New Opel Corsa OPC: Competitive Fifth Generation Athlete
Apr 21, 2015
Powerful: 1.6-liter turbo with 152 kW/207 hp and 280 Nm torque
Fast: From 0 to 100 km/h in only 6.8
Stunning: Tested on the Nürburgring, sporty look, with performance package
Competitive: Available for 24,395 euros, less expensive than predecessor
Rüsselsheim/Bilbao. After recently celebrating its successful world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show the new Corsa OPC is ready to hit the roads. The fastest member of the new generation Corsa combines uncompromising athleticism with outstanding suitability for everyday use. The roughly four-meter long powerhouse impresses with its high-torque, 207 hp, a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine, agile handling and not least with its sporty look. However, neither the spacious interior, well known from the Corsa, nor the good comfort have suffered. The latest addition to the OPC family is available for order now from 24,395 euros (RRP including VAT in Germany) and will be in dealerships soon.
“Our OPC models are the dynamic spearheads of our car ranges. They reflect Opel’s sporting tradition, epitomize German engineering, emotional design and distinctive driving dynamics. The new Corsa OPC impressively proves how high our engineers have set the bar in the sporty small car segment. It shows exactly what it is made of on winding mountainous roads and even on the racetrack, and it is so much fun that you do not want to get out of it anymore. Typical OPC – simply pure passion,” enthused Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.
OPC design: Powerful appearance
In line with the OPC tradition, the top-of-the-range Corsa can immediately be identified as a true member of the Opel Performance Center. Apart from the new, OPC-exclusive paint in flash blue the Corsa also boasts a new front-end design with new large air intakes. A small scoop is located in front of the distinctive hood giving the Corsa OPC an additional optical dash of athleticism. The dynamically modelled flanks with bold sill side trims create the appropriate connection to the rear end.
The Corsa OPC’s uncompromising sporty design is continued when viewed from the rear. The spoiler attached to the trunk lid is available in two different varieties – a subtle rear spoiler that comes as standard and a much more flamboyant version. The twin-pipe Remus exhaust with a diffusor around the tailpipes adds further athletic touches.
The interior also creates a sporty ambience. Recaro performance seats, which offer passengers optimum side support even in the most demanding maze of corners, are prominent. The leather steering wheel, flattened at the bottom, the OPC gear knob and the sports pedals along with the characteristic instruments in the OPC design all come as standard and complete the interior.
1.6 Turbo ECOTEC: 207 hp and up to 280 Nm
Under the hood, the 152 kW/207 hp turbocharged gasoline engine of the new generation Corsa OPC is only waiting to be kicked into action. The 1.6-liter OPC unit now offers maximum torque of 245 Nm between 1,900 and 5,800 rpm – an additional 35 Nm are available when required with the overboost functionality. The OPC power is transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed transmission with short and sharp shifting travels. The new Corsa OPC accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds – almost a half-second faster than the Corsa OPC from the previous generation. When overtaking in fifth gear, the new edition needs three-tenths of a second less, now just 6.4 seconds from 80 to 120 km/h. Maximum speed is also boosted by 5 km/h and now reaches up to 230 km/h. Despite its sporting credentials, fuel consumption is a respectable 7.5 liters per 100 kilometers for the combined cycle (174 g/km CO2).
FSD sports chassis: Always the right frequency
In order to deliver the power to the road in the best possible manner the Opel engineers teamed up with the specialists from Koni to develop a chassis that can boast innovative damping. The new Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology enables the damping forces to adapt to the frequency of the car, thus enabling the balancing act between uncompromising athleticism and an adequate level of comfort. Elsewhere, experienced drivers can switch off the electronic stability program (ESP) completely when pushing the vehicle to its limits. Furthermore, the newly developed steering reacts even more direct and precise and gives OPC drivers much better feedback.
Performance Package: Pure racing flair for road use
Drivers looking for even more racing flair can order the Corsa OPC Performance Package. It includes a mechanical multi-disc differential lock made by Drexler, 18-inch wheels with powerful grip Michelin tires and an even more athletic chassis set-up. Furthermore, the Performance Package comprises a Brembo high performance braking system with 330-millimimeter braking discs on the front axle providing optimal deceleration. With this package the new Corsa OPC is perfectly equipped for the demands of the toughest race track in the world, the Nürburgring Nordschleife where it was developed and tested extensively – as well for the normal city traffic.
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