Opel Adam OPC: potential performance mini spied

A performance prototype based on the Opel Adam has been spied testing in Germany, hinting at plans for a more spirited version of the city car.
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Snapped by CarAdvice's spy photographers, the Opel Adam has a slightly revised front bumper with an additional central air intake seen behind the number plate, five-stud rather than four-stud wheels and blue Corsa OPC-like brake calipers.

The two-door also has wider flared guards and appears to be sitting closer to the ground suggesting the employment of sportier suspension.

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Rumours are mixed, however, as to whether the test car is a genuine OPC model, or simply an uprated version propelled by the German manufacturer’s recently announced 85kW/166Nm turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder.

Currently in Europe, the most powerful Adam scores a 74kW 1.4-litre four-cylinder mated to a five-speed manual transmission. And the entry point into the Opel Performance Centre (OPC) range is the 141kW/260Nm turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder-powered Corsa OPC – sitting below the Astra and Insignia variants.

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Missing out on OPC trademarks such as triangular air intakes, exhaust tips and a larger rear spoiler, the prototype could well be a new Adam Sport or GSi model, aimed to sit below any future OPC variant – following in the footsteps of former Corsa models.

Opel already has a strong sporting background with the little Adam – a car that measures 1mm longer than a Mini hatch and 37mm wider – with the Opel Adam R2 and Opel Adam Cup cars used in rallying across Europe.

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