Opel Astra OPC (2006)

Opel Astra OPC

+ 177 kW/240 PS two-liter turbo engine with 320 Nm torque
+ Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, top speed 244 km/h
+ IDSPlus with electronic damping control CDC standard
+ Market introduction in Germany on November 25

With the new Astra OPC, Opel is penetrating far into the segment of established compact-sized sports cars. Corresponding performance provided by the 177 kW/240 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that accelerates the coupé-shaped three door hatchback from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, and gives it a top speed of 244 km/h. A close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox transfers the power to the front wheels.

Apart from the driving performance, the way the engine delivers its power is equally impressive. The maximum torque of 320 Newton meters is available even at low rpm and thus not only contributes to a sporty driving style, but also allows for comfortable cruising at low speeds. Fuel consumption of 9.2 liters per 100 km (MVEG-standard) is a clear sign of the engine's efficiency.

Visually, the Astra OPC can also be easily identified as one of the most powerful front-wheel drive production cars in the world, and the image boosting, top-of-the-line version of the Astra model range. The bodywork, with its deep front spoiler and central engine cooling-air intake plus the large-sized 18 inch wheels with exclusive OPC six-spoke design (tire size 225/40 R18 Y), testifies to the dynamic potential of the car, as does the rear section with its centrally located tailpipe. The interior exudes high quality and driver-focus, with Recaro sport seats available in two leather/fabric combinations, sporty instruments in OPC design, and aluminum pedals all contributing to a sporty atmosphere.

The attribute "high tech" also applies to the sporty set-up of the Astra OPC's chassis. This features as standard IDSPlus (Interactive Driving System) with electronic networking of all driving dynamics systems including the electronic stability program ESPPlus, and traction control TCPlus , as well as numerous features of the 17 inch high performance brakes. All these systems are interconnected and harmonized with each other. Another major element in this network is the electronic CDC (Continuous Damping Control), that ensures that the damping characteristics are automatically and continuously adapted to the current road conditions, the movements of the vehicle and the individual driving style. Additionally, the driver has the possibility to select an even sportier setting by pushing the "SportSwitch".

Like all OPC-models, the Astra OPC stands out for its fascinating design, state-of-the-art technology and first-class driving dynamics, as well as extraordinary value for money. With prices starting at 28,000 Euros, the compact sports car represents a very competitive offer, especially as the standard equipment meets nearly every requirement, and the safety features are state-of-the-art, including six airbags, active headrests at the front and the PRS pedal release system.

Customers can order the Astra OPC since September, the dealer launch in Germany will be on November 25, 2005.