It’s time to revisit an old friend, we had reviewed the Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer some time back and loved it’s AWD capabilities and neat package. Not much has changed since then, it still packs the same 2.8L turbocharged V6 good for 325 Horses but now it’s priced lower and comes with 3D navigation and adaptive cruise control which were missing on the previous models.
2016 Opel Insignia OPC Sedan Review
Competition is tough in its price segment, now a days around the AED 150k mark there are some heavyweights. Opel has shied away from the spot light in this region and its belittling the enormous capabilities of the Insignia OPC. Now imagine a V6, turbocharged AWD machine that features Recaro huggers to strap you in tight and the bends at Jabel Jais. The OPC has the right ingredients, it’s stable, fast once the turbo’s have spooled up and the agency’s promise of an after sales support par excellence.
Family cars these days are getting more driver oriented. Yes there are those whose sole existence is basic transportation coupled with low fuel consumption but its the guys and gals with itchy palms that think out of the box and break the norms and goes for something different. All these need to do is just give it a chance. The Opel is most definitely not the first word around this region when it comes to mid sized sporty sedans but in all reality this particular model is just that, it is sporty and a cracker of laughter once you wind its nose around some open path.
Once inside the car, you would be treated to some hip hugging Recaro bucket seats and meaty steering wheel which sends out a subtle hint on the cars performance characteristics. Rear leg room is ample for tall adults and more than enough for kids and pets. The Insignia OPC features the same 6 speed automatic which is seamless and more than up to its mark to handle the torque. There is turbo lag in the lower rpm range but that can be easily overcome, thanks to Opel’s FlexRide electronic system which gives “Normal / Sport and OPC” range of driving dynamics. It’s the latter which we prefer should be on as default and the use of its paddle shifters to enjoy the most of the Insignia OPC’s 325hp and its 435Nm of torque. The OPC also features HiPerStrut front and Multilink rear suspension setups which flattens road imperfections while giving the driver a greater sense of connectivity and driving engagement. The instrumentation glows red once the OPC button is pressed, hinting at its ulterior capabilities and intentions.
The drive is characteristically German if we were to indulge on a bit. By that we mean that there is some road feel which is a good thing and the buttons are there at the right places. Once you push the car around you would truly understand the benefit of its AWD system. Cutting corners becomes that much easier but it also carries along a piece of mind which subconsciously makes you a more relaxed driver. As with most AWD vehicles, there is a tendency to under-steer but that can be easily corrected by letting go of the gas slightly and the front end tuck nicely to the intended direction.
We preferred driving the OPC hard because for everyday driving the OPC is very civilized, in reality it would be crying its heart out and begging to be allowed to stretch its legs. Joys of driving and its simple pleasures is what we miss out when absorbed in our everyday routines. Cars such as the Opel, which are underdogs here provides a lot for our hard earned money. All we need to do is just walk into its territory and take it out for a spin. I am sure that those who are yet to try it will be pleasantly surprised.
|2016 OPEL Insignia OPC Sedan|
|Displacement||2.8L turbocharged V6|
|Rated Output||325 hp @ 5,500 rpm|
|Rated Torque||435Nm @ 5,250 rpm|
|Transmission – type of gearshift||6 speed automatic, AWD|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||6.3 secs|
|Max Speed||250 kmph (limited), 285 kmph de-restricted|
|Price (AED)||150,000 approx|