Something interesting is going on inside of Opel. The brand recently revealed its version of the 2018 Buick Regal GS, the Opel Insignia GSi with the outgoing Regal GS’ 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Those familiar with Opel will note the “OPC” badge is missing this time around.
Opel’s re-installment of the iconic GSi badge begs a few questions: will there be a true Insignia OPC? If so, will it gain the 2018 Buick Regal GS’ 3.6-liter LGX V6 engine? It also begs this question: will Buick offer a separate Regal GS with the 2.0-liter LTG turbo-four?
To be clear, Buick does offer the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as a standard engine for the 2018 Regal Sportback and Regal TourX. However, it’s detuned to 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The Insignia GSi uses this identical engine, but it features the old Regal GS’ specifications: 260 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
This may leave an opening for the 2.0-liter engine with an increased output to return to the GS’ lineup, potentially under a different badge.
This is purely speculation, but it does seem plausible at the moment. Especially if Opel plans a staggered launch for the GSi and a true Insignia OPC with a larger more-powerful engine. Buick could pull a similar move, but that remains to be seen.