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    New Opel Insignia Grand Sport : Lighter, More Dynamic, More Agile to Drive
    2016-11-23


    • Lighter: Up to 175 kilograms less than on outgoing model
    • Fully integrated: Tailored sitting position and driver-oriented cockpit
    • Always active: Adaptive FlexRide chassis with ‘Standard’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Tour’ modes
    • Individual: Customizable ‘Sport’ mode and self-learning software


    Rüsselsheim. Opel has given the Insignia Grand Sports everything a middle class sedan requires to ensure improved vehicles dynamics and a more agile drive. The newcomer has shed up to 175 kilograms compared to the outgoing models, which obviously benefits both the handling and the driving performance. The athlete is 29 millimeters flatter than its predecessor, the track has been increased by 11 millimeters, the overhangs have been reduced considerably and the wheelbase extended by 92 millimeters – this provides additional directional stability at high speeds. The further refined FlexRide chassis adapts dampers, steering and propulsion automatically or via the selectable ‘Standard’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Tour’ modes. This can best be put to the test on the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. The circuit is extremely challenging with its changing surfaces, straights and corner combinations. Every new Opel is put through its final paces here.

    The team around Insignia chief engineer Andreas Zipser travelled to the test-drives on the Nürburgring with camouflaged prototypes. And the engineers the 21-kilometer long Nordschleife to search for the final percentage points en route to a perfectly tuned vehicle.

    “You can feel that the Insignia has been developed from a white sheet of paper as soon as you get into the car. The integration of the driver is outstanding and this provides a much better feel for the car. The Insignia has become much more agile, even with the same engine,” said Zipser who is already looking forward to the next fast laps.

    The chief engineer heads out of the paddock and takes the Insignia Grand Sport onto the Nordschleife. He soon pushes the 5-door sedan to its limits, dives into the course section known as “Brünnchen” before skillfully mastering the “Pflanzgarten” – a section famous amongst motor sports fans. Opel’s new flagship is driving fast. Zipser enjoys the new, precise, speed-dependent steering and the position in the driver-oriented cockpit. The driver’s position is three centimeters lower than in the outgoing model and creates a feeling of actually being part of the car – the center console provides addition support, the instruments face the driver and all controls can easily be reached. All this results in a position similar to the one provided in a racing touring car and is ideal for a dynamic outing – not only on the Nürburgring.

    For such a dynamic outing, the driver should ideally select the ‘Sport’ mode of the FlexRide chassis: The dampers are stiffened, the steering and throttle response are more direct. Furthermore, the ESP anti-skid system intervenes later, thus give the driver more leeway. In combination with an automatic transmission, the ‘Sport’ mode shifts up through the gears later – the Insignia is completely set-up for dynamic driving.

    On the return route from the Nürburgring the driver can select between three modes according to the road characteristics and own preferences:

    • ‘Standard’: The automatic control selects the best set-up based on the information collected by the vehicle sensors.
    • ‘Tour’: Comfortable chassis configuration, propulsion settings for favorably consumption – the right mode for relaxing long-distance drives.
    • ‘Sport’: Brake dive is reduced, the chassis angles considerably less when cornering at high speeds and the steering provides more direct feedback on the road conditions.


    The FlexRide chassis electro hydraulically adapts the dampers to the road and the prevailing driving situation 500 times per second or 30,000 times per minutes. Furthermore, the driver can save personal preferences for the steering characteristics, throttle response and dampers via the ‘Sport’ button.

    “The new central ‘Drive Mode Control’ software is the heart and soul of the adaptive chassis. It continuously analyzes the information provided by the sensors and setting and recognizes the individual driving style. The individual systems are then optimized for the best traction and road position,” explained Zipser.

    If, for example, the Opel Insignia Grand Sport is driving along in ‘Standard’ mode and the driver decides to attack the corners on a winding road with a bit more vigor, the software recognizes the more dynamic style based on the acceleration and braking value and immediately switches the chassis and propulsion components to sporty.
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    VAUXHALL REVEALS ALL-NEW INSIGNIA SPORTS TOURER
    2017-02-06



    • Up to 200kg lighter than the outgoing version
    • 1,665 litre boot – over 125 litres more space than predecessor
    • Length of the boot has grown by 97mm to 2005mm
    • 40/20/40 foldable seats available
    • Elegant and spacious Monza Concept-inspired design by Brit Mark Adams
    • New technologies including next-gen IntelliLux Matrix LED headlights


    Luton – Vauxhall has released the first images of the all-new Insignia Sports Tourer, which will receive its world premiere at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show next month.

    Following on from the previous generation, which won the European Car of the Year in 2009, the Insignia Sports Tourer is based on a completely new vehicle architecture. Its revised proportions result in more luggage capacity that has increased to 1,665 litres, over 125 litres, more than the outgoing model. The length of the boot has grown by 97mm to 2005mm versus the previous model and 40/20/40 foldable seats are available, making it even more practical.

    Like with the Astra and the forthcoming Insignia Grand Sport, efficiency was key for engineers. The new model is up to 200 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, thanks to the use of lightweight materials and efficient packaging. This weight loss allows for high-tech features such as the ultra-modern all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring and the new eight-speed automatic transmission to exploit their strengths to the full.

    There is a raft of top technologies that make driving the Insignia Sports Tourer safer, more relaxing and more comfortable than before. Next generation IntelliLux LED matrix lighting, Lane Keep Assist, Head-up Display and unique AGR-certified premium seats, front- and rear-seat heating and a heated windscreen are just some examples.

    Outstanding infotainment and connectivity are also on board thanks to the latest generation IntelliLink systems and Vauxhall OnStar, which with the launch of the Insignia Sports Tourer, will offer even more functionality for customers.

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    They are calling the Insigna sedan the "Grand Sport" and the estate a "Sports Tourer" confusing

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    I really hope people in the USA buy the wagon one like crazy. We need more wagons over here in general.

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    Opel Insignia GSi

    1.998 cc
    4 cylinder Turbocharged
    260 bhp @ 5.300 rpm
    400 Nm @ 2.500 rpm

    4wheel drive
    8speed automatic

    0-100 km/h in 7,3 s
    topspeed 250 km/
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    Also called the Buick TourX I think, which has since been discontinued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NSXType-R View Post
    Also called the Buick TourX I think, which has since been discontinued.
    The Buick Regal line mirrored the Insignia lineup except for the regular estate model.
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