The new Insignia OPC, pictured here in Sports Tourer form, is set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in a couple of weeks. Sitting atop the Opel Performance Center lineup, it's got the same 325-horsepower 2.8-liter twin-turbo V6 and Haldex all-wheel-drive system as the model it replaces, but benefits from some minor enhancements. Those include subtly refreshed fascias front and rear, a reworked rear axle, revised software for the ESP and variable damper systems and a recalibrated suspension.
Equipped with a six-speed manual (there's an automatic available as well), the Insignia OPC sedan will hit 62 mph in six seconds flat, or 6.3 for the wagon. Top speed is restricted to 155 mph, but without the limiter (as Opel previously offered), it's said to hit 168 flat out. Which is still pretty impressive, even without the anticipated 400hp upgrade.
But that only brings us to the unfortunate reality that the Insignia OPC isn't available Stateside, because with 259 horsepower from a turbo four, the Buick Regal GS just doesn't feel the same.
- Bold appearance: New design combined with characteristic OPC elements
- Ultra-modern technology: Modified chassis for even more driving fun
- Detailed readouts: Instrument display with specific engine information
Rüsselsheim. With 239 kW/325 hp and 435 Nm maximum torque, the Insignia OPC is the ultimate top-of-the-line performer among Opel models. The all-wheel drive model makes its debut with a new, refreshed look and modified chassis at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt (September 12 – 22).
"The Insignia OPC dazzles with new radiance," says Michael Ableson, Vice President GME Engineering. "With great attention to detail, our engineers have given it some decisive fine-tuning. This is evident in its design and in its even better driving performance. This puts the OPC squarely in the first league of mid-size series production sports cars."
Attention to detail – inside and out
The new Insignia OPC impresses at first glance. The re-styled front and rear, with signature OPC design elements such as distinctive saber-tooth detailing at the front and the tailpipe trim integrated in the rear, underline its power and evoke visions of high-speed laps around the Nürburgring.
The eye-catching bodywork encapsulates state-of-the-art technology. The OPC chassis is enhanced, with special focus on the re-worked rear axle – as in the other members of the new Insignia family – where engineers have modified around 60 percent of the componentry. In addition, noise and vibration behavior is improved through numerous fine-tuning measures. New ESP software enables even more precise dynamics tuning, especially in reaction to understeer tendencies. Modified damper software for the FlexRide chassis with its adjustable shock absorbers ensures optimum roadholding. This OPC-specific programming improves driving dynamics, allowing a quicker and more precise response to different maneuvers and road conditions.
With six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive, the Insignia OPC sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds (Sports Tourer: 6.3 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). In unrestricted specification, the OPC with manual transmission goes on to a maximum speed of 270 km/h (Sports Tourer: 265 km/h). The high performance, Brembo braking system ensures rapid deceleration with maximum stability, even during high-intensity use.
In addition, the Insignia OPC benefits from its electronically controlled 4x4 system. The all-wheel drive system incorporates a high-quality clutch, operating on Haldex principles, and an electronic limited-slip differential to ensure superb traction. It constantly adapts to prevailing road conditions and varies torque distribution seamlessly from zero to 100 percent between the front and rear axles, as well as between the rear wheels. In combination with the electronically controlled FlexRide premium chassis, the all-wheel drive system sets standards in terms of reaction time and vehicle control.
Motorsports feeling flows into interior
The cabin welcomes OPC drivers with pure motorsport ambience. Recaro performance seats, also optionally available in leather with a memory function, the OPC gearshift knob and a completely new main instrument panel and center console exude premium flair. Beyond basic information, drivers can see specific details like oil pressure and temperature, battery voltage, throttle position, brake power and the g-force resulting from lateral acceleration on the optional, 8-inch instrument readout display.
The new performance steering wheel (optionally heated) features shift levers when it is combined with automatic transmission. This enables the OPC driver to execute extremely quick manual shifts, even when in automatic mode. If the shift levers are then idle for at least 12 seconds, the vehicle continues to drive normally in automatic mode. In this way the new Insignia OPC comfortably combines the advantages of a manual and automatic operation.