Rüsselsheim/Frankfurt. Opel heads into the future with seven world premieres at the 65th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt from September 12 – 22. The Rüsselsheim automaker reveals the new Opel Insignia OPC, with a fresh look, re-worked chassis and innovative infotainment, at its Stand D 09 in Hall 8, covering more than 3,200 m2. The 239 kW/325 hp 2.8-liter V6 turbo engine with maximum torque of 435 Nm catapults Opel’s top athlete from zero to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds. Just as spectacular as the OPC version of the brand’s flagship are world premieres for the Insignia Country Tourer, the adventure-loving member of the new Insignia family, as well as the hatchback, notchback and Sports Tourer models – all with a new design, trendsetting infotainment and best-in-class engines.
Opel also shows the public what mobility of the future will look like with the premiere of its Monza Concept – Opel’s vision of connected and efficient mobility. At the same time, Opel showcases what modern day driving has to offer with innovative models and infotainment solutions such as the ADAM Black Link and the ADAM White Link and new engine generations. A new, 200 hp 1.6 SIDI turbo for the Cascada convertible and the new family of small gasoline engines, coupled with a new six-speed transmission, also make their debuts in Frankfurt.
“We have strong products that will lead Opel back onto the road to success, as well as innovative concepts which show the future direction of the automobile. “We are now better positioned than ever before with our broad portfolio of attractive models and trendsetting technologies. Come see for yourself at the IAA,” says Opel CEO Dr Karl-Thomas Neumann, inviting all visitors to stop by the Opel stand and see the brand’s products up close.
New Insignia OPC: World premiere for the ultimate Opel powerhouse
With 239 kW/325 hp and 435 Nm maximum torque, the Insignia OPC is the ultimate top-of-the-line performer among Opel models. It makes its debut at the IAA with new and refreshed looks. The re-styled front and rear, with signature OPC design elements such as distinctive saber-tooth detailing at the front and the tailpipe trim integrated in the rear, underline its power and evoke visions of high-speed laps around the Nürburgring.
The eye-catching bodywork encapsulates state-of-the-art technology. The OPC chassis is enhanced, with special focus on the re-worked rear axle – as in the other members of the new Insignia family – where engineers have modified around 60 percent of the componentry. In addition, noise and vibration behavior is improved through numerous fine-tuning measures. New ESP software enables even more precise dynamics tuning, especially in reaction to understeer tendencies. Modified damper software for the FlexRide chassis with its adjustable shock absorbers ensures optimum roadholding. This OPC-specific programming improves driving dynamics, allowing a quicker and more precise response to different maneuvers and road conditions. The Insignia OPC sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds (Sports Tourer: 6.3 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). In unrestricted specification, the OPC with manual transmission goes on to a maximum speed of 270 km/h (Sports Tourer: 265 km/h). The high performance, Brembo braking system ensures rapid deceleration with maximum stability, even during high-intensity use.
The cabin welcomes OPC drivers with pure motorsport ambience. Recaro performance seats, also optionally available in leather with a memory function, the OPC gearshift knob and a completely new main instrument panel and center console exude premium flair. Beyond basic information, drivers can see specific details like oil pressure and temperature, battery voltage, throttle position, brake power and the g-force resulting from lateral acceleration on the optional, 8-inch instrument readout display.
The new performance steering wheel (optionally heated) features shift levers when it is combined with automatic transmission. This enables the OPC driver to execute extremely quick manual shifts, even when in automatic mode. If the shift levers are then idle for at least 12 seconds, the vehicle continues to drive normally in automatic mode. In this way the new Insignia OPC comfortably combines the advantages of a manual and automatic operation.
New Insignia line-up: The infotainment revolution
The new Opel Insignia makes its world premiere at the IAA with following variants: four-door, five-door and Sports Tourer as well as Country Tourer and OPC versions. Opel’s top model range impresses with even more attractive interior and exterior styling, taking the brand’s award-winning design philosophy ‘sculptural artistry meets German precision’ to the next level. A special highlight is the introduction of a completely new infotainment generation that is now available for all Insignia models. It integrates many smartphone functions into the car and can be operated intuitively and simply via a touchpad, touchscreen or steering wheel controls, as well as voice commands.
Under the hood, new powerful and ultra-efficient direct injection engines, like the two turbo gasoline units and the new 99 g CO2 turbo diesel, expand the wide portfolio. This exceptionally low emissions level puts the 88 kW/120 hp and 103 kW/140 hp 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine variants in the German A+ efficiency class. In four and five-door models with a six-speed manual gearbox and Start/Stop, both output variants consume just 3.7 liters of fuel per 100 km over the combined cycle, emitting only 99 g/km CO2 (according to Regulation [EC] No 715/2007), while the Sports Tourer achieves 3.9 l/100 km and 104 g/km CO2. As a result, the Opel Insignia 2.0 CDTI is the most fuel efficient diesel car in its class. Engineers have also made the new Insignia’s body even more aerodynamic. With exceptionally low Cd values of 0.25 and 0.28 respectively, the Insignia hatchback is the world’s most streamlined five-door car, while the Sports Tourer is the most aerodynamic series production station wagon on the market.
