After the Opel Insignia OPC was introduced last month a wagon or Sports Tourer variant followed which is due to hit showrooms of Opel and Vauxhall in the second half of 2009. The OPC Sports Tourer, like its sedan sibling, is equipped with the same twin-turbo engine, refined AWD chassis and an acceleration rate from 0-60mph in under 6 seconds.
Power output is pegged at 325hp (242kW). OPC (Opel Performance Center) is the designation provided to models developed by GM's official European in-house tuner. The designation was previously used for models like the Astra and compact Corsa hatchbacks.
When sold under the Vauxhall brand of UK OPC models are rebadged as VXRs. The main distinction between the sedan and Sports Tourer is the additional storage area of the wagon body, which provides 540 liters of luggage space with the 40:60 split rear seats up and 1,530 liters when they are down.
The first model from the performance division to be given an AWD, the Insignia OPC comes in sedan, hatch and Sports Tourer wagon body versions. Features in the Insignia OPC include a High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) front suspension system, an adjustable AWD system equipped with an electronic Limited Slip Differential and a lowered ride height by 10mm compared with the standard model.
Unique to the OPC models, the HiPerStrut system has two main functions. It reduces torque-steer, but also maintain negative camber when cornering consequently enhancing grip levels in either wet or dry driving situations. Powering the car is a 2.8-liter turbocharged unit that produces 325hp (242kW) sufficient to give the car a sprint rate of 0-60 in 5.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 155mph which is electronically limited.
The car sits atop 19 inch alloys with 20 inches lightweight forged alloys as an option. Other features include revised bushing and damper setting on both axles and Brembo brakes with color-keyed calipers and aspirated and cross-drilled brake discs provide stopping power. The interior is fitted with Recaro front seats, a new steering wheel, gear knob and special moldings, together with instrument graphics and sill plates distinct from the standard model.