Published on 13-12-2012 07:49 AM
The Opel Australia family is set to get even hotter with the confirmation of the Insignia OPC and Corsa OPC to join the Astra OPC from March 2013. Opel Australia’s Managing Director, Bill Mott said that being able to bring the three model OPC model line-up to Australia has long been on the top of the wish list since Opel announced they were heading down under.
- Most powerful hot hatch in its segment, Astra OPC confirmed for 2013
- Insignia OPC and Corsa OPC to complete OPC model line-up from March 2013
- Opel Performance Centre (OPC) – emotional and performance spearhead of Opel
“Since we confirmed the Astra OPC at the Sydney show, dealers have reported back strong customer enquiry with many customer orders being placed already. OPC has always been on the top of our local wish list and we’re very excited to confirm that when the Astra OPC arrives in March, it will be joined by the Corsa OPC and Insignia OPC,” he said.
For over 13 years the OPC brand has been the emotional and performance halo of Opel. OPC combines the style and practicality of the Opel range while delivering an ultimate performance car. Whether it is in the Corsa, Astra or Insignia, the OPC brand is set to ignite pure passion behind the wheel.
The most powerful production vehicle Opel has ever produced, the Insignia OPC sedan is powered by Opel’s advanced 2.8-litre V6 Turbo ECOTEC engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Producing segment leading, 239kW of power and 435Nm of torque the engine uses a single, twin scroll turbocharger and variable valve control for quick throttle response.
The model will be the first Opel in Australia to come with Opel’s adaptive 4X4 technology, using a bespoke chassis developed through an extensive test programme at the gruelling Nürburgring circuit in Germany.
The HiPerStrut system is unique to the Insignia OPC and serves two primary functions to reduce torque-steer, but also to maintain negative camber during cornering, thereby improving ultimate grip levels in wet or dry conditions.
Complementing these features are standard 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch lightweight forged alloys will be a cost option), revised bushing and damper settings on both axles, and Brembo® brakes with colour-keyed callipers and vented/cross-drilled discs.
On the exterior the Sedan will carry a deeper bumper, incorporating bold, twin mesh grilles either side of the main grille, a rear spoiler and dual matt chrome exhausts.
This sporting theme continues in the Insignia OPC’s cabin. Recaro® front seats, OPC steering wheel, OPC gearknob and unique mouldings are standard, along with different instrument graphics, OPC sill plates and a black headlining.