The Vauxhall GSi is back. The legendary Vauxhall name which we haven't seen since the Vectra C GSi, which went on sale in 2002.
So, with the imminent launch of Vauxhall's GSi-badged Insignia Grand Sport, comparisons are naturally being drawn with her VXR-badged predecessor, the Insignia VXR. So how does the Insignia Grand Sport GSi compare and what improvements have been made in the ten years since they last launched their VXR performance Insignia?
Before VXR, Vauxhall performance cars were badged GSi. Originating with the Cavalier III and Carlton in the mid to late 80's, the GSi badge became known as a mark of excellence, quality and performance. The GSi, which stands for Grand Sport Injection, gave us models such as the Vauxhall Cavalier and Vauxhall Carlton 3.0-litre edition, which were purpose-built motorway cruisers. Designed for comfort and effortless speed on long journeys they were by far the most desirable editions of the range.
With the re-introduction of this hallowed legacy on the new Insignia Grand Sport GSi, Vauxhall are making a clear statement to reclaim their territory as makers of desirable, luxury speed machines.
The Insignia Grand Sport has already claimed the holy grail of aero-dynamic efficiency, having achieved 0.26 drag co-efficient standard. This was a benchmark previously set by another performance Vauxhall, the classic Calibra. By achieving these figures again in cutting drag and maximising thrust, we eagerly await the final performance figures for the GSi variant, when they are released.
With the Insignia VXR, the brash in-your-face look was half of the appeal. With the performance being loud and impressive. In the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport GSi 2.0 Turbo, Vauxhall have created an altogether subtler, more sophisticated machine. The Insignia GSi is at once surprising and pleasing. Returning to creating beautifully sculpted cars which allow actions to speak louder than words, Insignia GSi has both thrown down the gauntlet to her somewhat surprised peers and retaken her rightful place as a prestige performance car, oozing class and sophistication.
The new GSi performance variant of the Insignia Grand Sport and of the Sports Tourer body styles will be available in Evans Halshaw Vauxhall showrooms in early 2018. Enquire today.
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