This is according to Opel Astra chief engineer Marc Schmidt who has revealed it’s a smaller 1600cc and not a 2,0-litre turbo that will do… Read more →
UPDATE Opel has confirmed that the EXTREME will develop a very healthy 221 kW. More importantly, the EXTREME will tip the scales at 100 kg… Read more →
Every South African petrolhead knows the name Kyalami. Many may have watched their first Formula One race there in the mid-90s. Older fans may have seen the likes of Stirling Moss and David Piper do battle on this hallowed stretch of tar in Sports Car races. Most, however, will recall countless on-track skirmishes between BMW and Opel during the heyday of Group N racing. With memories of those motorsport glory days in mind, Opel SA decided to revisit the Midrand track for the launch of its latest halo model, the Astra OPC.
General Motors South Africa has released pricing for the most powerful FWD model in its stable; the new Opel Astra OPC.
British journalist and Youtube sensation Chris Harris teamed up with Deon Joubert for our Performance Shootout 2013. Here they drive and discuss the rear-wheel-drive Subaru… Read more →
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The 2012 Opel Astra OPC should be with us towards the end of the year, but while we eagerly look forward to this 206 kW/400 N.m hot hatch, it’s also worth looking back to see where it came from. This German video shows the newcomer getting acquainted with its ancestor, the 1988 Kadett GSI. Packing 116 kW, it was something of a revelation in its day and, from what little German we can ascertain from the video, it appears that the OPC looks set to follow in its footsteps.
Keep an eye out for the September issue of CAR magazine, which features a driving impression of the 2012 Opel Astra OPC.
Not only is the new 206 kW Astra OPC the most powerful front-drive hot hatch on sale, it’s also the most focused OPC to date.