2014 Opel Insignia OPC gets a facelift too

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2013

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).

In unrestricted specification, the Insignia OPC with manual transmission has a top speed of 270 km/h (Sports Tourer 265 km/h). Due to this numbers, a Brembo braking system takes care of the driver in order to ensure rapid deceleration with maximum stability. Inside, we find Recaro performance seats which are also available in leather as an option, OPC gearshift knob, a new main instrument panel and center console.

Moreover, we find an optional 8-inch instrument readout display that shows basic information as well as details like oil pressure and temperature, battery voltage, throttle position, brake power and the g-force resulting from lateral acceleration.

For the mid-size segment, Opel implements a design philosophy that can be described as sculptural artistry combined with German precision. Despite receiving multiple awards, the new Insignia has managed to reveal that this design principle can still be evolved. For those not familiar, this design theme utilizes dynamics and a premium feel that is mixed in with a front graphic that is clearly wide and low.

This allows it to showcase further its wide stance. Unlike before, the high-gloss chrome grille is positioned lower and wider. The brand bar where the Opel logo is placed has been made leaner. In addition, it now has winglets which focus one’s attention on the redesigned headlamps. Viewed from the side, the sedan version of the Insignia can easily be set apart from the hatchback version by looking at the distinct tailgates and the way the spoiler integrated to it has been designed. Under the five-door version, the roofline only fades out when it arrives at the spoiler trailing edge.

As such, it helps highlight a profile like that of the classic coupé. Meanwhile with the four-door model, this particular crease line goes through the spoiler’s edge and thus underscores the overall length of the sedan and all its elegance. The Insignia will be fitted with the bi-xenon lamps that will include the AFL+ safety lighting system. The actual features though will depend on the trim version.

However, all of the headlamps will come in high gloss black with chrome accents fixed to it. This helps improve the technology inside. The up-level headlamps will have the wing signature daytime running light which makes use of LEDs. As a way of putting more focus on the size of the upper grille, the inserts on the lower front fascia have been designed to look wide and slim. Meanwhile, the fog lamps are mixed in with chrome accents and the wide black inserts. These fog lamps begin thin but as it comes closer to the wheelhouse, they get thicker. This appears to pronounce not just the front design’s width but more importantly the unrivaled design of this model.

Press Release

2014 Opel Insignia OPC

With 239 kW/325 hp and 435 Nm maximum torque, the Opel Insignia OPC is the ultimate top-of-the-line performer among Opel models. The all-wheel drive model makes its debut with a new, refreshed look and modified chassis at the 2013 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.

"The Insignia OPC dazzles with new radiance," says Michael Ableson, Vice President GME Engineering. "With great attention to detail, our engineers have given it some decisive fine-tuning. This is evident in its design and in its even better driving performance. This puts the OPC squarely in the first league of mid-size series production sports cars."

Attention to detail - inside and out

The new Opel Insignia OPC impresses at first glance. The re-styled front and rear, with signature OPC design elements such as distinctive saber-tooth detailing at the front and the tailpipe trim integrated in the rear, underline its power and evoke visions of high-speed laps around the Nürburgring.

The eye-catching bodywork encapsulates state-of-the-art technology. The OPC chassis is enhanced, with special focus on the re-worked rear axle - as in the other members of the new Insignia family - where engineers have modified around 60 percent of the componentry. In addition, noise and vibration behavior is improved through numerous fine-tuning measures. New ESP software enables even more precise dynamics tuning, especially in reaction to understeer tendencies. Modified damper software for the FlexRide chassis with its adjustable shock absorbers ensures optimum roadholding. This OPC-specific programming improves driving dynamics, allowing a quicker and more precise response to different maneuvers and road conditions.

With six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive, the Insignia OPC sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds (Sports Tourer: 6.3 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). In unrestricted specification, the OPC with manual transmission goes on to a maximum speed of 270 km/h (Sports Tourer: 265 km/h). The high performance, Brembo braking system ensures rapid deceleration with maximum stability, even during high-intensity use.

In addition, the Insignia OPC benefits from its electronically controlled 4x4 system. The all-wheel drive system incorporates a high-quality clutch, operating on Haldex principles, and an electronic limited-slip differential to ensure superb traction. It constantly adapts to prevailing road conditions and varies torque distribution seamlessly from zero to 100 percent between the front and rear axles, as well as between the rear wheels. In combination with the electronically controlled FlexRide premium chassis, the all-wheel drive system sets standards in terms of reaction time and vehicle control.

Motorsports feeling flows into interior

The cabin welcomes OPC drivers with pure motorsport ambience. Recaro performance seats, also optionally available in leather with a memory function, the OPC gearshift knob and a completely new main instrument panel and center console exude premium flair. Beyond basic information, drivers can see specific details like oil pressure and temperature, battery voltage, throttle position, brake power and the g-force resulting from lateral acceleration on the optional, 8-inch instrument readout display.

The new performance steering wheel (optionally heated) features shift levers when it is combined with automatic transmission. This enables the OPC driver to execute extremely quick manual shifts, even when in automatic mode. If the shift levers are then idle for at least 12 seconds, the vehicle continues to drive normally in automatic mode. In this way the new Insignia OPC comfortably combines the advantages of a manual and automatic operation.

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