Current range-topper is quicker around the Nürburgring than the previous and more potent Insignia VXR
Sam Sheehan
12 September 2017

The hottest version yet of the current Vauxhall Insignia, the 252bhp GSi, has been launched at the Frankfurt motor show.

The car is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that outputs 295lb ft and is mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.

Vauxhall says the car can lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife faster then the previous-generation Insignia’s range topping VXR model, despite giving away 69bhp.

It says the reason for the quicker pace is the car’s improved agility, helped by the new Insignia’s 160kg lighter kerbweight and new four-wheel drive system that offers torque vectoring at the back.

The driveline uses a GKN Twinster twin-clutch differential (as do the Ford Focus RS and Range Rover Evoque) to power the rear wheels, splitting torque independently to improve traction. At the front, power is distributed via a more conventional electronic differential lock, which imitates a mechanical diff by braking wheels experiencing slip.

Autocar sampled the system on a GKN test mule that was based on the previous-generation Insignia VXR last year.

The GSi also uses adaptive dampers that come as part of its the mechatronic Flexride chassis system. The technology continually adapts damping rates and also enables adjustments to the car’s steering, and throttle and gearbox responses.

Four drive modes are included: Standard, Tour and Sport, as well as a Competition mode, which lowers the interference of the car’s electronic stability control. Double tapping the button switches it off completely.

The GSi gets four-pot Brembo brakes and 18in wheels (20s are optional). It also features bespoke leather upholstered sports seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and metal pedals.

Following the GSi’s launch, Vauxhall will add a diesel variant, although it is yet to reveal further details for that car.

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19 July 2017

That looks great. Hopefully it'll handle as well as it looks. I'll be genuinely interested in the diesel version if it's a twin turbo with circa 220bhp.

19 July 2017

Sounds like it is good enough,and, if it went round the Green Hell faster than previous Hot Vauxhalls it must handle aswell......right....?

Peter Cavellini.

19 July 2017

And it will no doubt be great value for money as the rest of the current range of Insignia's are, but it needs a manual box! An estate version will only add to the Q car appeal too, so i hope thats coming as well.

19 July 2017

As much as I love seeing the name back....Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport GSi is a bit much! I also hope this doesn't mean the end of the VXR range

Great looking car mind you!

19 July 2017

Looks like Vauxhall have done a very nice job with this. It's a competitive sector though, so I hope the price doesn't weaken the case for buying. Particularly as residuals may not be the best.

20 July 2017

Too many dull washing machine like cars out there. Good on Vauxhall for making something that looks great. 

If it is as good going "round to the shops" as it is going "round the Nurburgring" (things which don't necessarily equate) then an excellent job. Let's see what a proper road test brings.

Spanner

20 July 2017

What is different between the GSi model other than the visuals to the range topper 2.0 l turbo 4x4 tested a few weeks ago?

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