The 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport is kicking off sales across Europe, but there’s one piece missing from the Insignia’s puzzle: a performance, OPC variant.
Spy shots show the upcoming Insignia OPC testing out in the open with less camouflage than usual. However, it’s still difficult to make much of anything out. Of course, what we see here will provide the basis for North America’s next 2018 Buick Regal GS as well.
This time around, the puzzle is much more complex, though. Buick itself may have slipped and confirmed the next Regal GS will have a 3.6-liter V6 engine under the hood.—no mention of turbochargers. At the same time, Opel has gone on the record to state the next Insignia OPC will probably not have a V6 engine, opting for a turbocharged four-cylinder instead. The outgoing Insignia OPC featured a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 from Saab days.
Here’s some additional complexity: Holden has already confirmed its range-topping NG Commodore will receive a 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with all-wheel drive. Those specs sound like what a North American Regal GS would encompass. Got all of that?
It’s anyone’s guess what GM has going on behind the scenes, but we could see a shuffled performance deck from the Insignia/Commodore/Regal triplets this time around.
Spy shots: Motor Authority