Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Opel Insignia OPC with 6-speed Automatic Gearbox

Opel Insignia OPC with 6-speed Automatic Gearbox

The Opel brand’s top model, the Insignia OPC (Opel Performance Center) with output of 239 kW/325 hp, is now also available with six-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive high-performance model offers exciting driving dynamics and handling that meet the highest standards while providing great value for money.

Opel Insignia OPC

Prices for the new transmission variant start at 48,665 euros for the four-door notchback (five-door hatchback 49,055 euros; Sports Tourer 50,140 euros, both including VAT).
The adaptive transmission control unit is connected to the mechatronic FlexRide chassis system which adapts damping and other driving functions to drivers’ preferences. OPC drivers choose between a default standard mode, for all-round performance ideal for everyday driving or a special Sport mode, in which the chassis suspension stiffens and reduces body roll for more agility. When the OPC mode is selected, steering gets more direct, the throttle is more responsive, and the chassis is in high-performance mode. To add to the sporty feeling, all dials are illuminated in red. The OPC automatic transmission’s shifting character is tuned for even more driving fun and adapts to prevailing driving conditions in the standard and sport modes. The OPC mode is even more uncompromisingly sporty: shifting points are around maximum rpm during heavy acceleration and downshifting is very dynamic when braking heavily, for instance before heading into a curve.

The new transmission variant’s driving performance, consumption and emission levels are practically identical to the manual version. The Insignia OPC versions with automatic transmission cover the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 to 6.6 seconds for the sedans or the Sports Tourer, and the maximum speed (restricted) for all variants is 250 km/h. Consumption and CO2 emissions in the combined cycle with the new gearbox are 10.7 l/100 km and 251 g/km (notch and hatchback) and 11.0 l/100 km and 259 g/km (Sports Tourer).

As is the case with all OPC models, a separate 10,000 km test program was conducted on the Nürburgring Nordschleife for optimal fine-tuning of the new transmission variant. 10,000 high-speed kilometers on the Nordschleife mean a stress factor times 18 on the car: they translate to around 180,000 km of driving on normal roads.

“Our customers often told us that they would like an automatic transmission version,” says Michael F. Meyer, Product Marketing Director at Adam Opel GmbH. “So we responded to this request and expanded the Insignia OPC drive train offer with this alternative – and offer it at a great price.”

The response from media and car enthusiasts is uniformly positive. In the fall of 2010, the Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer won the “Best Sports Car of the Year” award for the second time in a row from Auto Bild SportsCars, a sister publication of the German car magazine Auto Bild. Around 68,000 readers voted for their favorite model from a total of more than 170 vehicles. The Sports Tourer dominated the station wagon category, relegating the German premium brand competitors to second place and lower.

About Opel Insignia OPC
While OPC stands for Opel Performance Center, car enthusiasts know OPC is more than just an acronym – it is an expression of pure passion. OPC showcases just how much sporty potential and technological expertise is in Opel cars. The OPC versions evoke emotion and are the top‑of‑the-line variants in their model range for driving dynamics.

Currently they come as a frisky three-door Corsa, a racy version of the elegant Insignia sedan and hatch; and as a sporty Insignia wagon. More models are nearing the starting line.

Opel Insignia OPC: Sedan and “Sport Wagon of the Year 2009”
Dynamic and passionate driving has an all-new meaning at Opel since mid-2009 when the Insignia OPC variants were launched. The 2.8 V6 turbo gasoline engine with an output of 239 kW/325 hp makes these cars the most powerful Opel production vehicles of all time.

With six-speed manual gearbox, the OPC variants are on offer in the form of sedan, hatchback and Sports Tourer. The strong torque of 400 Nm ensures abundant pulling power even at lower engine speeds. With this engine performance, the Insignia OPC sedans reach a top speed of 250 km/h (restricted) and sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in six seconds. Even the acceleration is impressive: It takes the Insignia OPC a mere 7.1 seconds to race from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth gear.

For the first time, the OPC portfolio is fitted with the Brembo calliper brakes and the perforated 355 mm disc on the front axle, as well as with the Adaptive 4x4 system and its electronic rear limited slip differential (eLSD). The four-wheel drive management unit has been recalibrated to adapt torque distribution to the sporty philosophy of the OPC.

Also standard is the FlexRide suspension: The mechatronic system not only adapts to driving situation and driving style but also to the driver’s preferences. The standard mode puts the vehicle in a high comfort setting, while the special Sport mode adds a notable extra in agility. The OPC setting places drivers in a third dimension: Steering is more direct, the gas pedal speaks clearly and the chassis turns on to maximum handling.

The High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) front suspension architecture is designed especially for the Insignia OPC. With a reduced kingpin inclination and a shorter spindle length. HiPerStrut reduces torque steering reactions, improves grip and increases cornering power, offering Insignia OPC drivers the crisp feel they expect, with enhanced precision and feedback.

The car looks as hot as it performs, with tiger tooth-shaped air intakes in the front bumper, rocker panels, an integrated rear spoiler and specially designed 19” (245/40) OPC wheels. Twenty-inch wheels with 255/35 can be ordered. Satin chrome finishes and expressive dual exhaust pipes integrated into the rear bumper add to the appeal.

Inside, designers created a sporty dressing, with a dark headliner, a special shifter and a flat-bottomed, performance steering wheel. The Recaro front seats with optional four-way lumbar support and cushion extension are the first high performance seats in the industry to receive the most coveted seal of excellence from the independent orthopedic experts from Aktion Gesunder Rücken (Action for Healthy Backs).

So much sportiness packed in one beautiful car prompted readers of AutoBild magazine to crown the Insignia OPC Sports Tourer: Sports Wagon of the Year 2009.

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