While the brand-new, fifth-generation Opel Corsa is making its international debut at the Paris Motor Show, the company’s engineers are hard at work on the halo model OPC that’s planned for launch in 2015.
Even more so than the regular Corsa, the new OPC will mark a dramatic departure from the old version’s styling, with a long bonnet scoop, larger front airdam and revised front bumper akin to that of the Astra OPC. A new diffuser and twin exhaust pipes reside at the rear.
Not much else is known about the upcoming model except that it’s widely believed that it might carry over the 1,6-litre turbopetrol motor currently in use in the Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition (which was introduced in South Africa just a year ago). That engine makes 154 kW and 250 N.m, with 280 N.m available on overboost.
Although some might expect a little more, the new OPC will still have more power than Ford’s Fiesta ST, the upcoming VW Polo GTI and Renaultsport’s Clio – its main rivals.
Here’s a camouflaged Corsa OPC undergoing testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.