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New Opel Grandland X SUV gets the OPC treatment

The new and improved Opel Grandland X is out, and this large SUV is something the European market did not know they would need. Now measuring at 14.7 feet (4.48 meters) in length, the three-row Grandland X fits five passengers comfortably and has a total cargo capacity of 18 cubic-feet (514 liters). The question now is if there will be a performance variant.

X-Tomi Design artists have come up with an OPC (Opel Performance Center) variant for the Grandland X SUV - something a lot of us wouldn’t expect. And it looks pretty good. You might remember OPC from the Astra to the Insignia. It has a bolder face with its distinctive grille and new vents. It comes with a signature OPC-designed wheels wrapped with metal sheet. Overall, the body has been lowered significantly. Equipped with the new Adaptive Forward Lighting LED headlamps, the SUV ensures a more comfortable drive in the dark with brighter driving light and cornering light.

The Grandland X stands for adventure, independence, and abundance - with technology that makes it safe and fun. Karl Thomas Neumann, Opel CEO says that they will ensure that the SUV gets an “I want it” factor.

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2015 Opel Corsa E OPC unveiled with 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and 207 hp

This is it folks, the all-new 2015 Opel Corsa E OPC/Vauxhall Corsa E VXR were officially unveiled and were confirmed for the Geneva Motor Show. As expected, the models are powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine that produces 207 hp (152 kW) and 245 Nm of torque between 1,900 and 5,800 rpm, while an additional 35 Nm are available with the overboost functionality.

Power it transmitted to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and the Corsa OPC/VXR is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds, while top speed is 230 km/h or 142 mph. Despite these impressive performances, the hot hatch has a fuel consumption of 7.5 l/100 km/h or 37.7 mpg, while CO2 emissions are 174 g/km.

Compared with the standard Corsa E, the OPC/VXR versions are 10 mm closer to the ground, while the chassis features the new Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology that enables the damping forces to adapt to the frequency of the vehicle. Stopping power is ensured by the 308 mm braking discs on the front axle.

Read the entire article 2015 Opel Corsa E OPC unveiled with 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and 207 hp

2015 Opel Corsa E OPC spotted at the factory

We wrote about the Opel Corsa E OPC back in July, when we revealed you the fact that it will arrive next year with a brand new design. Still, it appears that the 2015 Corsa E OPC is ready and it is already produced. Two models have been spotted after they rolled off the factory line, wearing the well-known Blue Flash colour created for its OPC department.

As you can see from the photos, the vehicle has a brand new design and comes with stylish front bumper with satin grey inserts but what’s more interesting is that the hood features a air scoop. We still don’t know if this is only a design feature or is functional and delivers more air to the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine.

Moreover, at the rear there is a new roof spoiler, as well as a bumper fitted with an air diffuser, while the central exhaust system was ditched in favor of a new one featuring two chromed tailpipes. In addition, new bi-color alloy wheels were added.

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Opel Corsa E OPC will debut in 2015, receive the 1.6-liter engine with 200 hp

Earlier this month Opel unveiled the all-new 2015 Corsa E, a model that showed up with a new design inspired by the smaller Adam. Besides the new design, the 2015 Corsa E also revealed its 1.0-liter three-cylinder Ecotec Direct Injection Turbo engine that is available in two output configurations, delivering 90 hp (66 kW) and 115 hp (85 kW) as well as 170 Nm of torque from 1,800 rpm.

Still, there are lots of customers waiting for the OPC version of the brand new Corsa. This new model will arrive in 2015 and will be powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will generate around 200 hp.

As a result, it will be capable to achieve a top speed of over 225 km/h (140 mph). Those who don’t know, its predecessor was powered by the same engine that delivered 192 hp and was capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds, while top speed was 225 km/h or 140 mph.

