When the Insignia Grand Sport is launched later this year, drivers will notice how much more grip and sure footedness the new generation saloon has. And that will be because the Opel will see the introduction of all-wheel drive and torque vectoring technology.
This will of course allow the car to put down more of its power when the conditions become rather testing such as wet or icy roads. But usually, all-wheel drive systems can add unwanted weight to a vehicle and this in turn affects the way it performs however the new Insignia will use a Twinster all-wheel drive system with a rear drive module (it has a twin clutch and no differential) which can apply torque to one or both of the rear wheels independently. And when you’ll tackle a corner, higher torque will be sent to the outside rear wheel to help the car turn with more precision.
“The new generation Opel Insignia sets new benchmarks for midsize automobiles” says William F. Bertagni, vice president vehicle engineering Europe. “Torque vectoring represents the state-of-the-art in transmitting power to the road. The new Insignia with torque vectoring all-wheel drive matches the best in the industry when it comes to ‘fun-to-drive’.”
No powertrain details are known as of yet but what’s for certain is that it’ll serve as a pretty decent rival against the likes of the Jaguar XE all-wheel drive and the BMW 3 Series xDrive.