Monza Lovers Rejoice! The GSI badge is coming back!

FiestaST

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IT’S OFFICIAL! OPEL’S FAMED GSI BADGE IS COMING BACK

Opel’s iconic GSi badge is set to make a comeback, with the brand’s lead designer confirming the news via a teaser image on Instagram.

As reported by the folks over at GM Authority, Mark Adams, Opel and Vauxhall’s vice-president for design in Europe, took to the social media platform to break the news.

“This is the first exclusive image of one of our most exciting future cars,” Adams wrote in the caption that accompanied the image, before confirming in a reply lower down the post that the new GSi-badged vehicle would make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Opel, of course, is now part of the PSA Group, with the French automaker announcing the deal back in March. Since that announcement, Opel’s global CEO has quit and the brand has gained a new distributor in South Africa.

So, which vehicle will be the first to wear the revived GSi badge? Various reports suggest it will be the Astra, although we’ll have to wait a few months to find out for sure…

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/its-official-opels-gsi-badge-is-coming-back/



 

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I passed a corsa GSi last night, the five door one. That poor ****er was firing on like two and a half cylinders.
 

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So I assume the GTC will disappear? If it hasn't already, I will never understand the chopping and changing.
 

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PAH! It will be a glorified freaking pug aka frog turd.

I owned the original GSi - with digital dash that had the hockey stick rev counter - can still remember the reg number: MSX188T. Prior to that I owned a Manta, now THAT was a car. Didn't need any "go fast badge"

Yes, I'm old ((er) than most on here) :crylaugh:
 

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But the question remains, will it be a COTY to mark the anniversary of the sadly, dearly missed and highly historical 1991 Monza GSI ?
 

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I passed a corsa GSi last night, the five door one. That poor ****er was firing on like two and a half cylinders.
The Corsa C GSi was such a waste, I prefer the Corsa B type, granted the five door was safer and handled better, but it was heavier and lazy, still surprised why the Opel guys did not give it more power from the 1.8 engine, the 1.6 was a much better performer in my view.
 

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Opel GSi Badge Is Officially Back In Business

Sporty model set to debut at the Frankfurt show in September.

Guess who’s back? Yes, Opel through the voice of Vice President of Design, Mark Adams, has announced via a teaser image the “GSi” badge is coming back. Reserved for sporty models, the moniker hasn’t been used for quite a while, but thankfully it will return this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show where the automaker from Rüsselsheim will have at least one other world debut. The identity of the car has not been disclosed, but Adams has promised it will be one of the company’s most exciting new vehicles.

Various reports are suggesting the GSi badge will be slapped onto the Astra’s body for what will be a hot hatch to take on the likes of Ford Focus ST and VW Golf GTI. Such a model would also have to face more competition coming from the Honda Civic Type R and the newcomer, Hyundai’s i30 N.

Expect power to stand at somewhere in the region of 250 horsepower, which would be 50 hp more than the hottest Astra on sale today. Should that not be enough to quench your thirst for power, an Astra OPC was confirmed way back in October 2014 with approximately 280 hp.

Mark Adams commented on his post on Instagram to say more details about the car will be revealed today. We will update the story once the info is out. If the model being teased here is in fact the Astra, it will be interesting to see whether Opel will sell a GSi wagon as well, though we wouldn’t get our hopes up too high just yet.

With Opel - now part of the PSA Group - already preparing the next-generation Corsa, it’s probably too late in the game for the current supermini to receive the GSi treatment. It’s the exact opposite situation with the Insignia as the Grand Sport received its market launch only several months ago.

However, with the Buick Regal GS already revealed in China and the equivalent U.S.-spec model right around the corner, this might just be the Insignia GSi for Europe.

https://www.motor1.com/news/174088/opel-gsi-return-confirmed/
 

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Various reports are suggesting the GSi badge will be slapped onto the Astra’s body for what will be a hot hatch to take on the likes of Ford Focus ST and VW Golf GTI. Such a model would also have to face more competition coming from the Honda Civic Type R and the newcomer, Hyundai’s i30 N
Wasn't that supposed to be the OPC's problem or will that come with an AWD system to take on the R?
 

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The Corsa C GSi was such a waste, I prefer the Corsa B type, granted the five door was safer and handled better, but it was heavier and lazy, still surprised why the Opel guys did not give it more power from the 1.8 engine, the 1.6 was a much better performer in my view.
My sister had one of the B type 130i sport jobs. That was such a fun little car to ring.
 

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252bhp (188kw) Vauxhall Insignia GSi launched with torque vectoring technology

Current range-topper is quicker around the Nürburgring than the previous and more potent Insignia VXR

The hottest version yet of the current Vauxhall Insignia, the 252bhp GSi, will be launched at the Frankfurt motor show this September.

The car is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that outputs 295lb ft (400 NM) and is mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.

Vauxhall says the car can lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife faster then the previous-generation Insignia’s range topping VXR model, despite giving away 69bhp.

