Its 1.6-liter turbo engine with 141 kW/192 hp accelerates the compact three-door from zero to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds and enables a top speed of 225 km/h.
The maximum torque of 230 Nm, which can be temporarily increased to over 260 Nm via an ‘overboost’ function, is delivered to the front wheels by the standard six-speed transmission.
The average fuel consumption is 7.9 liters of fuel per
100 kilometers, a moderate figure in this performance class.
It will make its world debut at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show in early March, shortly before its market launch.
Its British counterpart will be the Vauxhall Corsa VXR (see below for pictures).
The most distinctive elements are the darkly contrasting diffuser with integrated, centrally located triangular tailpipe and specially designed exterior mirrors.
The mirrors, front foglamp surrounds and centre-exit exhaust tailpipe all have a triangular theme, while the aggressive front and rear bumpers are unique to this model.
Sweeping side skirts and an angular roof spoiler help accentuate the three-door muscular design, while a mesh front grille, blue-painted brake callipers and optional 18-inch alloys enhance the performance appearance.
Sportiness also dominates the Corsa OPC’s cockpit. Highlights include the typical OPC door sills, chrome-ringed instruments with red pointers and blue-ringed air vents (also available in silver), and the flat-bottomed leather sports steering wheel.
Also reminiscent of motor sport vehicles, the steering wheel features a blue (or optionally silver) ring at its crown, while the center console in piano lacquer finish and aluminum pedals underline the sporty, high quality ambience.
The newly developed Recaro sports seats have integrated head restraints and integrated side airbags – a world premiere for this type of seat.
The Corsa OPC’s chassis has a unique, even sportier character thanks to extensive modifications. Through intensive tuning drives on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, engineers were able to achieve a sophisticated balance of agile handling and pronounced vehicle control.
The newly tuned standard ESP system can be deactivated.
The new Corsa OPC comes with 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/45 R17 tires ex works, while 18-inch rims and size 225 tires are available as an option.
The large 16-inch brake system with blue painted brake calipers features internally ventilated, 308 mm front disk brakes and 264 mm disk brakes at the rear.
The introduction of the Corsa expands Opel’s OPC program to five model lines: the Vectra OPC (sedan and station wagon), the Zafira OPC (the fastest production van in the world with a top speed of 231 km/h), the Astra OPC and the Meriva OPC.
|Above: the equivalent model for the UK market: the Vauxhall Corsa VXR|
(Source: Opel – Vauxhall)