• Mar 30, 2009
2010 Opel Insignia OPC - Click above for a high-res gallery

Although the Opel Insignia OPC was a no-show at the Geneva Motor Show, work is still underway on the hottest version of Opel's mid-sized sedan. Early reports indicated that the OPC variant will be motivated by a 320-hp, twin-turbocharged V6 powering all four wheels, with sedan, hatchback and wagon body styles available at launch. Although these newest spy shots show 19-inch wheels, when the production version debuts – likely at the Frankfurt Motor Show – expect 20-inch hoops, upgraded rubber and brakes to be fitted at all four corners, along with a revised suspension and a more aggressive fascia. The OPC and its Vauxhall Insignia VXR counterpart are expected to go on sale abroad later this year or early next. Too bad Saturn is flailing – this could've made a great Redline model.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of John Carpenter's "The Thing" with the creature looking like several different animals. Very pot luck. The rear angles look a little strange together. Still, looks nice...
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they build (LaCrosse Super), I PROMISE I'll buy it. Course I see that way too much on blog sits.

      Anyhow, it looks to be a real contender. Hopefully they won't pull the same BS that was their excuse to not bring the Astra OPC over here or the Vectra OPC. I see the emissions claim being even less valid here as this engine is likely done by Saab (Saab usually does GM turbo-6s like the current 2.8T), and they excel at emissions.

      Either way, I don't see why they don't just shove the Malibu's grille on this and save themselves the money. THIS is badge-engineering the people want.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, will this have the catastrophic understeer the last model had?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The catastrophic understeer the Stig displayed to make a point? The way he was driving it, the sainted Mondeo ST220 would have fared no better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In looks this car seems great! I wish GM would bring it here as a Buick or whatever, just bring it, unaltered, even keep the grill and put a Buick symbol in it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Almost every new sedan came with BMWish C-pillar. From Passat to Pontiac G8, from current Accord (a little bit boxy C-pillar as well) to Lexus GS, and the new LaCrosse and Lincoln MKS too. This style is kinda satured IMO
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm ….. I think some of these design cues will be incorporated into the refresh of the Chevy Malibu.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what something like this would cost if GM were to build and offer it in the US as a Saturn or Buick?

      Looks nice enough from the pictures but that does not mean much without ever actually driving one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hopefully better than the old Vectra VXR - that car had ridiculous torque steer, not to mention ridiculous insurance premiums and ridiculous depreciation. And you look like a sales rep on steroids.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Casa, the difference between you and I is that I live with VXRs - you do not. In fact, you never have and your blind love of GM means you can only comment from pretty pictures and not actual experience.

      I can buy a mid-range 3-series or IS for £25K and in each case, the car handles well, attracts reasonable insurance premiums, and will still be worth 40-45% of its value after three years' average mileage.

      A Vectra VXR, however, would also cost £25K and for that, I have a sales rep's car dressed in a fancy frock, with a p*ss-poor image, handles well if you like steering into corners at speed and flying in a straight line through a hedge in the process, attracts ridiculous insurance premiums and will only be worth 30% after three years.

      So, what sold more of these three? That's right, the 3-series, followed by the IS, while Vectra VXRs are as common as rocking horse sh*t.

      In other words - it's one of the worst Vauxhalls money can buy. You're better off with a regular Insignia instead ... it'll still lost two-thirds of its value, but far less costly to run and maintain and drives just as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, but there IS attraction to having a car with such an image that SURPRISES some takers that thought "But it was just a _____." For example, how many ENTHUSIASTS would line up their new CTS 3.6DI next to a Camry SE V-6 and think "It's a Camry with some kit ... easy." Yet the Camry runs with it all the way through the quarter.

        Now you may have a point in the EDM market, but in the USDM market, those premium sedans and these sport family sedans are in two different brackets price wise. A loaded Camry SE V-6, Fusion Sport V-6, or 6s Grand Touring costs about 32K and change and deliver superior performance to, say, the IS250 and 328i. The Lexus starts at 32K and has no where near the room or accleration that those cars have, and doesn't really handle much better than some of those either. A 328i starts at almost 34K, and are you really gonna buy a stripped Lexus or BMW? No, you'll end up with some toys and a price in the high 30s.

        So yeah they might be better cars, but the price reflects that, too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "YUP!!! I'm a DOMESTIC FANBOY... YUP... because I live in America, and see that only the weak minded sheep of this country seem smitten by anything that comes outta Japan."

      Incredible that you vehemently support a German car like the Insignia, then.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chevy should drop the malibu line altogether because the branding is toxic. Then bring over the Insignia as their flagship sedan
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it me or does it look like an Audi in that picture?
        • 5 Years Ago
        with a spot for an acura grill.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Beautiful car. Probably a Saturn if it makes it stateside.
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