Read the entire article Opel Corsa E OPC will debut in 2015, receive the 1.6-liter engine with 200 hp

The 2014 Opel Astra OPC Extreme became official today ahead of its world debut that will take place in March, at the Geneva Motor Show. According to the German carmaker, the new Astra OPC Extreme was developed on the Nurburgring Nordschleife race track and it is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine that delivers over 300 hp.

What’s more interesting is that the new hot hatch is equipped with all the key high-tech components from its racing peer, the Opel Astra OPC Cup. In fact, the Astra OPC Extreme was developed directly from the Cup version of and promises to bring pure racing technology to the road. Opel says that the engine found under the Extreme’s carbon fiber hood is the most powerful four-cylinder unit the company has ever produced.

The engine is bolted to a six-speed manual gearbox that sends the power through a limited-slip differential. Thanks to the carbon fiber components, the Astra OPC Extreme is 100 kilograms lighter than the standard Astra OPC. Opel used carbon composite for the rear wing, the diffuser, front spoiler, hood, suspension cross-bracing, the engine cover, complete wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation and roof.

Read the entire article 2014 Geneva Preview: Behold the Opel Astra OPC Extreme

Opel will be taking the wraps off the new Opel Astra OPC Extreme at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. A genuine race-bred performance car developed on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, the new Opel Astra OPC Extreme is propelled by a 2.0-liter turbo engine that delivers more than 300 hp of output. Sharing all the key high-tech components from the Opel Astra OPC Cup race car, the Astra OPC Extreme is designed to bring pure racing technology from the track to the road.

Opel is planning to produce the new Astra OPC Extreme in low numbers should the concept gain positive reaction from the public.

Sitting underneath a carbon fiber bonnet, the 300-plus hp 2.0-liter turbo gasoline all-aluminum engine employs direct injection and variable camshaft phasing to become the most powerful four-cylinder unit that Opel has built so far. Power is sent to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission with limited-slip differential.

Read the entire article 2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Opel presents the Astra OPC Extreme

The 2014 Insignia OPC Facelift from Opel was presented at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Making the sporty all-wheel drive model more interesting are its redesigned front bumper, new headlights, a restyled rear bumper and signature OPC design elements like saber-tooth detailing at the front and the tailpipe trim incorporated in the rear.

In addition, the 2014 Insignia OPC has a re-worked rear axle, where engineers revised about 60% of its components. Furthermore, Opel decreased its noise and vibration. Opel utilized new ESP software that allows for more precision in dynamic tuning. Roadholding is improved thanks to the new damper software for the FlexRide chassis with adjustable shock absorbers.

2014 Insignia OPC is powered by the same 2.8-liter V6 turbo engine that has an output of 325 hp and 435 Nm of torque, sent to the road via an all-wheel drive system that offers Haldex coupling and an electronic limited slip differential. This enables the Insignia OPC to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds (with the Sports Tourer doing the sprint in 6.3 seconds) and to hit a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

Read the entire article 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show: 2014 Opel Insignia OPC Facelift [Live Photos]

After we saw the 2014 Insignia Facelift, Opel decided to introduce the 2014 Insignia OPC Facelift ahead of its public debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The sporty all-wheel drive model now comes with a redesigned front bumper, new headlights, a restyled rear bumper and signature OPC design elements such as saber-tooth detailing at the front and the tailpipe trim integrated in the rear.

Moreover, the 2014 Insignia OPC features a re-worked rear axle, where engineers modified around 60 percent of the componentry. In addition, the German company reduced the noise and vibration behavior through numerous fine-tuning measures. A newly developed ESP software now enables even more precise dynamic tuning.

