As such, it’s no wonder the pixel masters are already looking into the future... with an eye toward the past. This is because it was back in 2017 when Opel resurrected the famous GSi branding for a sporty Insignia and here’s hoping it will start a new age tradition with a possible Astra GSi derivative. Naturally, the virtual artist behind the X-Tomi Design account has already taken the liberty of proposing the unofficial conversion, complete with new alloy wheels, a subtle body kit, as well as a black hood to go nicely alongside the dark roof.
We appreciate the effort, but we feel that no one should hold their breath over this turning into reality. After all, the Stellantis brands are all looking towards an electrified future, and the new Astra already comes with a rather feisty 225 ps (222 hp) plug-in hybrid option in stock form. So, perhaps it would be wiser to look instead at the recent Manta GSe ElektroMOD one-off effort.
After all, it would be interesting to see if Opel decides to compete with the VW Golf GTE/GTI/GTD trio – considering it’s already just shy of the 245-horsepower threshold exhibited by the GTE and GTI versions. So, would it be preposterous to assume that Stellantis could work out a more powerful PHEV assembly to capture the heart and soul of the performance audience?