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Vauxhall brings the Insignia as a sporty Top model under the Label of GSI. So the business is to be revived, without clouding the CO2 balance. Because a more powerful engine for the car.



Tom Grünweg

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Saturday, 13.10.2018
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The first impression: Potent, but not embarrassing: As a GSI looks of the Insignia a bit more powerful, but saves silly Spoiler or side skirts like the old Opel-OPC-times.

Says the manufacturer: performance is not everything. While other manufacturers tickling in their sport models, usually a few Extra HP out of the engine, Opel left from the aggregates of the Finger. It is the money for large developments in niche models is missing. In addition, each tuned engine is bad for the fleet consumption and the CO2-targets of the brand. If these are exceeded, threatens the EU with sensitive fines.

Nevertheless, the GSI is not only a combination of letters from the Marketing, says Volker Strycek, who signed for the Performance Cars and Motorsport at Opel responsible. As Evidenced by the lap times at the Nürburgring: “the Nordschleife of the Insignia GSI is twelve seconds faster than the higher-performance OPC variant of the previous Generation,” says Strycek. The reasons for this are the lower weight, lower center of gravity, the playful Handling as well as over a wide speed range usable turbo power and good traction. “The high level of Grip is for the Nordschleife perfectly and on public roads, a driving fun and security plus.”



The we noticed: The GSI is not a hothead, the one immediately to the Heating animated, such as a BMW M3 or a Mercedes AMG model. But the Opel is a sedan that is a little more sporty. While you glide with the other variants of the Opel flagship left, sits in the GSI in the new integral seats with high side car a little more upright, steers, brakes and accelerates conscious.

At the latest when the suspension takes up the struggle with the shear force, to recognize the actual qualities of the Insignia GSI and is fire and flame for the supposed paper tiger. The key data on performance, acceleration and top speed are with those of the conventional 2.0 Diesel the same.

On the road, the model plays to its Strengths. He follows in a playful way easily to the ideal line and keeps good contact with the Asphalt. In curves, the driver applies easily just the vertex. If then when all four tires accelerate claws into the Asphalt and the electronics, the force is distributed not only between front and rear, but also between the wheels to the right and to the left in the best possible way, then one suspects, where the twelve seconds to come, the GSI has removed the former OPC on the Nordschleife.

The Insignia drives not only dedicated, but also emotional. Especially if you choose one of the sporty driving profiles. The automatic transmission makes the gears longer and even the diesel variant sounds a bit throaty. In the so-called Competition mode, the ESP holds back until the very last second, so that sometimes even small Drifts in there. So the ambitious can the GSI move, so for everyday use it remains. If one mode is in the Tour-on-the-go, is the athleticism to be blown away. To the firmer seats and a little less suspension comfort is carriage out of the car, then a cross, brave family.

Take a look in the interior of the Opel Insignia GSI – with our 360-degree photo:

The need to know: The Insignia GSI will cost at least 45.800 euros as a sedan, and again in 1265 euros more than the station wagon. Currently, the only Diesel is the list variant with 210 HP in the price. The engine develops up to 480 Nm of torque, accelerates the sedan in 7.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h and reaches a Top speed of 233 km/h. This all-wheel-drive and eight-speed automatic as Standard, such as the adaptive suspension.

The Insignia of the GSI, it will not stay. While the acronym OPC for the sport dies out models from the Opel Performance Studio slowly, it is coming soon – so to speak, at the other end of the model range, even the small Corsa car get as the second Opel model, the new sports badge.

We will not forget How one of the Insignia GSI on the line disappointed, and as fast as he an in the curves to compensate. Performance-in-chief Strycek is right when he focuses, rather, on the road and the Handling, than on the speed, you can usually not take advantage of. However, the next curve comes guaranteed.

Vehicle registration certificate


Insignia GSI


Four-Cylinder Turbodiesel

Eight-Speed Automatic

All-wheel drive

The 1,956 CC,

210 HP (154 kW)

480 Nm

From 0 to 100:
7.8 s

Maximum speed:
233 km/h

Consumption (ECE):
7.1 Liter

CO2 emissions:
187 g/km

490 Liter

1.450 liters

1.772 kg

4910 / 1941 / 1445

45.795 GBP

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