It says the reason for the quicker pace is the car’s improved agility, helped by the new Insignia’s 160kg lighter kerbweight and new four-wheel drive system that offers torque vectoring at the back.

The driveline uses a GKN Twinster twin-clutch differential (as do the Ford Focus RS and Range Rover Evoque) to power the rear wheels, splitting torque independently to improve traction. At the front, power is distributed via a more conventional electronic differential lock, which imitates a mechanical diff by braking wheels experiencing slip.

Autocar sampled the system on a GKN test mule that was based on the previous-generation Insignia VXR last year.

The GSi also uses adaptive dampers that come as part of its the mechatronic Flexride chassis system. The technology continually adapts damping rates and also enables adjustments to the car’s steering, and throttle and gearbox responses.

Four drive modes are included: Standard, Tour and Sport, as well as a Competition mode, which lowers the interference of the car’s electronic stability control. Double tapping the button switches it off completely.

The GSi gets four-pot Brembo brakes and 18in wheels (20s are optional). It also features bespoke leather upholstered sports seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and metal pedals.

Following the GSi’s launch, Vauxhall will add a diesel variant, although it is yet to reveal further details for that car.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/...gnia-gsi-launched-torque-vectoring-technology

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252bhp (188kw) Vauxhall Insignia GSi launched with torque vectoring technology

Current range-topper is quicker around the Nürburgring than the previous and more potent Insignia VXR

The hottest version yet of the current Vauxhall Insignia, the 252bhp GSi, will be launched at the Frankfurt motor show this September.

The car is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that outputs 295lb ft (400 NM) and is mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.

Vauxhall says the car can lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife faster then the previous-generation Insignia’s range topping VXR model, despite giving away 69bhp.

It says the reason for the quicker pace is the car’s improved agility, helped by the new Insignia’s 160kg lighter kerbweight and new four-wheel drive system that offers torque vectoring at the back.

The driveline uses a GKN Twinster twin-clutch differential (as do the Ford Focus RS and Range Rover Evoque) to power the rear wheels, splitting torque independently to improve traction. At the front, power is distributed via a more conventional electronic differential lock, which imitates a mechanical diff by braking wheels experiencing slip.

Autocar sampled the system on a GKN test mule that was based on the previous-generation Insignia VXR last year.

The GSi also uses adaptive dampers that come as part of its the mechatronic Flexride chassis system. The technology continually adapts damping rates and also enables adjustments to the car’s steering, and throttle and gearbox responses.

Four drive modes are included: Standard, Tour and Sport, as well as a Competition mode, which lowers the interference of the car’s electronic stability control. Double tapping the button switches it off completely.

The GSi gets four-pot Brembo brakes and 18in wheels (20s are optional). It also features bespoke leather upholstered sports seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and metal pedals.

Following the GSi’s launch, Vauxhall will add a diesel variant, although it is yet to reveal further details for that car.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/...gnia-gsi-launched-torque-vectoring-technology

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Is that the actual car? Looks good, but what's up with that three section rear window arrangement?
 

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Is that the actual car? Looks good, but what's up with that three section rear window arrangement?
I believe its the first images of the Insignia GSi. More GSI models will follow.

I think it looks great. Just the right balance of sportiness & executive-ness.
 

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Is that the actual car? Looks good, but what's up with that three section rear window arrangement?
They probably did that so that the window can wind all the way down. A longer window would probably not be able to wind down 100% and stop a certain distance from the absolute bottom
 

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2018 Opel Insignia GSi

Sharper, more precise, even more efficient. The new Opel Insignia GSi is a sports sedan for those who like something special. A driver's car for maximum fun on all kinds of roads. The chassis with its very dynamic set-up and the particularly high level of grip, in combination with all-wheel drive, ensures a rewarding driving experience as well as maximum safety. The new eight-speed automatic transmission can be operated via shift-paddles at the steering wheel - like a racing car - for an even more active driving experience. Typical of the new Insignia-generation is the combination of lightweight design, low center of gravity and 2.0-liter turbo power. This results in excellent balance and a very good power to weight ratio. Such internal values deserve a special exterior. With large chrome air-intakes at the front and a neat rear spoiler for the necessary downforce on the rear axle, the GSi's looks perfectly match the performance. The leather upholstered, integrated sports seats (specially developed for the GSi), the leather sports steering wheel and the aluminum pedals add the finishing touches.

Fine tuning in the best Opel tradition has led to the most efficient Insignia ever that makes the new GSi dynamically different to the already agile Insignia Grand Sport. A new level of modern sportiness characterized by superb grip and razor-sharp precision - talents that fans of sporty midsize sedans will appreciate, which can also be seen on the stop watch. "The new Insignia GSi is clearly quicker over one lap of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife than the more powerful Insignia OPC of the previous generation" concluded Director Performance Cars & Motorsport, Volker Strycek after testing. One of the reasons is that the GSi is 160 kilograms lighter than a comparable Insignia OPC 2.8 V6 Turbo. Just like a lean athlete.

