Irmscher develops ‘is3 Bandit’, based on Opel Insignia OPC

September 23, 2015

The Opel Insignia OPC, called the Holden Insignia VXR in Australia, is the recipient of a new tuning project announced by renowned German tuner Irmscher. It’s called the Insignia is3 Bandit.

Irmscher Open Insignia OPC is3 Bandit-front

In standard form the top Insignia model comes with a 2.8-litre turbo V6 producing 239kW and 435Nm. Thanks to an upgraded turbocharger and new intake system to increase breathing capacity, the engine produces an impressive 279kW and 600Nm.

Out on the tarmac the tuning firm says the car can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds, down from the factory 6.3-second time. It gets off the line using the standard four-wheel drive system and six-speed automatic.

The tuning program doesn’t stop there though. The entire package was put together as a co-development project with Köstner Opel in Germany. As such, the team has dressed the Insignia in a bespoke livery and bodykit.

Styling is enhanced with a new front spoiler system which extends lower towards the ground, matching side skirts, and a chunkier rear diffuser setup. There’s also a rear spoiler mounted up near the roof, and a set of 20-inch ‘Turbo Star’ alloy wheels.

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Köstner Opel will be offering the complete package as a brand new vehicle later this year, while Irmscher will of course be offering the parts separately or as an upgrade package for existing customers.

Unfortunately for Australians, Holden doesn’t offer a wagon version of the Insignia VXR. It’s a shame we think as it would make for one cool family wagon.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.