Vauxhall Insignia GSi to start from £33,375
Performance-based Vauxhall Insignia GSi was first shown at Frankfurt, and is available to buy in showrooms from March
For the base price of £33,375, you get the Grand Sport saloon variant of the Insignia GSi, which comes with a choice of 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines: a turbocharged petrol or a twin-turbo diesel. The petrol version produces 257bhp and 400Nm of torque, while the diesel churns out 207bhp.
In Grand Sport trim, the Insignia GSi petrol sprints from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and hits a 155mph top speed. For an extra £1,500 (£34,875), customers wanting extra space can opt for the Sports Tourer estate model.
Power is put down through a four-wheel-drive system, which features torque vectoring on the rear axle. This is able to accelerate each rear wheel individually to boost traction when cornering.
A unique suspension set-up has been fitted, comprising 10mm shorter springs and specially developed shock absorbers to reduce body roll. Brembo brakes have also been added.
The performance-based Insignia has been developed at the Nürburgring race track in Germany, where it became the fastest Vauxhall in history. In October, an Insignia GSi lapped the ‘Green Hell’ 12 seconds quicker than the more powerful previous-generation Insignia VXR.
To mark it out from the rest of the range, the GSi features a subtle bodykit with silver accents on the front bumper, twin exhaust pipes and optional 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres.
Inside, unique sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and GSi badging add some racy appeal. The Insignia GSi goes on sale in Vauxhall showrooms beginning in March.
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