08 Mar 2012
Rüsselsheim/Geneva. With the new Astra OPC, the high-performance version of the Astra GTC has its world premiere at the international motor show in Geneva. The OPC’s 2.0 liter (206 kW / 280 hp) direct injection turbocharged gasoline engine is capable of maximum torque of 400 Nm that enables acceleration from zero to a 100 km/h in only 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h. Never before has an Astra reached such a speed. Prices for the Astra OPC start at 34,250 euro (recommended retail price in Germany incl. VAT).
The High Performance Struts (HiPerStruts) on the Astra OPC are one of its big highlights, allowing the car to deliver power without compromise. In combination with the FlexRide chassis system, featuring a dedicated Sport- and OPC-drive mode, the Astra OPC delivers refined handling abilities. The standard mode puts the vehicle in a high comfort setting, while the special sport mode adds a notable extra in agility. The OPC setting places drivers in a third dimension: steering and the gas pedal respond directly and the chassis enables dynamic handling.
However, the OPC model goes one major step further: it has been fitted with a mechanical limited slip differential on the front axle. This gives the OPC even more stability, better handling and traction – in other words the car has more grip when exiting tight curves and bends at high speed – even in wet conditions.
The Astra OPC also features a new high-performance bucket seat with state-of-the-art technology. Both front seats increase the sporty and dynamic driving experience by introducing cutting-edge weight-saving material, a lower seating position and enhanced side support. The weight saving on the new seat shell compared to a conventional one is 45 percent. No other car manufacturer in the world has used an organic injection sheet with composite material in a production car. The new seat boasts up to 18 different settings. All of the new OPC technology unique to Opel had to pass a 10,000 kilometer endurance test on the famous Nürburgring race track in Germany. 10,000 kilometers under the tough conditions of the northern loop of the track are equivalent to 180,000 kilometers in normal circumstances.
The price includes the following kit as standard:
Images may show optional equipment.