Predictably, Opel/Vauxhall’s most powerful Astra ever is also the most expensive. So, what do European customers get when they purchase “Man’s New Baby” €34,250 — or $44,895? A 0-100 km/h time of 6.0 seconds flat, 206 kW/280 hp from its turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec engine, a limited-slip differential, Hi-Per Struts, LED rear lighting, parking assist, GPS, and that’s about it. For the record, that acceleration time will spank a Golf GTI by nearly a full second, which is a $38,800 car in Germany. It will also upset the range-topping Golf R, which is priced close to $50,000 in the Old World (it hovers over $33,000 here in America).
And while we threw in the dollar amount to give our ‘Merican readers a better idea of its pricing, chances are that if the Astra OPC was ever to sell in the ‘States, like the Golf R, it won’t be anywhere near as expensive as it is in Europe. As an observation, Chevrolet is still missing some kind of Focus ST/Golf R/Veloster Turbo fighter.