The new damper software for the FlexRide chassis with adjustable shock absorbers ensures optimum roadholding. The 2014 Insignia OPC comes with the same 2.8-liter V6 turbo engine developing 325 hp and 435 Nm of torque, delivered to the road to an all-wheel drive system that features Haldex coupling and an electronic limited slip differential. As a result, the Insignia OPC sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds (Sports Tourer: 6.3 seconds) and reaches a top sped of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

Read the entire article 2014 Opel Insignia OPC gets a facelift too

Opel is the first ever automaker to use an iPhone to display preselected data from the CAN bus (Controller Area Network) for further analysis. All the electronic control units in the vehicle are connected via the CAN bus, or its central system. To get access to CAN bus data, all that Apple smartphone users have to do is to download the OPC PowerApp an application or App from the AppStore for only 0.79 euro.

The application will make its global debut in the Astra OPC with its 206 kW/280 hp output, the sporty leader of Opel’s compact car lineup. The CAN-bus gathers the signals from the various vehicle areas. To date, just highly specialized workshops could access these data by using specialist software. But now, Opel is giving the OPC PowerApp to owners so that they get the chance to get selected, performance-related data.

But even after the car is turned off, the OPC PowerApp can still offer up to 60 different data, such as engine boost pressure, throttle position, lateral acceleration or engine torque. These are easily available in real-time on the iPhone but may also be stored to be looked at later.

Read the entire article Opel launches Astra GTC OPC Power App for iPhone

Opel/Vauxhall’s 155mph Astra VXR/OPC hot hatch excellent handling is attributed mostly to the German-built Drexler limited-slip differential that’s the first of its kind to be used in a production front-wheel-drive road car. The differential uses circular plates that lock to prevent the 276bhp VXR from spinning away power in corners and over cambers when the car is being driven hard.

Since the 1960s, the plate-type diffs have been used in motorsport in front-drive cars. But typically, they work with an aggressive action and are challenging to drive. But then, Vauxhall said that the Drexler Motorsport unit is incredibly easy to drive.

VXR boss Volker Strycek, a former touring car racer, said that there’s “very little snatching of the wheel” and that it has been tuned so that the operation wouldn’t be felt. In addition, Strycek has driven front-drive cars that utilize torque-sensing front diffs like the Ford Focus RS. He also said that the VXR has much better steering. The VXR’s HiPerStrut front suspension, which decouples the front wheels from the steering axis, aids in reducing torque steer.

Read the entire article Opel/Vauxhall Astra VXR/OPC promises excellent handling thanks to Drexler limited-slip differential

When Vauxhall’s most powerful Astra VXR ever is displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, it will have noticeably lighter front seats with the use of the latest in technology. It also now has a lower seating position and improved side support to manage the increased cornering loads. The new front seats of the Astra VXR are formed using an injection moulded sheet in the seat shells.

This decreases the weight by 45% compared to a conventional shell. The sheet uses a composite material built from polyamide and fiberglass. Because it is strong and agile, it only has to be 2-3 mm deep. This makes it considerably lighter.

The driver and front passenger are brought lower to the Astra VXR’s centre of gravity, which means that the new seats are mounted 17 millimetres lower than in the Astra GTC.

Read the entire article Opel/Vauxhall release details of 2012 Astra GTC OPC Recaro lightweight seats

Opel/Vauxhall unveiled today the all-new 2012 Astra GTC OPC, the most powerful Astra ever. Set to go on sale in summer 2012, the new OPC variant of the Astra GTC will be powered by a 2.0-liter direct injection turbo gasoline engine delivering 206 kW/280 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm. This engine will make the vehicle the fastest Astra, with a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h.

We do admit that the power delivered by the engine is too much for the front wheels as the current version of the Astra GTC OPC is not very stable.

But, according to Opel, it seems that the whole chassis of the sports car is designed to deliver power, without comprise and it was tested and polished on the Northern Loop (“Nordschleife”) of the Nürburgring race track in Germany under the supervision of the Opel brand ambassador Joachim (“Jockel”) Winkelhock. Moreover, the car features the high tech front-wheel suspension, HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut), but also the fully-adaptive FlexRide chassis control system.