"It is this combination of low weight - especially on the front axle - low center of gravity, easy handling, high power over a wide rpm-band and best traction which makes the GSi so fast" says an enthusiastic Strycek. "That is pure efficiency. The high grip level is perfect for the Nordschleife and a fun-to-drive as well as safety advantage on public roads."

On the "Green Hell": the toughest race track in the world

The finishing touches were put to the Insignia GSi on the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Here in the Eifel mountains Opel runs a test center for setting up its performance cars. The Opel engineers have developed an all-new chassis for the GSi on the Nürburgring, which triple F1 world champion Jackie Stewart famously described as the "Green Hell". Shorter springs lower the GSi by 10 millimeters and special sports shock absorbers reduce body movements to a minimum. The powerful Brembo four-cylinder brakes (diameter 345 millimeter) and the already direct steering were adapted accordingly. The Insignia GSi is equipped as standard with the mechatronic FlexRide chassis. It adapts shock absorbers and steering in fractions of a second; the control unit also changes the calibration of the accelerator pedal and the shift points of the eight-speed automatic. The driver can choose between Standard, Tour and Sport modes. Subject to the chosen mode, steering and throttle-response is then even more direct. Exclusive to the GSi is the Competition mode, which is activated via the ESP button. A double-press allows skillful drivers more yaw and switches off traction control - for a fast lap of the Nordschleife, for example

The sports-chassis, developed in combination with the extra grippy Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires and big 20-inch wheels, offers almost limpet-like levels of adhesion. A major contribution comes from the all-wheel drive with torque vectoring fitted as standard, which is unique in this segment. In this high-tech system a conventional differential on the rear axle is replaced by two clutches, which can accelerate each rear wheel individually in fractions of a second, depending on the driving situation. Annoying understeer, where the front wheels push towards the outside of the corner, is therefore almost banished from the Insignia GSi. In other words, the GSi takes a neat line through a series of turns.

The sports sedan is powered by an impressive gasoline turbo engine that combines fuel efficiency with performance. The powerful 2.0-liter turbo produces 191 kW (260 hp) and develops generous torque of 400 Newton meters (NEDC fuel consumption: 11.2 liters per 100 km urban; 7.1 l/100 km extra-urban; 8.6 l/100 km combined; 197 g/km CO2). The four-cylinder unit is mated to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. The driver has the option of shifting gears via paddles at the steering wheel. With the transmission shifting automatically the driver can even preselect the shift points in Standard and Sport modes. In addition to the 2.0-liter gasoline turbo, the GSi will also offer a powerful new diesel engine.

Sporty features: from new Opel performance sport seat to rear spoiler

The sporty capabilities of the Opel Insignia GSi are matched by design cues, technology-highlights and accessories. At the top of the list is the new sports seat developed by Opel, which provides increased lateral support as well as long-distance comfort. The premium sports seat is AGR-certified (Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.) and therefore ergonomically ideal. Just like in the Insignia Grand Sport it offers ventilation, heating, massage and adjustable side bolsters. In the GSi the tall seatback also features an integrated head restraint. The routing of the seatbelt at shoulder level is ideal, which is not a given for integral seats. The customer can choose from two leather combinations, each decorated with a GSi emblem. The logo also proudly adorns the rear of the car, which carries an efficient spoiler for the required downforce on the rear axle. The rear apron looks similar to a diffusor and features two chrome-edged exhaust pipes. Similarly chrome-edged air-intakes are located ahead of the front wheels. Fans will also appreciate the appropriate ambience in the interior, such as in the flattened lower area of the leather-wrapped steering wheel, the aluminum pedals and the black ceiling - in the best style of a very special sports sedan.

33-year tradition: the GSi models from Opel

The Opel Insignia GSi continues a long tradition of sporty Opel cars named GSi. The first to stir up excitement were the Manta GSi and the Kadett GSi (115 hp from 1.8-liters) in 1984. Only four years later the 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve engine in the Kadett 2.0 GSi 16V delivered 150 hp. The first Astra also featured this engine and in 1993 there was a 1.8-liter 125 hp alternative in the Astra GSi. There was also a GSi with various generations of the Corsa, beginning with the 100 hp Corsa A (1988) that has become a much sought-after classic. At the (provisional!) end of the line was the Corsa D in August 2012.

https://www.netcarshow.com/opel/2018-insignia_gsi/

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Only four years later the 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve engine in the Kadett 2.0 GSi 16V delivered 150 hp.
this was the best engine they made and I doubt they will be able to replicate it, since the head engineer effectively could do whatever he wanted

the superboss made 165hp, all motor NA and was the first FWD car with factory fitted LSD
 

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my beloved GSi "T" car with digital dashboard

this was just after I bought it 2nd hand.

I would soon strip it, re spray it and redo the engine completely - balanced / ported / 284 deg Irmsha cam / cowley exhaust / dropped suspension.

what a fun car that was ;)


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