Opel Insignia OPC Facelift Revealed ahead of Frankfurt Debut [Photo Gallery]
So, then, what exactly is so good about the most anticlimactic "new" car of the year? The most powerful car Opel makes only gets a bit of cosmetic surgery for the front and rear fascias. The changes are barely visible, but we do like the black plastic added to the headlights and the chrome strip incorporated into the taillights.
On the drivetrain front, the "New Insignia OPC" makes the same old 325 HP (239 kW) and 435 Nm (321 lb-ft) sent to an all-wheel drive system. The good news is they've changed the suspension and the ESP setup to reduce undesteer and make the car more fun to 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 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.”
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