Here in the United States, automotive fans often clamor for European cars to make it to our shores – particularly performance cars. Companies like Audi have been happy to oblige with the TT-RS and the RS5.
Another is Buick, who has brought over the Opel Insignia as the Regal. The Regal sees very little changes versus its European counterpart – and that is a good thing. With the Regal brought over here, the next thing on our wish lists was the Insignia OPC.
Unfortunately, the “no changes” part doesn’t quite carry through for the performance iteration. The Regal GS, as it will be known, is powered by a 255 horsepower turbocharged Ecotec instead of the Insignia OPC’s 325-horsepower six, which is routed through an all-wheel drive system.
Until now, the Insignia OPC has been electronically-limited to 155 mph. Now Opel is offering a new version dubbed the Insignia OPC Unlimited that removes the limiter. What good does this do, you say? Here probably, not much. But in Germany, where the Autobahn reigns supreme, these kinds of speeds aren’t unfamiliar.
Apparently, it was something buyers were asking for as well. “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.”
Other than the removal of the speed limiter there aren’t any significant changes.The “Unlimited” model gets a blue Brembo logo on the brakes, as well as a redesigned tachometer and speedometer. A special edition of the Unlimited, painted in matte black, is said to be in the works. Buying the Unlimited nets you an OPC performance driving course that takes place at Opel’s proving grounds in Dudenhofen, Germany. And before you ask – you can pretty much be assured that Opel does plan to charge more for the Unlimited.