The new Insignia GSi is up to 12 seconds faster on the Nürburgring Nordschleife than its predecessor.
The lap time hasn’t been released but the results are impressive as the Insignia VXR is more powerful than its newer counterpart. As a refresher, the outgoing model has a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 engine with 320bhp & 320 lb-ft of torque while the new model has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing 250bhp & 295 lb-ft of torque.
In order to overcome the 70bhp & 25 lb-ft power discrepancy, engineers focused on making the Insignia GSi lighter than its predecessor and they successfully removed 160kg of weight. The development team didn’t stop there as they equipped with the model with Brembo brakes, a torque vectoring all-wheel drive system, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and 20-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires.
According to Opel Performance Director Volker Strycek, “The results speak for themselves. I can complete a lap of the Nordschleife in the new Insignia GSi up to twelve seconds faster than in the more powerful OPC predecessor – but I obviously push the car every inch of the way.” He added the model is “definitely faster and easy to control” in corners.