2013 Frankfurt Motor Show: 2014 Opel Insignia OPC Facelift [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on September 16, 2013

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).

The unrestricted Insignia OPC with manual transmission offers a top speed of 270 km/h (Sports Tourer 265 km/h). It has also been fitted with a Brembo braking system to ensure rapid deceleration with maximum stability.

The interior features Recaro performance seats that are offered in leather as an option, OPC gearshift knob, a new main instrument panel and center console. Furthermore, it comes with an optional 8-inch instrument readout display that informs the driver about details such as oil pressure and temperature, battery voltage, throttle position, brake power and the g-force as a result of lateral acceleration.

The looks of the new Opel Insignia marks an evolution of the carmaker’s "sculptural artistry meets German precision" design philosophy. Opel’s design for the new Insignia focused on the premium nature as well as dynamics of the vehicle.

On the front, the new Opel Insignia features an easy-to-recognize low-and-wide front graphic that reinforces its wide stance. This is further reinforced by the Insignia’s wider and lower high-gloss chrome grille, which now dons a sleeker brand bar with the Opel logo. This leaner brand bar includes winglets that seemingly connect the grille to the Insignia’s re-designed headlamps, which could be specified as bi-xenon lamps – with safety lighting system AFL+ -- depending on trim version. The Insignia’s headlamps come with high gloss black inserts with embedded chrome accents. The upper lighting units include LED daytime running light (with wing signature).

Below, the lower front fascia of the new Opel Insignia comes with seemingly slim yet wide inserts, thereby helping highlight the size of the car’s upper grille. The vehicle’s fog lamps -- with wide black inserts and chrome accents – appear to widen as they approach the wheelhouse, thereby accentuating the width of the Opel Insignia.

It is now easier to tell the differences between the new Insignia sedan and hatchback thanks to their distinct tailgates as well as integrated spoiler design. The Insignia hatchback has a roofline that fades out when it reaches the spoiler trailing edge while the sedan has crease line flowing along the edge of the spoiler.

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