Vauxhall reveals new Insignia GSi
Published Date: 13th Sep 2017
Alongside 3 other new offerings from Vauxhall the Insignia GSi makes a debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017.
The all new Insignia GSi lives up to the badge in terms of performance delivered, through all wheel drive, a new chassis with Brembo brakes and a refined 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine.
The New Insignia GSi
This performance model of Vauxhalls newly released flagship model is fitted with an eight speed automatic transmission, of course they can be operated via paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel for a responsive driving experience.
In other areas of performance the Insignia GSi combines lightweight design and a low centre of gravity with turbocharged power, resulting in excellent balance with always more favourable power to weight figures.
Design updates for the GSi include chrome air intakes at the front and a rear spoiler for some extra down force and high speed balance at the rear. On the inside full leather sports seats, a leather steering wheel and aluminium pedals add the finishing touches.
The new chassis has been fined tuned to create more poise and composure, taking into consideration the already fine dynamics of the normal insignia, the GSi is on another level. Vauxhall tested and tuned the GSi using the famous Nurburgring in Germany, they managed to develop the car to give greater traction, cornering speed, feedback through the steering wheel and also shed 160kg from the overall weight.
The GSi Sport Tourer
Lowering the centre of gravity comes from specially developed springs and sports shock absorbers that reduce the vehicles body sway and increase balance when cornering. Vauxhalls FlexRide Chassis control system is present and takes inputs from the vehicles sensors for speed, steering angle and suspension load to work optimum throttle response and gear shifts to match the situation.
Pair this together with the torque vectoring of the all wheel drive system (that delivers drive to each rear wheel depending on grip levels) and even more traction from the 18 inch Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, then you have an exceptionally balance high performance 4 door saloon or estate.
The 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine produces 256bhp and 400Nm of torque with 32.8 average mpg with 197g/km CO2 emissions. 0-60mph for the saloon is at at 7.5 seconds with the larger estate managing 7.9 seconds and slightly more fuel used per gallon with 32.5mpg.
Expect to see more of Vauxhall’s Insignia GSi at the Frankfurt Motor Show currently open to the press today and then the general public from the 14th onwards.