Following the introduction of Opel/Vauxhall Insignia OPC/VXR, now comes the estate version of if called the Sport Tourer. This four-wheel-drive sporty features the same unit in the sedan version, a 2.8 liter Ecotec V6 with 325 hp and 435 nm of torque.
Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, the Insignia Tourer OPC accelerates from null to hundred in 6.5 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 250 kmh. Unsurprisingly, the styling cues are identical to the sedan. You get those new aprons and big 20 inch rims and the same sort of intelligent suspension and ride controls underneath, but this being the estate version, it comes with a huge cargo space of 1530 liters! It also has an electric tail gate which its opening angle can be adjusted!
Combining all the technical highlights of the Opel Insignia OPC hatch and saloon with best in class-matching luggage capacity (rear seats up), the Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer is not only the fastest estate car Opel has ever produced, but also the first to incorporate Adaptive 4×4 and an electronic limited slip differential (eLSD).
Like its saloon and hatch siblings, the Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer sits 10 millimetres lower than the regular Sports Tourer, and features the unique HiPerStrut system, which reduces torque-steer and maintains negative camber during cornering, thereby improving wet and dry grip levels.
Complementing these features are standard 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch lightweight forged alloys are a cost option) with bespoke tyres, revised bushing and damper settings on both axles, and Brembo brakes with colour-keyed callipers and vented/cross-drilled discs.
And with 325PS, the Brembos are a must. Using a modified version of the 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 engine that’s standard in the Insignia Elite model, the Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer will hit 60mph from zero in 6.0 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph.
Inside, the Sports Tourer’s performance credentials are laid bare, with its front Recaro seats, OPC steering wheel and gearknob, as well as different instrument graphics, OPC sill plates and black headlining.
But where the Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer really scores is in its versatility. With 540-litres of load space with the 40:60 split rear seats up, the SportsTourer matches the best in class. Drop the 40:60 split rear seats and you have a maximum load volume of 1530-litres.
Accessing this area has never been easier, thanks to the Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer’s standard electronic tailgate, which can be operated off the driver’s key fob, or via a rotary knob on the inside of the driver’s door. Using these functions, not only can the opening height of the tailgate be restricted, but it can also be pre-set at a lower level if you frequently park in a garage with a low ceiling.
Deeper bumpers, front mesh grilles and dual matt chrome exhausts are among the Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer’s visual armoury, complemented by a colour palette comprising Arden Blue, Power Red, Carbon Flash Black, Silver Lake, Olympic White and Technical Grey.