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Best diesel power for Insignia

2011-12-07 10:12

DIESEL POWER: Opel’s Insignia will receive a power boost courtesy of the German automaker’s diesel powerplant capable of 400Nm of torque.

LUTON, England - Opel's most powerful diesel engine yet is now available in the Insignia range, producing about 146kW and 400Nm of torque but with a low CO2 emissions rating at 129g/km.

The new model, known as the Insignia BiTurbo, will be available in either the five-door hatch or sports tourer, priced at the rand equivalent of R339 116 (before SA taxes).

The potent, twin-sequential turbocharged diesel is based on the existing 1956cc unit which features in the Insignia, Astra and new Zafira Tourer range.


The engine produces up to 26kW more power and 50Nm of extra torque, reducing the 0-100km/h time by nearly one second to 8.2 seconds (Insignia Hatchback).

What makes the Insignia BiTurbo unique is its use of sequential turbocharging, with the smaller turbo accelerating quickly at lower engine speeds to eliminate "lag", providing 350Nm of torque from just 1500rpm.

In the mid-range, both turbochargers work together, with a bypass valve allowing gases to flow from the small to large unit; during this phase, maximum torque of 400Nm is produced between 1750-2500rpm.

Opel Insignia

FLEXRIDE SYSTEM: The FlexRide adaptive damping on the Insignia will adapt to your driving style. On FWD models FlexRide is integrated with the car’s 'torque transfer device' and the rear axle’s electronic limited-slip differential.

The new engine is complemented by the German automaker's FlexRide adaptive damping which reacts to driver inputs and adapt damper settings accordingly. Drivers can also select Tour and Sport modes, and configure the throttle, steering and damper settings in the latter.

In common with other models in the Insignia range, the BiTurbo has the option of Opel's new Front Camera System, with traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Still no word on whether the Insignia will arrive on SA shores as General Motors Caroline Thomas explains: We plan to evaluate all Opel products deemed suitable for the SA market and the decision to introduce any product will be based on the fundamentals of integral value to the brand, volume opportunity and profitability."

We'll take that as a "maybe"...

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