Vauxhall turns up the heat on fleet-friendly Insignia

Written by Ellie

The Vauxhall Insignia may be a firm favourite with company car drivers, but when it comes to performance, it hasn’t really been able to compete. Until now.

Images of the new Insignia GSi have emerged online ahead of its reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Under the bonnet of the performance-honed Insignia is a two-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol, mated to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission, that can turn out 257bhp through all four wheels and up to 400Nm of torque.

Exterior changes include the addition of chrome air intakes at the front and a rear spoiler for the required levels of downforce, riding on 18-inch Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres, that are upgradeable to 20-inch.

Meanwhile inside, the cabin boasts full-leather sports seats, a leather sports steering wheel and aluminium pedals.

Beneath the surface though, the GSI’s chassis has been fine-tuned to create the most poised and composed Insignia yet, reducing its weight by 160kg on the comparable Insignia Grand Sport. Vauxhall has even tested the car on the iconic Nürburgring circuit to assess its newfound ferocity.

There has been no word so far of what all this means for its 0-62mph sprint; that’s a figure Vauxhall are likely to keep close to their chest until the car’s real world unveiling.

Fuel economy has taken a hit though, returning 32.8mpg combined at 197g/km CO2, so this Insignia is unlikely to have the same kind of fleet appeal as its more sedate diesel family members.

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “The Insignia is a giant in the fleet market, but it would take some shrewd convincing for any conventional fleet manager to acquire this on company funds.”

Posted on 20th July 2017

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