Opel has put its pretty Astra GTC model on a course of steroids, and the end result is this; the Astra OPC.
Powered by a 2.0 L turbocharged engine, which develops 206 kW/280 hp and 400 Nm/295 lb/ft of torque, the Astra OPC (Opel Performance Center) tops out at 250 km/h/155 mph – the highest top speed of any Astra.
When it came to refining the Astra’s chassis, double 24 Hours Nürburgring winner and ex-Opel DTM driver, Joachim Winkelhock, was called upon. Many hours at the Northern Loop (“Nordschleife”) of the legendary circuit resulted in, according to Winkelhock, “A great package that will convince even the most experienced sports drivers – not just on the Nürburgring.”
As well as the HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) front suspension, which features on the Astra GTC, the OPC variant also benefits from the FlexRide chassis control system. This allows the driver to choose between “Sport” and “OPC” modes. These two options offer greater throttle response, tighter suspension and sharper steering, depending on your style of driving requirements at the time. The addition of a limited slip differential further improves stability and handling, reducing the dreaded torque steer that can occur in high-performance front-wheel drive cars, while a set of Brembo brakes also help to promote confidence.
Visually, the OPC receives a more sculpted look, thanks to exclusive, more-muscular bumpers, side skirts, roof spoiler and twin trapezoidal-shaped tailpipes. Inside, there’s a leather-trimmed flat OPC steering wheel, special instruments, and OPC embossed seats and sill plates.