Power is derived from a new 2.0 litre turbocharged direct injection four-cylinder engine capable of 280 hp and 400Nm of torque. These are channeled to the front wheels via a 6 speed manual gearbox and a specially developed mechanical limited slip differential. These numbers bring the flagship Astra GTC straight into the Scirocco R turf, which pumps out 256 hp and 330Nm of torque. GM's European division said that the Astra OPC / Astra VXR can reach a top speed of 250km/h but did not specify the century sprint time.
Like the Astra GTC, the OPC uses the HiPerStrut front suspension with adjustable dampers, steering and throttle - thanks to the FlexRide control system. But the top-of-the-line Astra model adds a limited-slip front differential to help control all that turbo torque. Brembo brakes, exclusive front and rear fascias, dual exhaust, performance seats, a special steering wheel and new instrumentation round out the OPC package.
For more details and on-sale dates, we'll have to wait until early next year. The Opel Performance Center (OPC), which is 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 emotionality and passion for striking design, top class technology and extraordinary driving dynamics.