface or the conditions. Tedious understeer is therefore largely unfamiliar for the Insignia GSi and it follows the line its driver wants to take.

To bring the sporty efficiency onto the road with optimal traction, engineers have fitted the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer with extra high-grip Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres – on large 20‑inch wheels. And for superb deceleration at high speeds, powerful Brembo four-piston brakes take over. All this comes in combination with the lightweight construction known from the Insignia and results in an unparalleled direct and dynamic driving experience.

Sporty features: from Opel performance sport seat to the headlining

The sporty capabilities of the Insignia GSi are matched by design cues, technology-highlights and accessories. At the top of the list is the sports seat developed by Opel. The AGR-certified Opel performance sport seat comes with all advanced features already known from the top-of-the-range seats available for the Insignia. The integral seat in the GSi also comes with ventilation, heating, a massage function and adjustable side bolsters.  Overall the sum of sporty side support and comfort features makes the performance seat a unique offer – developed in the competence centre for healthy seating in Rüsselsheim.

The flat-bottom leather sports steering wheel the aluminium pedals and the black headlining enhance the sporty feeling in the cockpit and throughout the interior even more.

Practicality can be hot – as shown by the Opel Insignia GSi

While the Insignia GSi looks like a thoroughbred athlete from the outside with its chrome-edged design elements at the front, distinctive exhaust pipes and – as a Grand Sport variant – with its prominent rear spoiler for the desired level of downforce at the rear axle it maintains a high level of practicality under its sporty dress.

Just like its series counterpart, the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer’s luggage compartment offers an exemplary 560 to 1,665 litres load volume and the optional 40/20/40 foldable rear seats enable flexible loading space configurations. In order to make loading as easy as possible, the sensor-controlled tailgate is opened and closed without having to touch the car by a simple kicking motion under the rear bumper. Insignia GSi drivers also benefit from more top technologies ranging from groundbreaking IntelliLux LED® matrix light to Forward Collision Alert with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking. All this makes the Insignia GSi Grand Sport an uncompromising sports limousine and the Sports Tourer a hot, practical and above all safe estate for the whole family.

 

[1] Values measured according to WLTP and converted to NEDC for comparison.

 

Further information about official fuel consumption, official specific CO2 emissions and consumption of electric energy can be found in the “guideline about fuel consumption, CO2 Emissions and electric energy consumption of new passenger cars” ('Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen') in German language, which is available free of charge at any point of sales and at DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Helmuth-Hirth-Straße 1, D-73760 Ostfildern. 

 

Contact

Martin Golka
Group Manager International Product Communications
Tel.: +49 6142/7–55 215
Mobile: +49 151 17 47 39 54
martin.golka@opel.com

 

Colin Yong
Assistant Manager International Product Communications
Tel.: +49 (0) 6142-7-69 57 6
Mobile: +49 (0) 1511-7-47 396 5
colin.yong@opel.com

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