Opel Insignia OPC Refreshed in Frankfurt – News – Car and Driver …

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Opel Insignia OPC Proud Recipient of Same Mid-Cycle Updates as Our Regal [2013 Frankfurt Auto Show]

While we might not get the Opel Insignia OPC stateside, it is the kissin’ cousin of our Buick Regal GS. which makes it worth keeping a close eye on. The two share platforms and just about everything else, with the sad exception of the two items we’d like to have most: the Insignia OPC s 325-hp V-6 and available wagon body style. Well, they do now, anyway, after Opel updated its high-performance Insignia with the same new looks and new tech afforded to the updated-for-2014 Regal.

The Insignia’s fascia has been the subject of Buick-ization, with virtually identical headlamp bezels, lower sculpting, and a pair of—as Opel calls them—“saber-tooth” inlets to our Regal. The grille opening is also identical, but Buick’s vertical slats are replaced by a mesh pattern and Opel’s instantly recognizable logo. In the rear, exhaust outlets have been integrated into the bodywork.

In addition to numerous measures aimed at improving NVH, the performance-focused Insignia OPC (which comes standard with a Haldex all-wheel-drive system, an option on the Regal GS) gets a revised rear axle with approximately 60 percent new components. OPC-specific software programming for the stability-control system is claimed to improve reaction times in relation to understeer tendencies, and provide quicker response to changing road conditions. The electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system is diverting up to 100 percent of torque to either axle, and shifting power between the two rear wheels is also possible.

Opel is claiming a six-second 0–62 time for the sedan, and 6.3 seconds for the wagon, and a top speed of 156 mph. In unrestricted specification, Opel says that the manual-equipped Insignia OPC is good for 168 mph, a speed that would likely leave the stateside Regal behind.

A bespoke OPC shift knob, Recaro seats, and a multi-function instrument panel and center stack—foreshadowed in the new Regal GS—are all new to the Insignia. The center stack houses an available eight-inch touch screen that displays a host of infotainment and connectivity applications, as well as track-use performance data.

This cross-pollination of Buick and Opel doesn t look as though it will stop any time soon, not with former Buick and Cadillac chief designer Mark Adams recently being reassigned to overseeing GM s European design efforts. Now if only we could see about getting some of GM Europe s OPC bees to pollinate some of Buick s line of increasingly sporty offerings.

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