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General Motors European division Opel seems to be playing on the autobahn recently, because they have just unveiled a new version of the Insignia family car (sold as the Buick Regal here in America) called the OPC Unlimited.
While it retains the regular OPC model’s 325-hp engine, the “unlimited” package removes the speed limiter. So rather than being restrained at just 155-mph, the “unlimited” version will hit 168-mph. That makes it faster than some sportscars on the market.
With all this speed also comes higher levels of responsibility, and hence Opel has included driver training as part of the “unlimited” package. The program which will include instructors with real motorsports experience will be held at Opel’s Dudenhofen Proving Grounds.
The “unlimited” package is available with all body styles of the Insignia OPC, which includes the four-door notchback, the five-door hatchback, the sports tourer station wagon and the sedan. You can also choose between a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox, however for the best performance numbers you have to pick the former.
This cars handling was tweaked at the famed Nurburgring race track, where its all-wheel drive system was perfected to provide maximum stability during high speed manoeuvres.
This model is available in Germany as of this month, with prices starting at $70,000. Will we be getting a Buick Regal version of the “unlimited” package? Very probably not.