General Motors’ sister brand to Holden debuted the Opel Astra OPC at last week’s 2012 Sydney motor show, confirming the 206kW hot-hatch would be released in February 2013 with a $42,990 price tag.
Opel Australia boss Bill Mott would only say officially at the 2012 Sydney motor show that the company was investigating the business case for further OPC models locally.
The Opel Corsa OPC is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 141kW and 230Nm of torque with overboost.
It comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and sprints from 0-100km/h in about 7.0 seconds (0-60mph is 6.8sec), with fuel consumption rated at 7.3 litres per 100km.
A mechanical limited-slip differential is also included to improve the Corsa OPC’s cornering ability.
There’s lower, stiffer suspension compared to the regular Opel Corsa and switchable electronic stability control.
The Opel Corsa OPC sits on 17-inch alloy wheels as standard, with 18s optional.
On the other side of the Astra OPC sits the Opel Insignia OPC – the company’s most powerful production car.
Propelled by a 2.8-litre turbo V6 with 239kW and 435Nm, the hot Insignia takes six seconds to reach 100km from standstill and can reach a top speed of 250km/h.
In-gear acceleration is also strong, with 80-120km/h taking 7.1 seconds.
A standard six-speed manual transmission, electronic limited-slip diff, Opel’s so-called HiPerStrut front suspension that’s designed to minimise torque steer and improve cornering grip, and big, 19-inch wheels (with optional 20s) all help with getting the sedan’s power to the ground.
The Opel Insignia OPC also features adaptive dampers with three settings, including an OPC mode that brings the most direct steering and sharpest throttle response.
Stopping power comes courtesy of large Brembo brakes while Recaro sports seats work to keep both driver and front passenger firmly in place.
Read CarAdvice’s Opel Astra OPC Review.