• Apr 15, 2011
Opel Insignia OPC 'Unlimited' – Click above for high-res image gallery

In its current form, the 325-horsepower Opel Insignia OPC (you know, the car that the upcoming 255-hp Buick Regal GS was supposed to but sadly won't replicate) will carry speeds of up to 155 miles per hour before its electronic nannies kick in and prevent your speedometer's needle to climb any higher. But since European buyers are able to take their cars onto the unrestricted Autobahn, Opel has now created a special version of the OPC – dubbed 'Unlimited' – that removes its top-end cut-off.

With its electronic limiter removed, Opel says that the Insignia OPC will reach speeds as high as 168 mph. This new top speed only applies to OPC sedans fitted with the automaker's six-speed manual transmission.

Unlimited models are visually distinguished by blue Brembo brake logos, as well as a revised tachometer and speedometer. Opel says that a special edition of the Unlimited OPC with a matte black wrap is also in the works. Buyers will also automatically be enrolled in an OPC performance driving training course at the automaker's proving grounds in Dudenhofen, Germany, where they will learn how to properly manage the driving dynamics of this delicious performance sedan.

If you ask us, 155 mph is plenty fast, especially for a public road like the Autobahn. But if you're on a closed track with a long straightaway, that added 13 mph will no doubt come in handy. Click past the jump for Opel's official press release.

[Source: General Motors]
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Opel Insignia OPC 'Unlimited' with 270 km/h Top Speed

- Removal of electronic 250 km/h maximum speed restriction
- OPC safe driving training included in purchase

Rüsselsheim. The 239 kW/325 hp high-performance variant of the Opel Insignia – distinguished by the iconic letters 'OPC' – is now also available as an 'Unlimited' version without an electronically-restricted top speed. This top model in the Opel product portfolio, with all-wheel drive as standard, will fully exploit the potential of the vehicle's driving dynamics, offering maximum speeds of up to 270 km/h (sedan, with manual transmission).

"We are responding to frequently expressed customer wishes," says Alain Visser, Vice President Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Adam Opel AG. "Insignia OPC buyers are generally experienced and responsible drivers who want to enjoy the full technical possibilities of their car."

The Opel Insignia OPC 'Unlimited' is visually distinguished by a blue Brembo logo and a newly-designed tachometer and speedometer. A special edition of the vehicle is also planned with a matt black wrapping.

The performance flagship of the Opel model range comes with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission in all body styles. These comprise a four-door notchback and a five-door hatchback, as well as the Sports Tourer OPC station wagon, twice voted "Sportscar of the Year" (2009, 2010) by the German magazine "Auto Bild sportscars".

The 'Unlimited' customer package includes an OPC performance driving training course on the Opel proving grounds in Dudenhofen. Owners will learn how to exploit the driving dynamics of their vehicle even more safely and confidently, under the supervision of Opel brand ambassador Joachim Winkelhock and instructors with motor sports experience.

The driving performance of the new 'Unlimited' variant is identical to that of the speed-restricted versions, apart from the higher top speed. Insignia OPCs can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 6.0 to 6.6 seconds, depending on bodystyle and transmission. Combined-cycle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions range from 10.6 l/100 km and 249 g/km to 11.0 l/100 km and 259 g/km.

Powertrain alternative: the new 6-speed automatic transmission

The new 6-speed automatic transmission combines sporty dynamics and driving comfort at an especially high level, offering an attractive alternative to manual shift versions. Alongside the automatic function, a further shift mode is also available, enabling the driver to shift gears manually – optionally via steering wheel paddles. The transmission control system is linked to the Insignia OPC's mechatronic FlexRide chassis. In addition to a standard setting giving balanced all-wheel drive characteristics for everyday driving, there are two further driver-selectable modes: 'Sport' gives more agility and more direct vehicle responses, while 'OPC' mode offers the ultimate 'hard-edged' experience in uncompromised handling dynamics. The automatic's shifting character is tuned for even more driving fun and adapts to prevailing driving conditions, according to the mode selected.

