2018 Opel Insignia OPC Will Lead To Hot Commodore And Buick Regal GS

Opel is out testing a camouflaged Insignia Grand Sport and the only safe assumption we can make is that this is the range-topping OPC version.

The wrap does a good job at hiding the slightly more aggressive bodywork but the bigger exhaust tips give away the sporting credentials of the new OPC version.

The prototype is also right-hand drive, with the alloys featuring Holden badges. Don’t forget that the Insignia Grand Sport is offered from Opel and Vauxhall in Europe, as well as a Buick Regal in the USA and as Holden Commodore down under.

The car also features a lower front bumper, a rear spoiler, fatter side sills and a matching rear bumper along with a lower suspension in order to give it a more aggressive stance.

There is a lot of mystery going on about what engine is going to be used for the needs of the range-topping Insignia Grand Sport. Its predecessor was powered by a turbocharged 325hp 2.8-litre V6. While some reports suggest that Opel is planning a twin-turbo V6 with 350 to 400hp for the new model, others say that a turbocharged four-cylinder unit is what’s going to live under the bonnet, at least in the European market.

Holden has already announced a 308hp 3.6-litre V6 version of the new Commodore but in Europe the most powerful Insignia Grand Sport you can get right now comes with a 247hp turbocharged 2.0-litre unit. Whatever the engine, power will be transmitted to all four wheels via the much advertised torque vectoring all-wheel drive system.

Of course we prefer the twin-turbo V6 scenario better, which in turn might spawn a Buick Regal GS and a Holden Commodore HSV.

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  • Tumbi Mtika

    This will NEVER, EVER be deserving of the iconic name that is HSV.

    And it sure as hell AIN’T A COMMODORE.

    • Benjamin B.

      Better rebadged a Cadillac CT6 as a Holden

      • ediotsavant

        Still not a Commodore!

      • Eythan Aldrich

        uh no……

    • JIMI JAMES

      IT MAY DESERVE HSV,BECAUSE HSV’S WERE RORTS WITHIN ITSELF,
      WHAT IT DON’T DESERVE IS THE HOLDEN BRAND NOR BROCKS!

    • JIMI JAMES

      NO MANUAL TRANNY,PROPER GEARS,IT AIN’T TOUGH!

    • John Lewis

      Beat me to it Tumbi. I was going to say the same. I’ll add if it aint built in Australia, it ain’t a HOLDEN.

  • Bhaskar Manda

    i don’t see the point of a non-turbo V6. Bring the 2.0 diesel instead.

    • Benjamin B.

      I prefer a 2.0t petrol to diesel.

      • Bhaskar Manda

        It is already coming to the US with a 2.0 T petrol; the speculation is about additional engines.

  • Benjamin B.

    Why use the engine from the Cadillac ATS V? That’s a pretty massive 3.6 L for Europe, and it makes over 400HP.

  • ediotsavant

    It ain’t a Commodore HSV without a V8!

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Welcome to the future. 🙁

      • ediotsavant

        It ain’t to late to start a V8 ’til ’28 program.

        • Obsequious Lickspittle

          Haha! Hell yeah!

  • Ray
  • john1168

    I doubt it will have the 3.0TT. How much torque/hp can the fwd 8 or 9 speed auto handle??? I think it will just have the DI 3.6.

    • Darius Davis

      Well GM does have the current 6T80 6-speed in the XTS V-Sport and that transmission can handle the 410 hp 369 lb-ft of that 3.6 TT V6. I doubt GM wouldn’t make a 9-speed that could at least handle the same amount of power.

  • JIMI JAMES

    OVERWEIGHT,UNDERPOWERED BORING OVERHYPED LUMPASHT,LOOKING AT IT!
    WATCH HOW MUCH THEY’D EXPECT FOR TWIN TURBOS WITH THE SLUSHOMATICS!
    I PONDER DID THE GERMANS TEST THE TRANNYS TOWING REAL BOATS,REAL CARAVANS INSTEAD OF THE TRAILER WITH A FEW BOXES OF SLICED DOCUMENTS
    TO THE TIP AND BACK? HONESTLY IT’S A FARCE AND UTTER DISGRACE TO OZIS,
    NOW THAT THE NEO NAZI LIBERALS CONSTRICT TOWARDS A DULL FUTURE WITH OVER 50,000 LOST JOBS FROM UTTER IGNORANCE,THE BEST BET IS TO ASPIRE TOWARDS AUSTRALASIAN BUILT FOR EXAMPLE 20K GETS A 1.5 LITRE TURBO WITH 6 GEARS +132KW ON TAP 1300 KG VS OVER 2,000 KG,I KNOW WHICH WAY I’M HEADING,UNLESS FORD BRINGS US THE SHELBY MUSTANG AT A OUGHT TO BE ALLIE MATES PRICE,IF THEIR CIA’s DARES?

  • Matthijs

    Weird choice cause they didn’t sold that much OPC’s of its midsized car

  • Vassilis

    That AWD system better be heavily rear-biased.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      With 100% to the rear wheel at all times.

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