The video (below) shows a lightly camouflaged Corsa lapping Opel’s test centre in Dudenhofen, Germany, with race driver Joachim Winkelhock and Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann behind the wheel.
The pair naturally run through a list of the Corsa’s strong points, including handling, practicality and improvements over the outgoing model.
Some strategically-placed engine noises prevent us from hearing the OPC’s power and torque figures, along with its price for the German market, as Opel is keeping those details under wraps until Geneva.
Rumours suggest a 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing around 154kW - 13kW more than the current model.
Torque could also receive a lift, which reaches 260Nm in the current model on over-boost.
Inside, the OPC gets Recaro sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a unique instrument cluster, while the outside features a dual exhaust, larger diameter alloy wheels and a body kit.
Opel’s sporty Astra and Insignia variants will return to Australia this year wearing Holden VXR badges, while the Cascada convertible will make its debut.
These three might not be the only Opel models to wear Holden badges in the near future, with the two carmakers confirming more models are under consideration.
Whether the Opel Corsa OPC will appear in Australia or not is unclear, but right-hand-drive production is assured with the model available to the UK market as the Corsa VXR.
Stay tuned to TMR for more.
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