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The Vauxhall Insignia GSi will arrive on UK roads in March 2018, at prices starting from £33,375.

The performance version of Vauxhall’s large car was first revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It will be offered in both five-door Grand Sport and, for an extra £1400, estate Sports Tourer body styles.

Powertrain choices  will range between a 260hp 2-litre turbo petrol with 400Nm of torque, or a bi-turbo diesel engine of 210hp. Both are paired with an eight-speed auto transmission with steering wheel shift paddles, and permanent all-wheel-drive with torque vectoring to ensure grip is constantly delivered tot he wheel that will make most efficient use of it.

Both engines produce the same performance figures – in Grand Sport form the GSi achieves a 6.9 second 0-62mph time and will go on to an electronically limited 155mph. The car weighs in some 160kg lighter than its predecessor, and as a result it has been able to lap the Nurburgring test track in Germany faster than the range-topping VXR model of the previous Insignia generation, despite being more than 70hp lower in power.

Petrol versions of the Grand Sport record CO2 emissions of 197g/km, the diesel 192g/km. Diesel Sports Tourer versions match their Grand Sport siblings, while the petrol estate mode produces 199g/km.

Vauxhall’s FlexRide chassis is fitted, four driving modes allowing damping, steering, gear change-up points and the car’s stability and traction systems to be configured according to a driver’s preference, Brembo four-cylinder brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres on 20-inch rims complete the chassis specification.

The GSi gains bespoke styling, including chrome air intakes, specific front and rear bumpers, side sills and on the Grand Sport a large rear spoiler. Vauxhall’s IntelliLux LED matrix headlamps are also standard while inside there are full-leather front sports seats, aluminium pedals, an eight-inch colour information display with navigation, a Bose sound system and head-up display.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.