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by Tim Beissmann

The German engineers behind the Opel Insignia OPC have unleashed the vehicle’s Australian-made engine, allowing the mid-sized sports sedan to reach 270km/h.

The Opel Insignia OPC Unlimited does away with the electronic speed limiter of the standard OPC model, which normally keeps it down to 250km/h.

The six-speed manual sedan is the only model that can achieve the 270km/h top speed, however the Unlimited package will also be available in five-door hatchback and Sports Tourer body styles, as well as with the option of the six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2.8-litre turbocharged engine from GM Holden’s Fisherman’s Bend plant is otherwise unchanged; meaning it still produces 239kW of power, 435Nm of torque, sprints from 0-100km/h in as little as 6.0 seconds and uses no more than 11.0 litres/100km of fuel on the combined cycle.

Included in the Unlimited kit is a redesigned speedometer and tachometer and blue-badged Brembo brakes, as well as an invitation to complete an OPC performance driver training course at Opel’s Dudenhofen proving ground.

Adam Opel AG vice president, sales, marketing and aftersales, Alain Visser, said the Opel Insignia OPC Unlimited was the direct result of consumer demand.

“We are responding to frequently expressed customer wishes,” Mr Visser said.

“Insignia OPC buyers are generally experienced and responsible drivers who want to enjoy the full technical possibilities of their car.”

Sales will begin this month with prices starting at 48,605 euros ($66,230) – 1990 euros ($2710) more than the electronically limited Insignia OPC.

Opel announced in January that the Insignia would be among the first vehicles to join its Australian line-up when the premium European marque enters the local market in 2012.

It’s unlikely the 270km/h Insignia OPC Unlimited will be offered locally, but our fingers are crossed that the standard OPC variants find their way here.




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