New Insignia Country Tourer: Adventure-loving Insignia family member
World premiere number three is the Opel Insignia Country Tourer. While its Sports Tourer sibling is an elegant family and business station wagon, the new Insignia Country Tourer expresses an innate desire for adventure. This athletic all-rounder, with its higher ground clearance, provides freedom beyond the constraints of city limits and asphalt roads. Defining features include elements hinting at protective under-body guards front and rear, combined with prominent wheel-arch and lower body cladding, all complemented by dual exhaust tailpipes. State-of-the-art all-wheel drive ensures grip and sure-footed handling in all driving conditions. It is teamed with powerful turbo engines, such as a 184 kW/250 hp, 2.0-liter SIDI direct injection gasoline unit or a high-performance 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI – both generating impressive maximum torque of 400 Nm.
Monza Concept: Visionary study shows automobility of the future
Lithe, athletic looks outside, unique projection technology inside and a modular design that enables sustainable propulsion systems par excellence: the Opel Monza Concept is stylish, ultra-modern efficiency on four wheels. This visionary concept car also makes its world premiere at the IAA and shows what people can expect from Opel in the future.
Efficiency and connectivity is the main focus of development for the next generation of Opel models. The Monza Concept therefore offers a fascinating preview of what is in store. To visually express Opel’s quest for increased efficiency, the Monza study presents an evolution of Opel’s current design philosophy of ‘sculptural artistry meets German precision’, featuring body contours which convey a sense of lithe athleticism rather than pure muscle power. In terms of connectivity, it offers trailblazing possibilities that are a quantum leap forward in the development of infotainment systems. All information is displayed via innovative projection technology within an instrument panel that stretches door-to-door – a world ‘first’ in the automotive sector. Just as ground-breaking is the Monza Concept’s modular design, which allows the highest-possible flexibility in the selection of propulsions systems. The Monza Concepts makes the future of automobiles tangible today.
Individuality champion ADAM: Even more choice, even better connectivity
The stylish Opel ADAM is not only the individualization champion, it is also the best connected small car on the market. This is again demonstrated by the new ADAM Black Link and ADAM White Link special models, which come with the IntelliLink infotainment system and Siri Eyes Free voice control fitted as standard. Both new models make their debut at the International Motor Show (IAA). Produced in a limited edition of 2,000 units, the ADAM Black Link and White Link variants reflect typical smartphone looks in black or white, with accents in brushed aluminum. They thus embody a perfect blend of ultra-modern infotainment and connectivity technology with clear, technically-inspired design.
In addition, the chic Opel ADAM will strengthen its position as individualization champion over the coming months with more interior and exterior options. New colors for the body and roof, new wheel designs and new décor elements also now add to customization possibilities. In the interior, the ADAM shines with new colors and graphics for the instrument panel, center console and doors, as well as new seat upholstery and additional roofliner designs. All this greatly increases personalization possibilities, enabling ADAM buyers to put together the car of their dreams.
1.0-liter SIDI turbo with 85 kW/115 hp: New three-cylinder standards
With three all-new engine families and the introduction of 13 new power units through 2016, Opel is also in the fast lane in terms of enhancing its engine portfolio. A newly-designed 85 kW/115 hp three-cylinder SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) engine now makes its world premiere at the IAA. This 1.0-liter turbo gasoline engine is not only environmentally friendly, it also sets a new benchmark for three-cylinder refinement, with noise and vibration characteristics that are superior to many four cylinder units. This pocket powerhouse also delivers high low-end torque of 166 Nm all the way from 1,800 to 4,700 rpm. It makes its debut with a newly-developed six-speed manual gearbox in the Opel ADAM next year.
Cascada 1.6 SIDI turbo with 147 kW/200 hp: Pure convertible feeling
One displacement class higher, a high-performance version of Opel’s new 1.6 SIDI turbo engine – delivering 147 kW/200 hp, 300 Newton meters of torque with overboost and enabling a top speed of 235 km/h – makes its world premiere in the Opel Cascada. It is one of an entirely new generation of mid-size, four-cylinder Opel engines using gasoline direct injection. This second, new variant marks the power peak of Opel’s 1.6-liter class engine, and it is the outright torque champion in its competitive field. It joins the 1.6 SIDI turbo with 125 kW/170 hp, which was introduced at the Cascada’s market launch in the spring.