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Opel Insignia GSI gets practical, sporty Corsa S priced


Having taken the covers off the Insignia GSI last week, Opel has continued its performance offence with the station wagon Insignia GSI Sport Tourer, and a warm version of the Corsa simply known as the S.

Corsa S

Slotting in below the OPC and taking after the Adam S, the Corsa S receives a bodykit similar to that of its faster sibling, as well as 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, chrome exhaust tip, rear wing, coloured coded diffuser and LED daytime running lights. Inside, the interior gets Recaro sport seats, a flat-bottomed multi-function sport steering wheel, piano key black inserts and contrasting red stitching. A standard fitment is Opel's touchscreen Intellilink touchscreen infotainment system.

Available with either three or five doors, the S swaps the OPC's 1.6-litre turbocharged for the Adam S' 1.4-litre turbo, which develops 110 kW and 220 Nm of torque. Linked to a six-speed manual gearbox, Opel claims the S will go from 0-100 km/h in 8.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 207 km/h.

In its home market, prices for the Corsa S start at €18 400 (R2788 16) or at €19 085 (R289 196) for the five door. As it will likely clash with the similarly powered Corsa Sport, the S is not expected to become available in South Africa anytime soon.

Insignia GSI Sport Tourer

Expected to debut alongside the Grand Sport GSI at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the station wagon version of the revived GSI gets the same aesthetics tweaks, but with added practicality in the form of a boot measuring 1 640-litres with the rear seats folded flat.

Like the Grand Sport, the Sport Tourer packs a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine developing 191 kW and 400 Nm of torque, mated to a eight-speed automatic gearbox with the grunt send to all four wheels via a Twinster all-wheel drive system. No performance figures have yet been released.

While not expected to debut on local shores anytime soon, it remains to be seen whether the GSI sedan and indeed the regular Grand Sport would be given the go-ahead in light of Williams Hunt taking over Opel's distribution from January next year.

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