‘Unlimited’ version of Insignia OPC can go as fast as 270 km/h

Article by Christian A., on April 13, 2011

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.

The OPC maintains its other performance figures. It can still accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in 6 seconds (depending on the chassis and transmission) and it also has the same emissions and fuel consumption. By getting the ‘Unlimited’ package, the customers also get an OPC performance driving training course on the Opel proving grounds in Dudenhofen.

Opel brand ambassador Joachim Winkelhock and several motor sports instructors will teach owners how to make use of the driving dynamics of the vehicle more safely and with more confidence. The OPC-specific 10,000-kilometer test program also comes with the ‘Unlimited’ version.

This program proves the vehicle’s fine tuning and long-term endurance when it’s put through the harshest possible conditions on the Nürburgring Nordschleife north loop.

The loads on the test cycle are rated at factor 18, equivalent to an on-the-road test of 180,000 kilometers. The ‘Unlimited’ Insignia will go on sale this month. In Germany, it has a starting price of €48,605 for the four-door notchback with manual transmission.

New Opel Insignia marks an evolution of the brand’s award-winning "sculptural artistry meets German precision" design philosophy, as reinterpreted in the mid-size segment.

The design language employed for the Opel Insignia conveys a combination of dynamics and premium aspiration, as exemplified by the low-and-wide front graphic that helps accentuate its wide stance. Moreover, Opel made the high-gloss chrome grille both wider and lower. Meanwhile, the brand bar where the Opel logo is mounted, is now leaner, and features winglets that seemingly connect the eye to the Insignia’s re-designed headlights. All headlamp versions feature a high gloss black execution with embedded chrome accents.

The headlights could be specified with bi-xenon lamps -- depending on the trim version – that already include the AFL+ safety lighting system. Higher trim headlights feature LED daytime running light with a wing signature.

Opel designed the lower front fascia inserts to look slim and wide to highlight the size of the upper grille, with the fog lamps complemented by chrome accents and wide black inserts. The inserts become thicker as they approach the wheelhouse to highlight the width of the front end.

Meanwhile, the sides of the new Opel Insignia expose distinct tailgates and integrated spoiler design for each body type. The hatchback model features a roofline that fades out through the spoiler trailing edge to lend the five-door a classic coupé silhouette. The sedan version, on the other hand, has a crease line that runs along the edge of the spoiler to highlight its length.

The rear end of the new Insignia is defined by wider and lower proportions. Opel has repositioned the high-gloss chrome brand bar – which features the Opel logo -- lower on the tailgate and extends into the tail lamps, thereby including the slim-look reverse functions. All versions of the Insignia sedan and hatchback now feature LED tail/stop functions. All versions also feature a sharp "wing" signature.

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Opel Insignia OPC ‘Unlimited’ with 270 km/h Top Speed

The 239 kW/325 hp high-performance variant of the Opel Insignia – distinguished by the iconic letters ‘OPC’ – is now also available as an ‘Unlimited’ version without an electronically-restricted top speed. This top model in the Opel product portfolio, with all-wheel drive as standard, will fully exploit the potential of the vehicle’s driving dynamics, offering maximum speeds of up to 270 km/h (sedan, with manual transmission).

“We are responding to frequently expressed customer wishes,” says Alain Visser, Vice President Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Adam Opel AG. “Insignia OPC buyers are generally experienced and responsible drivers who want to enjoy the full technical possibilities of their car.”

The Opel Insignia OPC ‘Unlimited’ is visually distinguished by a blue Brembo logo and a newly-designed tachometer and speedometer. A special edition of the vehicle is also planned with a matt black wrapping.

The performance flagship of the Opel model range comes with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission in all body styles. These comprise a four-door notchback and a five-door hatchback, as well as the Sports Tourer OPC station wagon, twice voted “Sportscar of the Year” (2009, 2010) by the German magazine “Auto Bild sportscars”.

The ‘Unlimited’ customer package includes an OPC performance driving training course on the Opel proving grounds in Dudenhofen. Owners will learn how to exploit the driving dynamics of their vehicle even more safely and confidently, under the supervision of Opel brand ambassador Joachim Winkelhock and instructors with motor sports experience.

The driving performance of the new ‘Unlimited’ variant is identical to that of the speed-restricted versions, apart from the higher top speed. Insignia OPCs can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 6.0 to 6.6 seconds, depending on bodystyle and transmission. Combined-cycle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions range from 10.6 l/100 km and 249 g/km to 11.0 l/100 km and 259 g/km.

Powertrain alternative: the new 6-speed automatic transmission

The new 6-speed automatic transmission combines sporty dynamics and driving comfort at an especially high level, offering an attractive alternative to manual shift versions. Alongside the automatic function, a further shift mode is also available, enabling the driver to shift gears manually – optionally via steering wheel paddles. The transmission control system is linked to the Insignia OPC’s mechatronic FlexRide chassis. In addition to a standard setting giving balanced all-wheel drive characteristics for everyday driving, there are two further driver-selectable modes: ‘Sport’ gives more agility and more direct vehicle responses, while ‘OPC’ mode offers the ultimate ‘hard-edged’ experience in uncompromised handling dynamics. The automatic’s shifting character is tuned for even more driving fun and adapts to prevailing driving conditions, according to the mode selected.

The Insignia OPC’s innovative Adaptive 4x4 system ensures precise handling, maximum stability and the full use of available traction. The system uses a sport differential with hydraulic Haldex multi-disk clutch as well as electronic central and rear limited slip differentials (eLSD).

Like all Opel Performance models, the Insignia OPC ‘Unlimited’ benefits from an OPC-specific 10,000-kilometer test program, which validates its fine tuning and long-term endurance under the toughest possible conditions on the Nürburgring Nordschleife (north loop). The loads on the vehicle as a whole during this program are rated at factor 18, which corresponds to driving 180,000 kilometers on normal roads.

Sales of the fastest production model in Opel history are set to start in April 2011. Prices begin at 48,605 euros (in Germany) for the four-door notchback with manual transmission.

Topics: opel, opel insignia, opc

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