by Jez Spinks

The Opel Corsa OPC and Opel Insignia OPC models are set to expand the German brand’s performance line-up in Australia.

General Motors’ sister brand to Holden debuted the Opel Astra OPC at last week’s 2012 Sydney motor show, confirming the 206kW hot-hatch would be released in February 2013 with a $42,990 price tag.

CarAdvice, however, understands the Opel Astra OPC will be joined by the Opel Performance Centre (OPC) versions of the Corsa city car and Insignia medium car about the same time.

Opel Corsa OPC - 1

Opel Australia boss Bill Mott would only say officially at the 2012 Sydney motor show that the company was investigating the business case for further OPC models locally.

The Opel Corsa OPC is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 141kW and 230Nm of torque with overboost.

It comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and sprints from 0-100km/h in about 7.0 seconds (0-60mph is 6.8sec), with fuel consumption rated at 7.3 litres per 100km.

Opel Corsa OPC - 2

A mechanical limited-slip differential is also included to improve the Corsa OPC’s cornering ability.

There’s lower, stiffer suspension compared to the regular Opel Corsa and switchable electronic stability control.

The Opel Corsa OPC sits on 17-inch alloy wheels as standard, with 18s optional.

Opel Insignia OPC - 1

On the other side of the Astra OPC sits the Opel Insignia OPC – the company’s most powerful production car.

Propelled by a 2.8-litre turbo V6 with 239kW and 435Nm, the hot Insignia takes six seconds to reach 100km from standstill and can reach a top speed of 250km/h.

In-gear acceleration is also strong, with 80-120km/h taking 7.1 seconds.

A standard six-speed manual transmission, electronic limited-slip diff, Opel’s so-called HiPerStrut front suspension that’s designed to minimise torque steer and improve cornering grip, and big, 19-inch wheels (with optional 20s) all help with getting the sedan’s power to the ground.

Opel Insignia OPC - 2

The Opel Insignia OPC also features adaptive dampers with three settings, including an OPC mode that brings the most direct steering and sharpest throttle response.

Stopping power comes courtesy of large Brembo brakes while Recaro sports seats work to keep both driver and front passenger firmly in place.

Read CarAdvice’s Opel Astra OPC Review.

  • horsie

    Im down with OPC , yea you know me

  • Dave W

    Nice… Come on Mazda, give us the competition 6 MPS.

    • Zaccy16

      yeah the mps would be fantastic! a great car to build on in the new 6!

  • Sydlocal

    “In-gear acceleration is also strong, with 80-120km/h taking 7.1 seconds”. Strong compared to what? A standard 3L V6 Commodore and the 2L turbo Insignia should be able to do it in less time. The old and much less powerful Mazda6 MPS (seeing the post above mentioned it) used to do 80-120 in around 3.6 sec. This OPC couldn’t be that much slower. Maybe a miss-print Jez considering even a standard ecoboost Falcon can do 80-120 in under 5 seconds??

    • Karl Sass

      I think you’re right, surely a misprint?

    • Brett

      Probably means sixth gear, as it is a manual gearbox. 7.1 seconds from 80-120 in sixth is bloody quick, and as such would justify their comments.

      • Sydlocal

        If they probably meant in 6th gear then why didn’t they state that? Plus I very much doubt a company trying to sell a performance car would only provide their “slowest” 80-120 time. Most either just show the quickest or do a break down for each individual gear. This would be one of the first times I have seen a “6th gear only” figure.

        • $29896495

          I think you’ll simply find the number is wrong. Another little mistake from CA. Those lovable laricans.

          What’s with the comment in the article “so called” hyper strut. I’ve seen it demonstrated.  By comparison to normal mac struts, it doesn’t move when the wheel turns or is under power. Hence NO torque steer. (I suppose they could have called it Opel strut, would that have made you happy?)

    • TiVo

      FPV F6 does it in 2.7 secs  so I dont get why 7.1 secs is a big deal 

      • $29896495

        If it can get to 100 in 6 seconds, that would make the number wrong. Simple as that. 

        • Zaccy16

          Exactly, the gearing would have to be very very bad if it took that long from 80 to 120

  • Dan87

    That Corsa looks good!

