These are all old Opels; old halo models. Some have 227 hp V8s. They didn’t make much
progress, because this one has only 256 hp. That’s 30 hp in 50-60 years. Why is that? You liked the design of the new Insignia.
The comments were positive. Some think it looks like a Mazda.
I get it, but it is a very different car. Now we’re here, let’s discuss the design. First, the car is lower. It looks
like space was lost, but no. Opel’s customers wanted a sportier car. With the previous car they felt like
they were sitting on, not in the seat. They lowered the seats 3 cm. The car could be lowered 3 cm as well,
so the headroom remained the same. It has a brand-new chassis;
a completely new platform. The Grand Sport we’re seeing here
is up to 175 kg (386 lb) lighter. The car’s flanks have a coupe-like roof line. The rear, in case of the Grand Sport,
has a short butt. It’s nice and wide. The light units are smaller.
It looks cooler and low-slung. Cool. I wonder how it handles. Are you coming? Before I tell you about the handling,
I want to discuss the interior. Opel says they don’t want to be premium, but they
do want to lure customers of premium brands. I think they could take another small step with
the interior. There are many hard plastic parts. The materials used aren’t very nice. If I had a BMW, Mercedes, or Audi,
I’d think this is scanty. The instrument cluster is crowded.
The gauges are close together. You can choose the middle screen to show
satnav or something else. That’s OK. There are a lot of gauges. I think that’s a shame. Opel made a choice regarding the engines. The
new Insignia only gets the most modern engines. The line-up starts with a 138 hp 1.5.
There’s also a version with 163 hp. It’s a big leap to the car
we’re driving, the 256 hp 2.0. There’s nothing in between.
Maybe there will be later on. First there will only be a 168 hp diesel engine, but
there will also be a 134 hp and 108/113 hp version. In the end there will be plenty of choice,
for those who want a cheaper base model as well. Prices for the Grand Sport start at 33,700 euros.
The Sport Tourer is 1,250 euros extra. That’s nice, but the most important thing
for Opel is the sportier direction they’re taking. That’s what their customers wanted.
The previous Insignia was too tame. The handling wasn’t sporty enough,
so Opel made progress here, or so they say. I can confirm. This is a nice car to drive. I already told you it’s up to 175 kg (386 lb) lighter. You feel this. The previous Insignia was heavy. The handling feels good as well. The 256 hp and 400 Nm (295 lb ft)
let me down, though. This reaches all 4 wheels (this is an AWD version)
via an 8-speed automatic transmission. That one’s new as well.
The automatic transmission feels a bit slow. I hit the throttle 3 seconds ago
and I’d like to accelerate now, but it has to shift down a gear first.
This takes too much time. We thought there’d be an OPC version,
but Opel wouldn’t confirm this when we asked. We’ll have to wait and see. They say
it’s a difficult business case at the moment. You can get 400 hp from a 2.0 turbo engine,
so the OPC will surely be made. The AWD in this car is special.
It’s the same system as in the Focus RS. The rear doesn’t have a real differential,
but 2 liquid-operated hydraulic clutches. These make sure that the power
is distributed over the wheels. Up to 65% of the power goes to the rear axle. Opel wants to create a RWD-feel with this
to emphasize the sportiness. They succeeded. If you try hard,
you can coax it to oversteer. Beside the nice handling we want
to know how fast it goes on the highway. Opel says 250 kph (155 mph). We tried, but we went
faster on the clock. We saw 262 kph (163 mph). There was still some left, so we could’ve
gone faster, but we had to brake for traffic. Maybe they didn’t see us approach in their
rear-view mirror because this car is a boring white. This doesn’t have to be a problem, because you can
choose any color via the Opel Exclusive Program. Any color. It doesn’t matter what
you come up with, but it’s possible. The prices for this aren’t available yet.
It probably won’t be a cheap option. I don’t think 1,500 euros will be enough,
but it’s cool they offer it on a car from this segment. The conclusion: the new Opel Insignia
is a pretty, good handling car. The 8-speed transmission is
a bit of a let-down. That’s a shame. I don’t think this car will lure people
away from BMW, Audi, and Mercedes. See this car as a fine rival for the Renault Talisman,
Peugeot 508, Volkswagen Passat, Ford Mondeo, etc. I think the handling is better than a Mondeo. That’s a compliment. Made possible by
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