Opel / Vauxhall Insignia BiTurbo introduced

Opel Insignia BiTurbo - 5.12.2011
Opel Insignia BiTurbo - 5.12.2011

Top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph)

Opel and Vauxhall have introduced the new Insignia BiTurbo.

As the name implies, the model has a twin-turbo 2.0-liter diesel engine with 194 PS (143 kW / 192 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 8.7 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph).

In terms of efficiency, owners can expect to average up to 4.9 l/100 km (48 mpg US / 57.6 UK) with CO2 emissions of 129 g/km CO2.

The Insignia BiTurbo will be available in a variety of body styles and pricing starts at €33,405 (£27,120 OTR).

Source: Opel

Exclusive sequential double-turbo technology for Opel Insignia

  • New 2.0 CDTI BiTurbo with unique intercooler system, front and all-wheel drive
  • Agile, responsive and fluid power delivery: 143 kW/195 hp, 400 Nm torque
  • Fuel consumption, emissions as low as 4.9 l/100 km (129 g/km CO2)
  • SuperSport chassis with high performance strut now offered on all Insignia AWD
  • New, radar-based driver assistance systems further boost safety

Rüsselsheim. Opel continues to enhance and refine its highly successful flagship, the Insignia. As of January 2012, Opel crowns the diesel offering with a new, dynamic yet highly efficient BiTurbo engine. The 2.0-liter CDTI power unit not only delivers 143 kW/195 hp and 400 Nm of torque; fuel consumption starts as low as 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers (129 g/km CO2). The Insignia BiTurbo is thus one of the most fuel efficient mid-size cars.

The highlight of the four-cylinder common rail engine is the sequential double turbo system with two charging stages. This technology has so far been limited to a few higher priced brands. However, Opel is now making it accessible to a wider segment of customers. Buyers have the option to combine the new engine with front or all-wheel drive (AWD). The Insignia 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI is available in all body styles starting at 33,405 Euro.

In the New Year, there will be more innovations in the Opel Insignia range. Every AWD variant can now be ordered with a SuperSport chassis featuring the front suspension from the Insignia OPC (Opel Performance Center) with high performance struts (HiPerStrut). This gives their driving dynamics an even sharper edge. In addition, new radar-based driver assistance systems further enhance active safety in the Insignia.

Intelligent BiTurbo technology boosts performance and cuts fuel consumption

The new 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI engine with 143 kW/195 hp and 400 Nm of torque is designed to deliver especially agile, responsive and fluid performance under acceleration. The Insignia BiTurbo accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.7 seconds and has a top speed of 230 km/h. Fuel consumption and emissions however remain extremely low. The front-wheel drive notchback versions only use 4.9 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (129 g CO2/km). All versions with manual transmission are equipped with Start/Stop, making the Insignia one of the most fuel efficient mid-size cars.

"In this class of power and torque, six-cylinder diesel engines with around three liter displacements are the usual choice. With our BiTurbo technology smaller engines produce even more output while enabling 30 percent lower fuel consumption and emissions," says Insignia chief engineer, Volker Scharf. "This is a very good example of successful ‘downsizing' by Opel."

Sequential charging puts an end to turbo lag

In the Insignia's innovative BiTurbo system two turbochargers of different sizes work either separately or together. Among its competitors, Opel is the only manufacturer in the mid-size car segment to offer this sophisticated sequential turbocharging system in a diesel engine. The smaller turbocharger accelerates especially quickly at low engine speeds. This means the accelerator pedal responds without delay and the undesired "turbo lag" effect is prevented. Starting at 1500 rpm, the driver can already draw on 350 Nm - the average torque figure for powerful mid-size class diesels.

In the mid-range of rpm both turbochargers operate together, with the larger turbocharger pre-compressing the intake air, before it is fully compressed in the smaller one. A bypass valve is controlled continuously to pass on part of the exhaust gases to the larger turbo. As a result, the driver continues to enjoy powerful acceleration.

At higher rpm (from around 3000 rpm) all the gases flow directly to the larger turbocharger, maintaining the fluid power delivery at higher speeds.

The main focus in the development in the 2.0 CDTI BiTurbo engine was to ensure a rapid build-up of charge air pressure in the low rpm range, while giving the accelerator added responsiveness in the mid rpm range. The engine air is ideally adjusted according to the rpm range and the needs of the two turbochargers of different size. At low rpms an additional, water-cooled intercooler that is exclusively linked to the small turbocharger ensures that the small volume of air passes in a short and direct path to the combustion chamber. In the mid rpm range, the bigger and more powerful turbocharger becomes increasingly involved. Its larger stream of air is cooled by the bigger, conventional intercooler. Opel is the first car brand to use such a "twin cooler system".

Opel has further optimized its engine efficiency by employing its innovative Cleantech technology which controls the combustion process via a closed loop electronic circuit. Sensors fitted to the glow plugs measure the pressure 130,000 times per minute, ensuring that the engine always operates in the optimum window of maximum performance, as well as minimum fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The third generation Common Rail direct injection system which runs at pressures of up to 2,000 bar, passes on fuel to ultra-precise, piezoelectrically activated nozzles which deliver up to eight injections per work cycle. This provides a very precise combustion process with minimized noise and emissions. .

With the new top-of-the-line 2.0 CDTI BiTurbo, the Opel Insignia range now boasts a spectrum of four common-rail direct injection turbo diesels with power outputs ranging from 81 kW/110 hp to 143 kW/195 hp.

