Opel has confirmed that the EXTREME will develop a very healthy 221 kW. More importantly, the EXTREME will tip the scales at 100 kg less than the standard model. When we tested the Astra OPC it came in at 1 560 kg, which means the EXTREME should be around the 1 460 kg mark. A significant improvement and now only 40 kg heavier than Renault’s Mégane RS Sport for instance.
According to Opel the new 245/35, 19-inch tyres have been specially developed for this car. Track day enthusiasts will be happy to know that the suspension system’s dampers are adjustable. The cabin features a roll cage – replacing the rear seats – and a six-point harness. The driver will be greeted by carbon-fibre reinforced steering wheel covered in suede.
Opel’s Astra OPC is a pretty impressive car, and though it does have a few foibles, any hatch with over 200 kW can’t help but be fun. Now the firm has announced plans to showcase the Astra OPC Extreme concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in early March.
The new concept represents a follow-up to the Opel Astra OPC X-Treme (also pictured). This limited edition model is said to be the quickest road-legal Astra ever and will be based on the Astra OPC Cup racecar.
Opel Astra OPC Extreme is said to be significantly lighter than the standard car, which tips the scales at close to 1 600 kg, thanks to extensive use of carbon-fibre panels.
Under the hood expect the same turbocharged 2,0-litre inline four, but power should exceed the standard car’s 206 kW and 400 N.m; reports suggest a figure closer to 225 kW (an even 300 bhp). Perhaps OPC engineers have caught wind of Honda’s Type-R which will threaten the OPC when it is launched next year.
A “spy” within the motor industry recently told CAR staffers of a more powerful OPC being hot-weather tested on local soil. Although the Extreme model is a show special perhaps it could form the basis of a Nurbugring Edition Astra OPC, much like it’s sibling the Corsa OPC, that will have the engine of the show car but none of the exotic materials that could drive up the price.
We can’t wait to see the new model when it makes it debut at the show next month and, hopefully, drive it at some point.