The hottest version of the current Vauxhall Insignia, the 252bhp GSi, is now available to order, prices from Â£33,375 for the Grand Sport, and Â£34,875 in Sports Tourer guise.
Vauxhall’s new flagship, launched at the Frankfurt motor show. The price puts it Â£1380 above the entry-level Kia Stinger, although the two are closely matched in terms of power outputs – the GSi has just 8bhp on the Kia.
The car is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine outputs 295lb ft, and is mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. If not, there’s a 2.0-litre 207bhp diesel engine, with the same performance and the price of gasoline. The gas emits a little more CO2, the pumping 197g/km for the diesel of 192 g/km.
Vauxhall says that the car can lap the NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife faster than the previous generation Insignia range topping VXR model, in spite of give 69bhp.
He said that the reason for the more rapid is the car of the improvement of agility, helped by the new Insignia 160kg lighter kerbweight and the new four-wheel-drive system that offers torque vectoring to the rear.
The transmission uses a GKN Twinster twin-clutch differential (like the Ford Focus RS and the Range Rover Evoque) to power the rear wheels, splitting torque independently to improve traction. At the front, the energy is distributed by a more classical, electronic differential lock, which mimics a mechanical diff by braking the wheels experience slippage.
Autocar sampled the system on a GKN test mule, which was based on the previous-generation Insignia VXR in the last year.
The GSi also uses adaptive dampers that come as part of its the mechatronic Flexride chassis system. The technology automatically and continuously adjusts damping rates, and also allows you to make settings of the car, the steering wheel, throttle and gearbox responses.
Four driving modes are included: Standard, tour and Sport, as well as a Competition mode, which reduces the interference of the car’s electronic stability control. Press twice on the button you can turn it off completely.
The GSi gets four-pot Brembo brakes and 18-inch wheels (20 in option). It also has a bespoke, leather-upholstered sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and metal pedals.