The German company should be proud with one of the latest models it developed alongside its former parent General Motors, the new generation Insignia already proving much superior to its predecessor.
Let’s take the recently revived GSi version for example – it comes as a lighter, faster, more performance-oriented (but not fully-fledged high-performance) variant of the family sedan/wagon. Under the hood resides an uprated 2.0-liter turbocharged engine packing 260 horsepower (193 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque, delivered to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Opel even wanted to prove the GSi’s worth so it decided to hit the ubiquitous Nurburgring track.
They of course enlisted the expert help of former DTM racing driver and Director of Performance Cars and Motor Sport Volker Strycek, who pushed the new Insignia GSi to an impressive 12 seconds faster performance compared to the outgoing OPC variant. “The lightweight architecture, the excellent chassis configuration with uprated damper hydraulics and software adjustment, the unique all-wheel drive along with the performance tires make the GSi as precise and sharp as we wanted it to be,” said Strycek. Unfortunately, Opel didn’t advance the actual time, so we have no way of benchmarking it against other similar sedans that opted to do some power laps of the Green Hell.