Both versions re powered by a 2.6 Liter V6 engine that puts out 325 HP. The OPC treatment consists of a redesigned front bumper and aggressive body kit while rolling around on a set of 19 inch or optional lightweight 20 inch wheels.
We were already envious of the European countries that got the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia , now with the OPC makeover, we’re down right jealous as the sleek sedan gets go-fast looks and a new turbocharger. For those not familiar: BMW has M and Mercedes has AMG, so Opel has OPC (Opel Performance Center).
The heart of the Insigina OPC takes the 2.6-liter V6 engine already used in the sedan, and then adds a turbo and a new exhaust system. This jumps the output from 260 hp to 325 hp. The sedan now has a 0 to 60 mph time of about six seconds, and top speed is limited (at least in Germany) to 155 mph.
What is seen on the OPC package is the new front bumper and body kit, as well as 19-inch or optional lightweight 20- inch wheels. Working behind the scenes on this Insignia is the Adaptive 4x4 system, electronic rear limited slip differential (eLSD), new front axle, and Brembo brakes. The suspension is adjustable for three modes: Normal, Sport and OPC.
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The German variant of General Motors, Opel, has already released a green version of their popular four door Insignia model wearing the ecoFLEX badge, but that was it. Well now there is good news for fans of environmentally friendly wagons and estates, because Opel has just announced that their ecoFLEX Insignia will soon be available as a Sports Tourer .
The green five door is powered by a 2.0 Liter CDTI engine with the Clean Tech System producing 160 HP and an impressive 280 lb-ft of torque. The fuel efficient diesel burning drive train is complimented by a six speed manual transmission, complete with a higher final drive to allow highway cruising at lower engine speeds. The result is a Sports Tourer that can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 9.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 133.5 MPH, if those numbers don’t seem too impressive, than consider the vehicle’s fuel mileage of 44 MPG.
If only drivers here in the U.S. could learn to appreciate different things like sports wagons and diesel burning power plants. If we hadn’t attached such a lasting stigma to either of those two items then maybe we could enjoy a spirited ride in an ecoFLEX Insignia Sports Tourer, try getting that kind of performance and economy from a gasoline powered vehicle.
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Most automakers are putting their high performance machines up against the clock, using Nurburgring lap times as a way to promote their vehicle. Opel just wanted to prove that their car was up to the test. After unveiling the Insignia OPC sedan , Opel decided to bring the same level of style and performance into their larger variant, and thus have created the Insignia OPC Sports Tourer, and is set to go on sale later on this year.
The Sport Tourer wears similar bodywork to the hot rod sedan and even rides on the same 20 inch rims as the four door. Under the hood Opel has massaged the 2.8 Liter turbocharged V6 to make 325 HP. The new performance parts like the turbo and exhaust means that the factory tuned wagon can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.3 seconds, and will hit an electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH. The OPC version is built on a lower, reworked mechatronic chassis with FlexRide, the German automaker’s adaptive 4x4 transmission that also features an electronic rear limited slip differential (eLSD). Running gear is finished off with a set of purpose-built Brembo brakes.
This is definitely one sport wagon that you should think twice about messing with when sitting side by side at a red light.
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After revealing the four-door version of the factory tuned Insignia OPC , the German automaker Opel is also readying a version of their Insignia Sports Tourer for the Opel Performance Center treatment. The sedan will go on sale this fall, and the Sports Tourer should follow shortly after.
The OPC cars will be powered by a 2.8 Liter ECOTEC V6 with a single twin-scroll turbo, that reduces turbo lag and increases performance, resulting in a maximum output of 325 HP. The six cylinder engine is shifted via a six speed manual gearbox, and when shifted correctly allows the vehicles to reach 60 MPH in just 5.8 seconds.
Exterior treatment for the OPC sedan includes a new body kit highlighted by the new front bumper and owner’s choice of either 19 or 20 inch wheels.
Top Speed has already reported that Opel will bring back the Calibra name . This European vehicle will compete with models like the Volkswagen Scirocco , and just like the new sky rocket, will not be offered in the U.S. market. Well, AutoExpress shed a little more light on the subject and are adding a few more details about the new Opel.
