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12th October, 2012

  • Opel Performance Centre (OPC) – emotional and performance spearhead of Opel
  • Turbocharged 2.0 litre direct injection turbo petrol engine with 206 kW
  • 400 Nm torque, 0-100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds
  • Exclusive high-performance chassis
  • Powerful OPC design emphasises pure passion and sporty interior

Opel’s Astra OPC is heading down under with the most powerful Astra ever produced scheduled to join the Opel Australia line-up from early 2013.

Powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged direct injection engine, the Astra OPC (Opel Performance Centre) achieves a power output of up to 206 kW and maximum torque of 400 Nm. The latest model to join the Opel Australia range can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds. Never before has an Astra been so fast, the Astra OPC is likely to be the most powerful hot hatch available in its segment.

Opel Australia’s managing director, Bill Mott was very pleased to confirm that the Astra OPC will come to Australia.

“From early 2013 Australians will be able to experience what we think is the ultimate driver’s car. The Astra OPC offers drivers unparalleled driving dynamics combined with sleek sporty coupe-like styling. It is a car that driving enthusiasts can comfortably commute in during the week and on weekends, enjoy on the track,” he said.

Expressive Design: High Performance Astra Flexes Its Muscles

A powerful car needs powerful design. The body work of the Astra OPC is an expression of pure passion for power and speed. Building on the design of the Astra GTC, the Astra OPC is given extra sportiness with a set of specially sculpted front and rear bumpers, side skirts, an aerodynamic roof spoiler and two exhaust tail pipes in a trapezoid shape.

Inside the cabin, high quality materials and OPC exclusive features provide a sporty and premium atmosphere. The new flat bottom OPC steering wheel takes its inspiration from motor sport and is 10mm smaller in diameter than the wheel used in the other models in the Astra 'family', making the steering sensation even more precise, sporty and direct. The thumb areas in the wheel have been re-sculpted to optimise grip and the visibility of the instruments.

New design front sports bucket seats, made with cutting-edge lightweight material and featuring state of the art technology are standard in the vehicle. Along with exclusive OPC stitching in Cool Pearl throughout the cabin, both elements add to the dynamic interior of the vehicle.

High Performance Chassis with FlexRide, HiPerStrut, limited slip differential

Opel has designed a high performance chassis package geared especially towards lateral dynamics and superb handling qualities for the new Astra OPC. Setting it apart from all other current Astras is a specially developed mechanical limited slip differential, which works on the front wheels. In conjunction with the sophisticated HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) package found on the Astra GTC, the LSD provides the Astra OPC with exceptional lateral grip and traction through the bends.

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The unit provides a locking effect with a ramp angle of 45 degrees under acceleration and 90 degrees under deceleration. The locking effect improves traction when it’s needed – such as under acceleration through bends or over changing cambers and surfaces – but the effect is relaxed off-throttle, when it’s not required, making the steering more benign.

Further changes to the chassis include the addition of Brembo brakes and the standard fitment of Opel’s fully adaptive FlexRide damping system. With FlexRide drivers have the choice of three separate chassis settings which can be selected at the push of a button. ‘Standard’ delivers all-round performance for a wide range of road driving, with ‘Sport’ stiffening the dampers for reduced roll and tighter body control. The third setting is ‘OPC’, FlexRide’s most extreme mode.

Not only does OPC mode enhance throttle responsiveness, and change the instrument backlighting from white to red, but it alters the dampers settings once again. A ramp-control sub-mode further stiffens the dampers, but ensures that the wheels are in contact with the road instantly after hitting a bump. This means the car has a soft landing even when the springs on the struts rebound on an uneven surface. Meanwhile, the roll control sub-mode reduces tilt further during cornering.

With cross-drilled and ventilated 355 x 32mm front discs, four-piston callipers and harder compound brake pads, Opel and Brembo have co-developed a bespoke braking system to cater for the high performance requirements of the vehicle.

The brakes, as well as all other chassis elements, were tested on public roads and in the toughest of environments including the Nürburgring and Contidrom race tracks in Germany, as well as on ice and snow in Scandanavia, and in the searing Spanish heat at the Idiada test track.

Nordschleife – the ultimate proving ground

In line with the finest OPC traditions, the car was put through its paces and polished on the Northern Loop (“Nordschleife”) of the Nürburgring race track in Germany. All OPC cars are tested in this “Green Hell” which is widely considered to be the toughest and most demanding race track in the world. During the development phase, every OPC model has to pass a 10,000 kilometre endurance test at high speed on the 20.8 km long Nordschleife. That is equivalent to around 180,000 kilometres on the road. Under these extreme conditions the durability of all components are tested to ensure maximum customer satisfaction.

Strong Track Record of OPC Label

The latest generation Astra OPC, the sporty spearhead of the new Astra family will further underscore the sporty potential and the technical expertise associated with the OPC label.

The Astra OPC has a solid history of sales success with the nameplate amassing 15,000 units sold in the last seven years alone. The Opel Performance Centre, responsible for the sporty accents in the Opel model line-up since 1999, is a decisive element in the brand’s profile. It embodies a high level of emotion and passion for striking design, top-class technology and extraordinary driving dynamics. The vehicles with “OPC” in their model name are positioned as the emotional spearheads of the respective model lines.

Full pricing and specification will be published closer to launch.


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