Opel Insignia OPC Unlimited Has No Speed Limiter!


Most car makers these days are hard at work trying to make their car a little bit more efficient. Opel meanwhile doesn’t care about it all! Instead they found a way to make their high performance Insignia sedan even faster and more fun.

By launching the Insignia OPC Unlimited, Opel is offering a delimited version of the car which has not electronic speed governor which instead of 250 km/h can do 270 km/h. It’s more than most of the other German high performance cars from Mercedes, BMW and Audi.

It’s not just the top speed that makes the OPC Unlimited interesting. The car comes with a complementary OPC performance driving training course on the Opel proving grounds in Dudenhofen, blue Brembo brake calipers, and a newly-designed tachometer and speedometer. They are also working on a special edition of the car with matt finish and a few extra goodies.

Opel Insignia OPC Unlimited Opel Insignia OPC Unlimited Has No Speed Limiter!

You can have the Opel Insignia OPC Unlimited  with all bodysyles, a six-speed manual or a paddle-shift automatic transmission, and of course the standard features including the 325 hp engine and the 4×4 system and FlexRide chassis.

Sales of the fastest production model in Opel history are set to start in April 2011. Prices begin at 48,605 euros (in Germany) for the four-door notchback with manual transmission.

More details on the car and the Unlimited verison in Opel’s press release:

The 239 kW/325 hp high-performance variant of the Opel Insignia – distinguished by the iconic letters ‘OPC’ – is now also available as an ‘Unlimited’ version without an electronically-restricted top speed. This top model in the Opel product portfolio, with all-wheel drive as standard, will fully exploit the potential of the vehicle’s driving dynamics, offering maximum speeds of up to 270 km/h (sedan, with manual transmission).

“We are responding to frequently expressed customer wishes,” says Alain Visser, Vice President Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Adam Opel AG. “Insignia OPC buyers are generally experienced and responsible drivers who want to enjoy the full technical possibilities of their car.” The Opel Insignia OPC ‘Unlimited’ is visually distinguished by a blue Brembo logo and a newly-designed tachometer and speedometer. A special edition of the vehicle is also planned with a matt black wrapping.

The performance flagship of the Opel model range comes with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission in all body styles. These comprise a four-door notchback and a five-door hatchback, as well as the Sports Tourer OPC station wagon, twice voted “Sportscar of the Year” (2009, 2010) by the German magazine “Auto Bild sportscars”. The ‘Unlimited’ customer package includes an OPC performance driving training course on the Opel proving grounds in Dudenhofen. Owners will learn how to exploit the driving dynamics of their vehicle even more safely and confidently, under the supervision of Opel brand ambassador Joachim Winkelhock and instructors with motor sports experience.

The driving performance of the new ‘Unlimited’ variant is identical to that of the speed-restricted versions, apart from the higher top speed. Insignia OPCs can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 6.0 to 6.6 seconds, depending on bodystyle and transmission. Combined-cycle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions range from 10.6 l/100 km and 249 g/km to 11.0 l/100 km and 259 g/km.

Powertrain alternative: the new 6-speed automatic transmission

The new 6-speed automatic transmission combines sporty dynamics and driving comfort at an especially high level, offering an attractive alternative to manual shift versions. Alongside the automatic function, a further shift mode is also available, enabling the driver to shift gears manually – optionally via steering wheel paddles. The transmission control system is linked to the Insignia OPC’s mechatronic FlexRide chassis. In addition to a standard setting giving balanced all-wheel drive characteristics for everyday driving, there are two further driver-selectable modes: ‘Sport’ gives more agility and more direct vehicle responses, while ‘OPC’ mode offers the ultimate ‘hard-edged’ experience in uncompromised handling dynamics. The automatic’s shifting character is tuned for even more driving fun and adapts to prevailing driving conditions, according to the mode selected.

The Insignia OPC’s innovative Adaptive 4×4 system ensures precise handling, maximum stability and the full use of available traction. The system uses a sport differential with hydraulic Haldex multi-disk clutch as well as electronic central and rear limited slip differentials (eLSD).

Like all Opel Performance models, the Insignia OPC ‘Unlimited’ benefits from an OPC-specific 10,000-kilometer test program, which validates its fine tuning and long-term endurance under the toughest possible conditions on the N?rburgring Nordschleife (north loop). The loads on the vehicle as a whole during this program are rated at factor 18, which corresponds to driving 180,000 kilometers on normal roads.

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