33 years after the Kadett GSi comes the Opel Insignia GSi: 260 hp faster than the OPC at the Nürburgring
If you already comb some cane sure that there are three letters that arouse certain emotions if you place them in the right order, and now there is a German car that recovers to make you drool like the first Manta GSi and Kadett GSi of 1984.
The Opel Insignia GSi becomes a beautiful sports sedan that many of us will transport to decades past, where everything was simpler and more exciting, but with modern technology. The most aspirational of all Insignia now receives a total of 260 hp with which, in addition to going to work or spending time with the family we can also get some good adrenaline kicks.
You have to see what a car can change with only three letters in its last name. And is that the Opel Insignia is one of the best sedans on the market that has been taking the right steps in recent years to position itself qualitatively among the best in its class with good interiors and well-defined dynamic behavior.
The engine chosen to move this wolf in lambskin is a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged cubicle. Its credentials are 260 horsepower maximum and a generous 400 Nm of torque . In addition to being the most powerful of its family promises a consumption contained with 8.6 liters in NEDC combined cycle. Additionally, Opel promises a diesel version although they have not yet detailed which.
The engine is associated with a new automatic gearbox with eight cam links on the steering wheel that offers a good compromise between day-to-day comfort and efficiency in squeezing the pace to make us smile with the delivery to The four wheels that guarantee a good grip in any circumstance.
So sure are they in Opel that this GSi Insignia is the most efficient and dynamic they claim is remarkably faster on the Nordschleife – Nürburgring than the previous OPC Insignia (V6 2.8 Turbo with 325 hp, 65 more than the GSi) thanks to a reduction of Weight of 160 kg with respect to that model (although they have not revealed times).
The keys to its optimum performance reside in a chassis that reduces the weight (especially on the front axle) and places it very low and centered to obtain a neutral reactions in bend and stable at high speed, improving considerably the grip in any road , However complicated the conditions or the surface.
Precisely it was in the Nürburgring-Nordschleife where (as it could not be otherwise) the last GSi was tuned in the test center of Opel for vehicles of high performance. The result is a completely new chassis that equips shorter springs that place the body 10 mm closer to the ground and more sportier tarmac shock absorbers that contain the movements of the body.
In the section of brakes Brembo material is equipped with powerful pliers of four pistons that bite with vehemence discs of 345 mm of diameter, at the same time also has specifically tared the direction to have a much more direct touch.
On the four wheels, the mechatronics FlexRide mechatronic chassis with three modes of driving (Standard, Tour, Sport and Competition – disables the ESP-) acts by regulating both the damping and the touch of suspensions, as well as acting on the throttle sensitivity and the moment of change of the automatic transmission.
On the outside, it is easy to identify this new member of the Insignia family thanks to a more radical exterior , with large air intakes with chrome frames, a functional spoiler that generates aerodynamic load on the rear axle, integrated diffuser, two exhaust outlets and 20-inch wheels that feature standard sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires.
Passing into the cockpit there are also new features with a new finish with sports seats with more support upholstered in leather specific to the model and that have ventilation, heating and massage, leather-wrapped steering wheel and an aluminum footswitch bring that differentiating racing touch .
The Opel Insignia GSi will debut at the next Frankfurt Motor Show between 14 and 24 September and will hit the Spanish market in November at a price yet to be confirmed.