Unparalleled offer in the mid-size segment

While the September 2011 model year enhancement of the Insignia family was particularly focused on lowering the fuel consumption of its best-selling models (new 1.4 Turbo ecoFLEX gasoline with only 134 g/km CO2 and new version of the 118 kW/160 hp, 2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX with only 115g CO2), the new features introduced early 2012 add significant premium qualities and technologies to Opel´s flagship model. The new 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI is available in all Insignia body variants -four-door hatchback, five door sedan and the Sports Tourer station wagon. Customers can also opt for a six-speed manual or automatic transmission as well as for front or all-wheel drive (with rear electronic slip differential).

Driving dynamics can be further enhanced by the optional mechatronic adaptive FlexRide chassis system. This level of choice is unparalleled in the mid-size segment.

SuperSport Chassis with High Performance Strut available for all Insignia 4x4

Another major innovation for all four-wheel drive versions of the Insignia is the optionally available SuperSport chassis. This technology which was previously confined to the sporty top-of-the-line OPC model (Opel Performance Center) is now being made available to a wider scope of customers. The package comprises the mechatronic FlexRide system complete with electronically adaptive damping system, a high performance Brembo brake system and the HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) front wheel suspension known from the 325 hp Insignia OPC which further optimizes handling and steering precision.

New radar-based driver assistance systems further enhance safety

Not only performance enhancing features have been given a sharper edge: active safety has also received a significant boost thanks to a new radar system located behind the front grille. Insignia customers can now opt for the radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The new system maintains the selected speed during cruising, yet automatically adjusts the vehicle speed according to traffic conditions to secure a pre-set safety distance with vehicles ahead. Further functionalities are available in conjunction with the radar system: The Following Distance Indication (FDI) informs the driver visually about the distance to the car ahead; the Forward Collision Alert (FCA) provides a visual and an audible signal to warn the driver of an imminent collision with the car ahead; and the Collision Imminent Braking (CIB) automatically decelerates the vehicle if the risk of a collision is detected.

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Comments (17)

nahidrahman nahidrahman
i want this engine in my Alfa
Dec 6th, 2011 3:27pm
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trailer trailer
Saab's old website had a very nice animation about the working principals of the bi-turbo diesel, when you open the throttle you would see which turbo is engaged.
Dec 6th, 2011 2:26pm
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trailer trailer
Opel has been working on this (check the older pages of WCF) biturbo diesel, and on the other hand Saab has got it 2-3 years ago, but the outcome was less as far as I remember.
Dec 6th, 2011 2:24pm
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trailer trailer
Oh la la... This is one of the most anticipated engines since 2009, and for the a.m. comments, what I agree is that Insignia is a really heavy, upper class wannabe, yet so well handling car, imagine u can also get a 4x4, and the reviewers say that it drives like gliding on railway.
Dec 6th, 2011 2:21pm
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Anyone know where Opel got this engine from? Is it their own or someone else's like their old Fiat or Isuzu or whatever petrol ones?
Dec 6th, 2011 7:08am
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saytamaner saytamaner
Fiat and GM jointly developed this engine's ancestors. After the break-up, both parties agreed to share intellectual properties of their common-rail diesel engine family and they started to develop their own versions. So now this engine is Opel's own but you can see its roots looking at its bore & stroke dimensions and displacement, they are exactly the same with Fiat group's current 2.0 Multijet/JTD.
Dec 6th, 2011 10:01pm
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A bit disappointing top speed, but the rest is fine.
Dec 5th, 2011 11:06pm
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djcocum djcocum
I think 230 kph for a 193hp car is perfectly reasonable.
Dec 6th, 2011 12:37am
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Alux Alux
Yet for £1000 more you can get a Mercedes E-Class, which is similar size and better specced. Sure its a bit slower, but, who cares? This Insignia is too expensive.
Dec 5th, 2011 8:23pm
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progressive progressive
Dec 5th, 2011 10:08pm
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Madness Madness
I don't know where you get your facts, but they are very wrong. Firstly, if you want a similar powered E class, theres either the E220cdi (170bhp) which starts at £30,095, or the E250cdi (204bhp) for £31,715. Sure if its not power that you're worried about, you could always buy a 130bhp or 160bhp Insignia. Secondly, the Insignia Elite is just as well specced as any E-class, in fact even better. Not only does it have adaptive xenon headlight which dip automatically (which vaux/opel had released before merc released this feature on the E-class), but it has a bluetooth phone kit, automatic wipers, automatic dipping rear view and door mirrors, heated leather sports seats, parking sensors, climate control, cruise control, electric parking brake etc... Not to mention that the insignia was voted the most reliable car in 2010. And also the fact that it has outsold both the mondeo and the 3-series this year. So just to round up, the Insignia is cheaper, more powerful, better equipped, better built and better looking than the E-class.
Dec 5th, 2011 10:16pm
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If your facts are true then good job from Opel. They ve come a long distance in the last decade. I will seriously look into this car.
Dec 6th, 2011 7:05am
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progressive progressive
Opel is making some really quallity cars, but they are heavy, so 400Nm of torque is totaly needed. Great, great incline line for this brand.
Dec 5th, 2011 8:22pm
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dethom dethom
what is the efficiency or advantage of bi turbo?
Dec 5th, 2011 6:42pm
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Tempelona Tempelona
I believe it has better torque from the start or in other case turbo feel continues after 3000 rpm.
Dec 5th, 2011 7:15pm
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Madness Madness
A biturbo is essentially a smaller and a larger turbo. It gives the power of a car fitted with a massive turbo, while the small turbo minimizes the massive lag that is associated with massive turbos.
Dec 5th, 2011 10:19pm
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OK Opel, you got my attention for a diesel for the first time.
Dec 5th, 2011 5:53pm
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