GSi is the name that Opel gives the versions of Insignia Grand Sport and Insignia Sports Tourer with a gasoline engine of 2.0 liters and 260 hp or with a diesel engine of 2.0 liters and 210 hp. They have a series of modifications in certain mechanical elements to give them a dynamic reactions more agile. They also have some changes in the bodywork that help differentiate it from the rest of the range with a more sporty look.
According to Opel, all GSi versions will be on sale, predictably, in November 2017 (Opel will already accept orders, but the first units will not arrive until the middle of the first quarter of 2018; 210 hp with other equipment levels will arrive before).
The engine, the gearbox and the all-wheel drive system are the same as the Insignia Grand Sport Excellence 2.0 Turbo NFT version. The engine has four cylinders and a turbocharger . The gearbox is automatic, of torque converter type and with eight ratios – this is a novelty in the GSi that can be handled manually with some cams behind the steering wheel – and the all-wheel drive system is capable of distributing the engine power independently between the two wheels of the rear axle.
The average fuel consumption of the petrol versions is 8.6 l / 100 km (saloon) and 8.7 l / 100 km (family), the same as the Excellence 2.0 Turbo NFT versions. The consumption of the Sports Tourer Diesel is 7.3 l / 100 km (at the moment we do not have the data corresponding to the Grand Sport).
The maximum acceleration from 0 to 100 km / of the Insignia Sports Tourer GSi is 7.5 seconds for gasoline and 7.9 s for Diesel, with 245 and 231 km / h of maximum speed respectively. There are no saloon performance data, although these are probably identical to those of the Insignia Excellence 2.0 Turbo NFT, meaning that it will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.3 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 250 km / h. Comparable versions of the Audi A4 , BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE are clearly faster accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h (5.8, 5.8 and 6.2 seconds respectively) and also have a lower consumption (5 , 9, 5.9 and 6.8 l / 100 km respectively).
Opel says that the Grand Sport GSi is 160 kg lighter than the previous generation OPC version of Insignia, which had a V6 petrol engine of 2.8 liters and 325 hp. Doing the calculations, the resulting figure, 1650 kg, coincides with the Insignia Grand Sport Excellence 2.0 Turbo NFT.
An element that differentiates the GSi Insignia are the brakes. The brake calipers are the Brembo specialist, with four pistons and the discs have a diameter of 345 millimeters (we do not have the diameter data of the discs of the 2.0 Turbo NFT). Another difference is the suspension, which has shorter springs, which leave the body 10 millimeters closer to the ground, and firmer shock absorbers.
The variable-firing damper system -FlexRide- is standard and allows you to choose between three modes -Standard, Tour and Sport- that alter the operation of the shock absorbers, the accelerator, the steering and the change. The GSi have a fourth exclusive mode, called “Competition”, which disengages the traction control. The tires are 20 inches and the tires, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S.
Externally, the GSi differ from any other Insignia because of the size of the air intakes in the front bumper, the spoiler of the boot lid and the design of the front bumper, especially the bottom, which tries to imitate the shape of a diffuser.
Inside there are also differences, such as one pedals with aluminum finish, a steering wheel with the flat bottom and sports seats with the integrated headrest. These seats are certified AGR (Aktion Gesunder Rücken, a German company whose purpose is to promote research in everything related to the reduction of back pain) and can carry heating, ventilation and massage function.
The first time that Opel used the name GSi was in 1984, when it launched the Manta GSi and the Kadett GSi.