Read the entire article 2012 Opel/Vauxhall Astra GTC OPC officially revealed with 280 hp

Insignia OPC buyers have gotten what they’ve wished for: an ‘Unlimited’ version of the most powerful Insignia. The vehicle is its usual 325 hp, all-wheel drive self. It even still has the OPC badge on the back.

The big difference is that it doesn’t have an electronically-restricted top speed, which means that it can attain a stop speed of 270 km/h (accomplished by the sedan with manual transmission). Alain Visser, Vice President Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Adam Opel AG, said that the company decided to give in to what customers frequently ask for.

Visser said that these customers are “generally experienced and responsible drivers” who seek to explore and take advantage of the car’s full technical possibilities. What distinguishes the ‘Unlimited’ version are a blue Brembo logo and new designs on the tachometer and speedometer.

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A six-speed automatic transmission is now available for the OPC version in the Opel Insignia range. Opel claims that it has optimized this transmission to offer enhanced power and comfort.

The four-dour notchback version equipped with the new unit has a price tag of EUR 48,665, while the five-door hatchback is priced at EUR 49,055 and the Sports Tourer has a price of EUR 50,140.

In a statement, Opel says that this automatic transmission doesn’t change the performance figures much and that the performance, consumption and emission levels are identical to the model with a manual transmission.

Read the entire article Opel Insignia OPC now offered with six-speed automatic transmission

The new Insignia VXR from Vauxhall (a.k.a. Opel Insignia OPC), which comes with a total of 325hp, a complex 4-wheel drive chassis and a sprint rate from 0-60mph in under six seconds, is ready to be introduced to the mid-size performance saloon market when it becomes available for sale early this summer.

The high-performing Insignia, based on the successful 2009 European Car of the Year, and which comes in hatch, saloon and Sports Tourer body designs, will be the company's first VXR model to take on a 4X4 technology with the utilization of a custom chassis developed through a wide-ranging test program at the taxing German Nurburgring circuit.

Among the features are High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) front suspension system, adjustable 4X4 that is equipped with an electronic Limited Slop Differential (eLSD) and a 10mm ride height reduction in contrast to the Insignia Sri. Unique to the VXR is the HiPerStrut system which has to basic roles: one, to assist in reducing torque-steer and two, to maintain negative camber during cornering, thus enhancing final levels of grip in both dry and wet settings.

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The distinction of having the fastest street-legal Opel goes to Steinmetz in collaboration with Klasen Motors. Last October at the Italian Nardo circuit, the twin-tuned Opel Insignia Sports Tourer OPC reached 287.4 km/h (178.6 mph). The vehicle started as a turbocharged V6 with 325 hp and 435 Nm.

After which, Steinmetz lowered the suspension, optimized the aerodynamics (new grille, "pedestrian friendly" front spoiler and a custom rear spoilers) and installed a set of 20-inch rims.

Also added were new floor mats, a bespoke roof spoiled and chrome trim. At Klasen Motors, where the car was fitted with a bigger turbine, a new exhaust system and a larger intercooler were attached.

Read the entire article Insignia Sports Tourer OPC by Steinmetz: fastest Opel in the world

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.

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The price for the sedan version in Germany of the Opel Insignia OPC was officially announced and it will start from EUR44,900. According to the manufacturer, the sporty OPC version will be available in three body configurations: sedan, hatchback, and Sports Tourer. The most expensive of the range, will be the Sports Tourer which is priced at EUR46,375.

All of the versions are powered by a 2.8-liter V6 turbo powerplant that develops a maximum power of 325 hp and 435 Nm of torque. They can reach an electronically-limited speed of 250 km/h and hit 100 km/h in 6 seconds.

Hans Demant, Managing Director, Adam Open GmbH, said, "While the ecoFLEX version shows our commitment to outstanding environmentally friendly cars, the OPC instills some hot chili flavor into the Insignia family. It opens a new generation of OPC cars, offering mature power, refined efficiency and a lot of fun."

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