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 |  Apr 15 2011, 9:36 AM

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.

 

 |  Aug 07 2010, 8:00 AM

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BMW is clearly thinking there is something unique to the Japanese auto market. Recently BMW announced the X6 Performance Unlimited specifically for Japan, and now we’ve caught wind that BMW will be introducing a special 120i model solely in The Land of the Rising Sun.

This 1-series will be powered by a 2.0L inline-four mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, outputting 170-hp. Inside and out the car is adorned with M-Sport pieces including the bumpers, seats, steering wheel, shift knob and pedals. For contrast is a blacked-out grille, carbon fiber mirrors and a carbon fiber spoiler. 18-inch wheels will be standard on the package.

Only 30 of these limited edition units will be produced in either white or blue. It carries a hefty price tag though for a 1-series at $50,300. Something tells us it won’t develop a fan following Stateside as so many other JDM-only models have, but it’s sure to be a hit in Japan, combining an environmentally conscious 4-cylinder with plenty of style.

 |  Jul 10 2010, 7:54 AM

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With two gasoline versions, a hybrid version and a powerful M model, you’d think there were enough different flavors of BMW‘s new X6. But over in Japan, the German automaker has just announced a limited production of a very limited edition special model called the Performance Unlimited X6. Just 20 versions will be built and sold at a hefty price of a little more than $105,000. We’re not sure the reasoning behind even making this model, but it’s worth reporting the accessories BMW has opted to put on it.

Starting with the standard X6, BMW went digging through their Performance and Individual Options list. On the outside, the X6 receives an aerodynamic kit sporting a front apron, side spoilers and rear diffuser. It then gets a limited edition set of 21-inch wheels, staggered of course, with 10-inch wide rollers in the front and 11.5-inch wide slabs in the rear. Lastly, the vehicle receives a special Silver Pearl paint finish and black kidney grilles.

Inside there are also a few upgrades with a Nevada leather finish in Chateau color with aluminum details.

As for what’s under the hood, this model is based on the X6 xDrive35i and so makes 300-hp from it’s turbocharged inline-six.

At the end of the day though, this is far short of an X6 M and at the price we’re not sure who this actually appeals to. But maybe that’s why there’s only 20 of them in a limited edition production. We guess BMW Japan will be able to sniff out 20 BMW enthusiasts to bite on it.

GALLERY: BMW X6 Performance Unlimited

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