The Insignia OPC's innovative Adaptive 4x4 system ensures precise handling, maximum stability and the full use of available traction. The system uses a sport differential with hydraulic Haldex multi-disk clutch as well as electronic central and rear limited slip differentials (eLSD).

Like all Opel Performance models, the Insignia OPC 'Unlimited' benefits from an OPC-specific 10,000-kilometer test program, which validates its fine tuning and long-term endurance under the toughest possible conditions on the Nürburgring Nordschleife (north loop). The loads on the vehicle as a whole during this program are rated at factor 18, which corresponds to driving 180,000 kilometers on normal roads.

Sales of the fastest production model in Opel history are set to start in April 2011. Prices begin at 48,605 euros (in Germany) for the four-door notchback with manual transmission.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Just bring us our Regal GS followed by a 400hp awd 6-speed manual Opel with a GSX badge already!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Make it the new Grand National.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not opposed to a new Grand National, however , It will need to grow a bigger pair of cajones than the 2.0 DI Turbo.

        I say 3.6DI with eAssist. and shorter gearing. The eAssist will negate the mpg loss to the agressive gearing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw an Opel Insignia OPC on the road near Detroit yesterday. It had Michigan manufacturer plates, a Buick logo in the front but a thunder bolt logo in the back.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Bring us proof man. Do you know what you just implied with that statement? I read a hotter Regal is in the works. Just the thought, warms the heart.
      • 3 Years Ago
      168mph should only take about 2 miles from a dead stop.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car (or at least it's mechanical twin) needs to come to the US. It would KILL
      • 3 Years Ago
      "If you ask us, 155 mph is plenty fast, especially for a public road like the Autobahn."
      Nobody asked... you wimps.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah because large cars with huge frontal areas like the S-Class, A8 and the 7 Series are never seen on the autobahn...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 2.8L V6 turbo engine uses older technology and has far more emissions and gets less mpg than GM's newer range of V6s. That's why it isn't used here anymore.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lemmie bring you up to speed. This was an Opel first, designated to be the next Saturn (Aura?). Saturn was put to sleep and Buick won the lottery.

        Re-badge is such a dirty word. This is more than a mere rebadge. GM took the models designated for diesel duty in europe (higher level of insulation), tossed the V6 and made it a 4 cylinder model only. 2.4 DI is currently the base motor (though eAssist is on the way) and 2.0DI turbo is the GS or performance model.

        Look at the Cruze: To the naked eye, it looks like the same car that been on sale else where for a couple of years, under the skin, the US spec Cruze is a much more refined animal.
        • 3 Years Ago
        was the Opel modeled after the Buick or is the Buick a rebadged Opel? cause seeing it with the Opel badge just looks like it should've always been there.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't forget that it also has a wanting track record for effectiveness in the U.S. Its application in the Saab 9-5 seems well-sorted, but it has been accused of being unruly in pre-Spyker 9-3s and was a complete disaster in the Cadillac SRX.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the new Regal. 325hp would make it even better. Saw a ton of them while in China a few weeks ago.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it drag limited or gearing limited or what?
        • 3 Years Ago
        With 325 hp, I wouldn't be surprised if the 168 mph top speed was drag limited.

        168 mph is pretty fast for a full-size sedan, given the much larger frontal area and increased drag compared to a sports car making similar power.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You just know if Bob Lutz was running GM, that car would ALREADY be in North American showrooms!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'ma call BS. That sounds high for a car with that large of a frontal area and only 325hp. I'm thinking it'll say 168 on the speedo, but it'll do high 150s max.
        • 3 Years Ago
        A 205hp Chevy Cobalt SS Supercharged is capable of 141mph. The more powerful 260hp SS Turbo is capable of 160mph.
        • 3 Years Ago
        According to claimed top speeds by manufacturers that are pretty much never verified. I've seen E46 M3's top out in the 161-162 range in ideal conditions at the Maxton mile, and that's with a similar Cd, smaller frontal area, and more ideal torque curve for top speed runs.

        As I said, the speedo will probably say 168mph, but a GPS-verified speed will probably be different.
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