    • Dan87

      Has that Generation Corsa has been around for a while?

      • Dave W

        6 years according to Wheels magazine.

    • Zaccy16

      this version looks good, the normal version is very outdated and to pricey compared to much better rivals

  • filippo

    Nice to see the Insignia has a 6-speed manual. Finally Mondeo XR5 owners will have something to trade up to.

  • Zaccy16

    I wonder if the insignia can corner at all with 239 kw going through the front wheels! maybe i read it wrong?

    • Guest

      Insignia is AWD :)

      • Dave W

        If it’s really AWD, then why did the article mention HiPerStrut front suspension to minimise torque steer?

        • Guest

          its definately AWD, check any review of the OPC overseas

          • Dave W

            You are correct. The article mentioning torque steer threw me off. I don’t understand why they’d worry about torque steer if it’s AWD.

          • Zaccy16

            Yeah that threw me off too

        • Blair Waldorf

           It has Haldex AWD, which is ultimately front biased and sends power backwards as its needed. Haldex is known to still torque steer a bit on the Golf R/Audi S3/RS3/TTRS, so Opel’s probably used their HiPerStrut suspension to stop this.

          • Dave W

            Thanks for the explanation. Very surprising to learn that even VW and Audi both use this kind of AWD system. I can understand it if it was for a non performance vehicles but not on performance oriented cars. These cars deserve 50/50 split at least, if not rear biased. Or even better, let the driver dial it in manually like in WRX STi.

      • Zaccy16

        That’s lucky then! I thought it might have been like the old vectors vxr that they sold in Europe

  • JamesB

    Six seconds to 100 with 239kW?

  • SM

    Astra OPC looks very nice (as does the Corsa OPC actually), but i’ll take an Insignia OPC if the price is right! :)

  • Robin_Graves

    This is where Holden could have been over the last few years instead of the Daewoo rubbish they dish up now.

    • $29896495

      So true, I’m not a Holden fan (owned and Astra SRI and the Holden service was sh-t) but they could be number 1 now with their network and these cars.

      • Jober As A Sudge

        Unfortunately the powers that be at GM put a stop to Opel sourced vehicles and forced Holden onto the Daewoo path.

  • Ted

    Nice cars, but to $$$ in Australia !

    • $29896495

      doubtful judging by the OPC Astra. (still a bit pricey but reasonable considering the competition)

      • JooberJCW

        Agree at 42k for the astra opc how many other hot hatch in the power bracket are priced similarly?

  • reprezentyLightwciety

    OPC Power kidss

  • Damonculus

    had a look at these cars at the motorshow, very nice inside and out.

  • Bent6brigade

    Holden have made a mistake._Opel should sell under-Holdens badge.

    • Dave W

      From what I’ve read, it was GM’s decision, and Holden did protest the decision but there’s nothing they can do to stop it.

      • Bent6brigade

        6m must want to keep Opel as a German brand to market.If Holden dealers couldn’t sell these Opels they would have To give it away.These cars look really impressive.

        • JooberJCW

          Agree a german brand gives the first impression of quality and refinement which the holden brand lacks of.

  • F1orce

    Why are Opel so slow considering their power?

    • $29896495

      The number is wrong

  • MangeRover

    Poor unsuspecting Opel owners had to purchase the whole hub assembly at Astra-nomical expense when the wheel bearings needed replacing. This is just one example of an Opel maintenance nightmare. One can only hope the latest mechanical designs are more owner friendly. CA might ask the manufacturers to provide info on all serviceable parts that only come as part of an assembly.

    • $29896495

      That isn’t only Opel, but Holden,Ford, Toyota, Renault, Nissan, Rang Rover etc etc. Service departments like to provide complete units. They make more money and it makes the job quicker. But you can also go to an outside mechanic and get them pressed out and in for a fraction of the cost of a dealer. Opel Holden Ford whatever. I don’t think it’s that hard?

  • Tex

    Interesting that Opel has been losing money year-on-year for GM, and that many have recommended the sale of the brand.

    I guess the alliance with PSA might be a good thing afterall…

    • F1orce

      GM wants to get rid of Opel..

      Every brand’s European branch is losing money. 

  • Exar Kun

    Insignia wagon would be my choice for family hauler duties!