Opel’s hardcore Astra OPC is back in the spotlight this week, with the unveiling of a new ‘Extreme’ version.
Officially a concept, the powered-up and extra-aerodynamic hot hatch may yet enter limited track-specific production - “if public reaction is as positive as expected”.
Bound for next week’s Geneva Motor Show, Astra OPC Extreme is powered by an enhanced version of the regular model’s 2.0 litre turbo engine, producing upwards of 220kW.
By comparison, the roadgoing Astra OPC makes ‘a mere’ 206kW - and weighs around 100kg more than this stripped and lightened concept.
Weight savings are brought through the use of aluminium and carbon fibre, including a roof that weighs a quarter of the regular model’s steel lid. Likewise, the carbon wheelset cuts around 20kg from the car’s overall weight.
As you’d expect, the Astra OPC Extreme is based on OPC’s Cup racing car, and benefits from a roll bar, rear wing and diffuser, front spoiler, cross bracing with the suspension, carbon racing wheels, and more.
Power is again sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, through a limited-slip differential.
Opel hasn’t offered performance figures for the Extreme, promising only that its acceleration and handling is as impressive as the track-only racer.
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