Vauxhall Reveals Insignia BiTurbo
From the outside, it may seem that Vauxhall is ignoring environmental concerns and going back to the old fashioned way of selling cars – by adding power and a badge like with its Insignia BiTurbo.
However, at a closer look, you will see this is not the case. The new Vauxhall Insignia BiTurbo uses the standard 2.0 CDTi diesel engine that currently sees service in the Insignia, Astra and Zafira Tourer range, with the addition of a second turbocharger increasing power from 158- to 192bhp, making it the most powerful diesel engine the Luton marque has ever produced.
The twin-sequential turbo set up has a small turbo which kicks in early to defeat lag by providing 258lb.ft of torque from just 1,500rpm.
In the mid-range both turbochargers work in tandem delivering peak torque of 295lb.ft between 1,750- and 2,500rpm with the larger unit standing alone from 3,000rpm.
The extra power of the single-turbo 2.0-litre engine sees the 0-60mph time reduce to 8.2 seconds, yet despite the performance upgrade the BiTurbo achieves a combined 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 129g/km.
The Insignia BiTurbo comes in either a five-door hatch or Sports Tourer guise and will be available with either a front or four-wheel drive. The front-wheel drive cars gain Vauxhall’s FlexRide adaptive damping (normally £790) that can ‘learn’ how the car is being driven and adapt damper settings accordingly.
The Insignia BiTurbo is on sale now with prices starting from £27,120 for the SRi 2.0 CDTi hatchback model and rising to £33,320 for the Elite 2.0 CDTi Sports Tourer with automatic gearbox.