When I first heard words like "Turbo", "4x4" and "Opel" I immediately thought about the Calibra Turbo 4x4 or the similarly-themed "nineteen ninety something Vectra". Now those were very cool cars back in the 1990s, especially coming from a boring car manufacturer like Opel.
I remember when I used to live back in South-East Europe there were only two kinds of Opels around: Astra Caravans, Vectra sedans and liftbacks and riced out Calibras. Okay, that's three actually. Oh wait, I mean four... Nevermind! There were only a few Opel models you could see on the streets.
By far, the most impressive were of course the riced-out Calibras, engulfed in fiberglass body kits made with duct tape and bondo, with oversized fart cans instead of a normal exhaust and puny 115 horsepower two-liter engines. They were much more impressive in the flesh, trust me.
Anyway, they say that this Insignia 2.0 Turbo 4x4 is like a spiritual successor to the Opel Vectra 2.0 Turbo 4x4 from the 1990s, which was kind of like the fastest stock Opel sedan ever. Well, after knocking on the hood I quickly discovered that the new version of a fast Opel medium sedan is actually slower than the old one.
In other words, what exactly is the point of making it, don't Opel guys believe in evolution, as in making future generations of a car faster? Plus, I hear that they're also rebadging this very same car as a Buick for the US market. Ha! Just in time to remind people that Buicks are meant to be slow, right?
Overall, this is not exactly a bad car, but the hype about it soon vanishes right after you realize that those 220 horsepower seem more like 150 each time you smash the throttle to the floor. Too bad, really, because the car actually looks the part.