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Mike Stevens | Dec, 05 2014 | 3 Comments

Opel’s new Karl hatch, which will also be offered in the UK as the Vauxhall Viva and potentially here as the Holden Viva, has been given a virtual going-over.

Revealed on Wednesday, the Karl will soon enter the European market as a more practical and affordable alternative to the three-door Adam hatch.

The two cars ride on the same platform and share the same 3.68mm length, but five doors and a taller roof are likely to give the Karl some space of its own in the global GM range. (If it comes here, it would likely replace the Barina Spark.)

Above: the Karl/Viva in its regular state.
Above: the Karl/Viva in its regular state.

Now, independent artist ‘X-Tomi’ has blessed the practical Karl with some much-needed passion, adding some basic Opel Performance Centre bits.

It’s a light makeover for this light hatch, essentially dumped low on a set of familiar OPC wheels and trimmed with a digitally tweaked sports styling kit.

If Opel were to put this Karl OPC into production, we could imagine its motivation being provided by the most powerful option in GM’s new compact Ecotec range: a 123kW/250Nm 1.5 litre turbo four.

Still, we shouldn’t hold our breath. The Karl’s job in the GM family is to cart people around town - not deliver bargain-priced edge-of-the-seat thrills.

For that, Opel will focus on the recently revealed Adam S hatch, driven by a 110kW/220Nm 1.4 litre four.

Those aren’t exactly mindblowing figures, but Opel’s goal with that model is to inspire you into something a little wilder… like the next Corsa OPC, when it eventually appears.

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