Opel is pretty confident its upcoming 2018 Insignia Grand Sport will reset the bar of what sedans are capable of within its segment and price point. We’re told it’s going to look good, drive well and outperform the current Insignia in every single way.
The latest from Opel is news on the Insignia Grand Sport’s new “Adaptive FlexRide” chassis, which adopts dampers, steering and propulsion automatically or via the selectable ‘Standard’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Tour’ modes. Of course, all of this was developed and perfected at the famed Nurburgring.
“You can feel that the Insignia has been developed from a white sheet of paper as soon as you get into the car. The integration of the driver is outstanding and this provides a much better feel for the car. The Insignia has become much more agile, even with the same engine,” said Insignia chief engineer, Andreas Zipser.
The FlexRide chassis electro hydraulically adapts the dampers to the road and the prevailing driving situation 500 times per second or 30,000 times per minutes, and the driver can save personal preferences for the steering characteristics, throttle response and dampers via the ‘Sport’ button.
Opel also provided a basic outline of what to expect from each mode, which will likely find its way to our 2018 Buick Regal. Each mode is described as follows:
- Standard: The automatic control selects the best set-up based on the information collected by the vehicle sensors.
- Tour: Comfortable chassis configuration, propulsion settings for favorably consumption – the right mode for relaxing long-distance drives.
- Sport: Brake dive is reduced, the chassis angles considerably less when cornering at high speeds and the steering provides more direct feedback on the road conditions.
If the 2018 Insignia Grand Sport turns out to be the capable performer the brand is painting it as, we simply can’t wait to see what happens with a next-generation Insignia OPC. Look for the new Insignia Grand Sport to debut in March of 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show.