Sunday, April 19, 2009

New Reveal : 2010 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia OPC/VXR

Like the new Vectra-replacement Opel Insignia? It certainly looks great. However, with only a four-cylinder engine, we assume the motor won't support the looks. So it's up to this version of the Insignia that will dominate the enthusiast's' mind. It's the Opel Insignia OPC, or as the UK market will call it, Vauxhall Insignia VXR. An uprated and performance-oriented Insignia that will enter the market facing the Volkswagen Passat R36, Audi S4, BMW 335i, and Infinti's G37S. So it has to be a good rival to keep up with the others in this tough segment.
In the looks, the design chiefs at Opel decided to go for a flamboient look. The new body kit features a GTC Concept Coupe with tear-like air scoops at both corners, style front bumper upfront. At the back, the trunk holds a sport lip-spoiler, and the rear bumper houses two large matte chrome exhaust pipes. The best side for the Insignia OPC is in profile-view; with the extended side sills and 19-inch darkened wheels, the OPC has a mean stance.
Inside, Opel treated the Insignia OPC with sport Recaro front seats, a new three-spoke leather steering wheel, OPC badges around the inerior, and a sharper gear shifter for rapid shifts throughout the gears.
The top-gun Insignia OPC is powered by GM's 2.8L V6, with added twin-turbochargers. Output is an astonishing 325 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. With only a 6-speed manual offered, the Insignia OPC will hit 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, at reach to an electronic top speed of 155 mph. That's actually quite brisk considering the Insignia OPC is a budget high-performance.
Unlike previous generation front-wheel drive Vectra OPC, the range-topping Insignia OPC benefits from a new four-wheel drive system, also used in Saab 9-3 Turbo X, which incorporates a torque-splitting electronic rear differential and senses which wheel needs more grip than the others. With this high-tech four-wheel drive system, the electronically controlled, limited slip rear differential (eLSD) can transfer up to only 40% of torque at moments. So in other words, it's still mainly a front-wheel drive chassis.
Nevertheless, Opel engineers have developed a new front-axle architecture, with HiPerStrut front suspension based on the famous McPherson struts. Benefits are an improved steering feel, reduced steering disturbances due to the high torque and an enhanced feeling in the handling for the driver. Stopping power is now provided by a set of Brembo vented and cross drilled discs.
Sales of the new Opel Insignia OPC are scheduled to begin in Europe as quick as this summer. So with a competitive line-up from the standard Insignia, the all-new Astra, the Volt-based Ampera, and now to the OPC edition; it seems Opel are getting back on their own legs.

Source : [Opel]

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