Drive down the Autobahn and there's any number of vehicles likely to pass you, and most of them are produced locally. But if you're wondering how that Opel left you in its dust, look closely (and quickly) enough and you might make out the letters OPC on the back.

They stand for Opel Performance Center (the German counterpart to Vauxhall's VXR line) and they adorn performance versions of the Corsa, Astra and Insignia. The latter is undergoing a bit of a refresh and is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in a couple of weeks, but you don't have to wait that long as our intrepid spy photographers have caught it in the flesh outside an Opel facility in Germany.

Spied here completely undisguised in Sports Tourer (read: wagon) form, the Insignia has had a few nips and tucks performed, but we'll be more intrigued to see what it's got under the hood. The current model packs a 2.8-liter twin-turbo V6 driving 325 horsepower to all four wheels, but rumors suggest that the OPC (yeah you know me!) could have as much as 400 hp up its sleeve. That would make this one heck of a sleeper – especially in wagon form – and only make us pine for a more potent version of its twin Buick Regal to roam our highways, too.


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      • 1 Year Ago
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      Turbo_S60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm 400hp Regal? I shall call you Grand National
      48Chevy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't normally go in for wagons but this with a Buick grille and in Lime Rock green paint would land near the top of new vehicles I'd consider buying.
        48Chevy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @48Chevy
        Kudos to GM for not slathering the rear bumper with ugly black plastic go-fast stuff.
      leo
      • 1 Year Ago
      have no idea y GM is not bringing this state side
        Jerry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @leo
        Part is that the hatch does not pass the US rear collision tests and the other is that hatches do not sell well in the USA.
        Camaroman101
        • 1 Year Ago
        @leo
        wagons don't sell well, as evidenced by the cts
          Terry Actill
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Camaroman101
          It's not a wagon. It's a high priced hatchback. A very high priced quite useless hatchback.
      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't get why they essentially made the GS and Regal Turbo the same vehicle. They need to differentiate them by making the Regal the EXACT same vehicle as the OPC, engine and all, with a Buick badge and waterfall grille.
        RocketRed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Because no one is going to pay 50K for a Buick Sedan, even though it would be able to savage a 335ix. Even fewer people than would buy a Regal wagon. Sad, but true.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        It was nice to see the GS getting AWD now. Too bad it loses the manual and still needs more power. Not that the 2.0 is a bad engine, but it's sad their "performance" car is slower than the Verano with that motor. I agree no one would pay what they would charge but it would be awesome with the V6T out of the Opel version. Even more awesome if they stuck the new TT 3.6 from the CTS. It's a shame cause the car is good looking otherwise.
      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Probably that new twin turbo V6 in the XTS. Do not think GM has a FWD manual transmission that can handle that power. The biggest is the F40 and it can only handle 400 Nm. Something new, AT only, or is the 400+ HP rumor DOA? Might not be a big hit on Opel's home turf with an AT only package.
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jerry
        Putting around 500nm on my Verano without a peep from gearbox or clutch.
        brtdwchtr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jerry
        Exactly. I actually own one of the current Insignia OPCs and I can confirm that the transmission is known (and has proven numerous times) to only barely being able to handle the torque of that turbo v6. Secondly, HP claims by Opel need to be taken with a few grains of salt, the 325HP of the current model is almost never recorded on actual cars but hovers around 300 (sometimes even between 280-300). Having said all this, I'm pretty sure there's no engine upgrade coming. To be honest, the AT of the Insignia OPC unlimited seems to be in high demand in Germany so I don't think it would be that much of an handicap. What I do think is a major problem for Opel and its insignia OPC are the atrocious emission figures and the weight. European countries are really cracking down on emissions through taxes and such, which has, in the past two years, rendered the current Insignia OPC virtually "unsellable".
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brtdwchtr
          In the UK, the VXR gets a CO2 rating of 249 g/km, which places it just inside the second highest tax band. That's no different to anything else with a similar engine capacity.
      illTortuga
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm so in love.
      kopter28
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is one beautiful car! Buick please sell it here as the Regal, I'll then buy one along with all the Opel badges and other trim pieces to convert it back to an Opel :) Seriously though, they really need to bring the wagon here. It's a perfect replacement for my A6 Avant.
      Karl_T
      • 1 Year Ago
      Handling of exhaust is a bit ugly, but overall a very sharp car.
      greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      i've always liked the look of the insignia... and that is a cool looking wagon. but cant get over the Buick stigma here in the states
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @greg
        The 'Buick' stigma exists only in your head. You really, really should not make car buying decisions based upon what you 'think' others perceive of the brand. BTW, the average age of a Buick buyer is quite a bit less than that of Lexus. And the average at Buick is getting younger, while the average at Lexus is getting older.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          @ Alfonso T. Alvarez Quite a bit younger? Average age was TWO years younger. That isn't quite a bit at all, but I've already pointed this out to you in another article. Feel free to keep spreading your FUD though... With the new GS and IS, Lexus' will be going down as well.
          4gasem
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          Agreed! We have an Enclave and it's a great vehicle and looks pretty good to boot. I'd have NO reservations on buying a Buick today.
          normc32
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          Lexus is pretty much non-existent with new technology. But Buick and Acura spare as seen in an ILX vs Verano Turbo seen here. The Verano is doubling ILX sales for good reason that even Autoblog chose it over the ILX. I just loaded up a Trifecta tune on my 6-speed manual Verano for about 300hp/300trq. The Lexus GS300 owner tried to run away at 80 mph, but I just realed him in. "Fast with Class", is back again.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
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          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          The average age of a Buick owner in 2012 was 57. A drop from 59 in 2011, but far from the industry average of 52. http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewdepaula/2013/03/31/2014-buick-regal-enhanced-to-continuing-drawing-younger-buyers/ Lexus is at 61, but the IS is drawing in buyers averaging 50. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-07/lexus-dethroned-by-bmw-seeking-under-50s-buyers-with-is.html
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Americans could be driving this, but they prefer polished turds like the Encore.
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        Depends on your diet recently, Mocha brown or Espresso Brown. :)
      4gasem
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd love to see a Buick wagon that looked like THAT! My wife would LOVE one. Especially if it wasn't a gutless wonder like our Enclave.
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