The German car builder will sell this new design as a coupe version of the new Insignia model starting 2012. The vehicle’s design is inspired by the Opel GTC concept . Under the hood Opel will place the same turbocharged 2.8 Liter V6 found in the new Insignia OPC . This means the Insignia Coupe will have an output of around 350 HP, capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 MPH in under 6 seconds and have a top speed limited to 155 MPH.
The future Opel will share most of what you can’t see from the outside with the Insignia, but will feature a modified suspension and a refined four wheel drive system. Besides this new Insignia Coupe, Opel plans on bringing a compact cabriolet to market. The vehicle will be based on the Corsa and will replace the now defunct Tigra model.
The tuning specialist Steinmetz is showing off their Opel Insignia Sports Tourer kit at Tuning World Bodensee 2009. The kit consists of a new front grill, new rear wing, a set of 20 inch rims and a 25 mm drop in ride height. Steinmetz has also added a little performance to the 2.0 CDTI powered Opel Insignia Sports Tourer.
Opel is introducing its third body type to the 2009 Insigna line-up, a wagon. Known as the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, this wagon is an important car for Opel considering the popularity of wagons in Europe. While this will be considered a lager family car in Europe, it would be consider a mid-sized wagon in the U.S. There is no confirmation yet that this model will also make the trip to these shores when its sedan sibling replaces the Saturn Aura possibly in 2010.
There are nine total engines expected for the Insigna family. Choices include five gasoline — naturally aspired and turbo charged four cylinders as well as naturally aspired V6s. Also expected are four turbo-diesels. Power over the entire range should be from 110 to 260 hp. The wagon will also get the same optional all-wheel drive system as the rest of the Insignia line.
The Sports Tourer is expected to make its official debut at the Paris Auto Show in October, and it should be in European showrooms along the sedan and hatchback variations by early 2009.
Press release after the jump.
Opel just gave us another reason to want the Insignia in the U.S. The OPC version (or Vauxhall Insignia VXR in UK) is set for a September debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Before then the styling model should be seen at Geneva Motor Show in March.
There are no official details yet on the car, but rumors have it powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine making around 320 hp. The car should also make use of the all-wheel drive system for a stable ride and benign handling. Reports from testing at the Nürburgring have the car completing the circuit in a little over eight minutes (the Nissan GT-R does it in 7 minutes and 29 seconds.)
The 2009 Insignia made its world debut in July 2008 at the London Motor Show. The Insignia offers three centimeters more kneeroom than the Vectra. The car also proves to be particularly efficientaerodynamically with a spectacular Cd of 0.27 which positively influences theeconomic, dynamic and acoustic qualities of the car. Both body variants haveidentical 4.830 mm length and share the same wheelbase of 2,737 mm.
The Insignia is offered from the start with front-wheel and all-wheel drive. The “Adaptive 4X4” system’s proactive, instantaneous torque distribution not only ensures optimal traction but also enhances driving stability and dynamic handling performance. In the all-wheel drive Insignia, the FlexRide mechatronic chassis system with its Adaptive Stability Technology helps the car adjust to prevailing driving conditions and allows the driver to select settings to match his mood. FlexRide is also available in the front-wheel version.
The Insignia will launch with an exceptionally broad range of seven engines. All meet Euro 5 emissions standards and come with either manual or automatic six-speed transmissions. The four gasoline engines range from a four-cylinder 115 hp unit to a V6 with 260 hp. The three new direct-injection diesels feature a displacement of 2.0 liter and outputs spanning from 110 to 160 hp. Subsequently the Insignia engine line-up will be expanded with an EcoFLEX version offering very low CO2 emissions in addition to other, more powerful variants.
The entry-level model – the four-door sedan with the 115 hp 1.6 ECOTEC gasoline engine – costs just 22,700 euros. Compared to the competition, pricing for the diesels is also extremely reasonable in Germany, with the 110 hp 2.0 CDTI starting at 24,300 euros. Standard equipment is extensive, with the entry-level models boasting air conditioning, CD-radio, on-board computer, electric height adjustment for the driver’s seat, as well as ESP and traction control.