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New Corsa OPC out for a fight

06.02.2015

THE small hot hatch segment gets hotter and hotter each year with the Ford Fiesta ST, Renault Clio RS 200EDC, Peugeot 208 and Volkswagen’s soon-to-be-updated Polo GTi all vying for the crown. Now Opel has entered into the battle with its new Corsa OPC and from first impressions it would appear that it holds the biggest armoury.

More power

There is still a 1.6-litre turbocharged motor under the hood however, now it produces 152kW/245Nm(+35Nm over-boost), which means it outguns even the little Peugeot in the power stakes. The engineers have also mapped the car to produce power and torque lower down to ensure there is a decent level of responsiveness from lower in the rev range.

OPC design

As with other OPC models there’s a signature flash blue paint that can be specified. Other visual cues include a new front-end design with new large air intakes, aluminium-framed openings below the headlight, a small scoop in front of the hood, a sportier set of alloys and a more prominent rear bumper. Much like the Nürburgring edition of the previous models, the triangle exhaust has been ditched in favour of a two-tailpiece Remus exhaust with a diffuser.

Racier interior

As with other OPC models there are Recaro performance seats, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, an OPC gear knob and sports pedals. On the infotainment side of things there’s Opel’s IntelliLink system, which is compatible with Apple iOS and Android smartphones.

Performance

With that little firecracker under the hood Opel claims that the six-speed manual rocket gets to 100km/h in 6.8 seconds and on to a top end of 230km/h. Fuel returns are claimed to be 7.5 litres/100km while it emits 174 g/km CO2.

Suspension work

Opel engineers teamed up with the people from Koni to develop what they have called Frequency Selective Damping (FSD), which enables the damping forces to adapt to the frequency of the car. This allows the car to be either selectively comfortable or sporty in its set-up.

More potent package

There’s already a hotter version called the OPC Performance Package. The package adds a mechanical multi-disc differential by Drexler, 18-inch wheels with Michelin tyres and an even stiffer chassis set-up. There are even Brembo high performance brakes with 330mm discs.

The Corsa OPC will make its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Article written by Autodealer
06.02.2015
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