- Insignia GSi available from £33,375 on-the-road
- Company car tax around £200/month at 20%
- Flagship model fastest Vauxhall to take on Nurburgring circuit
- In showrooms March 2018
VAUXHALL has announced pricing for the all-new Insignia GSi, the performance variant of Vauxhall’s flagship model restoring the badge after a 15-year gap – a real mover which with close on 200g/km CO2 is well into the 37% top band for company car tax, petrol or diesel.
Available in both Grand Sport and Sports Tourer body styles, and powered by either a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol or 2.0-litre BiTurbo diesel engine, the Insignia GSi will be available from £33,375 on the road for the hatch with a £1,500 premium for the estate.
The emissions also put the GSi duo into the £1,200 band for first year road tax but being well inside the £40,000 premium VED banding the annual road tax at standard £140 keeps annual costs down.
The pricing gives company car tax around £200 per month for a 20% taxpayer and the one advantage of being in the top band is that’s where it stays for three years.
Arriving in Vauxhall showrooms in March, the GSi was developed at the Nurburgring in Germany and is the fastest Vauxhall to have taken to the iconic track.
At 160kg lighter than its predecessor – the Insignia VXR – the GSi features all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, mechatronic FlexRide chassis, Brembo four-cylinder brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres on 20-inch rims.
Buyers can choose from either the 2.0-litre 260PS/400Nm turbo petrol engine, or the 2.0-litre 210PS BiTurbo diesel engine. Both units are paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox with shift-paddles on the steering wheel, providing an active and responsive driving experience.
In Grand Sport body style the Insignia GSi achieves 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph.
The Grand Sport variant, with either engine option, is available from £33,375 on-the-road, with CO2 emissions of 197g/km (petrol) or 192g/km (diesel). Drivers looking for additional space can select the Sports Tourer body style, available from £34,875 on the road with either engine [CO2: 199g/km petrol and 192g/km, diesel].
Exterior design features include chrome air intakes, front and rear GSi bumpers, side sills and a large GSi rear spoiler (Grand Sport only), as well as incorporating Vauxhall’s innovative IntelliLux LED matrix headlamps.
Inside, the GSi features full-leather front sports seats, aluminium pedals, eight-inch colour information display with navigation, plus a Bose sound system and head-up display.
Four driving modes are available through the GSi’s FlexRide system, allowing damping, steering, gear change-up points and the car’s stability and traction systems to be configured according to a driver’s preference, while the petrol engine’s 400Nm torque put down through the all-wheel drive and Michelin tyres results in exceptional levels of grip.