The Geneva Motor Show often prompts automakers to bring along or introduce some rather outrageous machines to help draw show goers to their booth. In 2013, the Opel booth was flooded with people who wanted to take a look at the brand’s Adam rally car. This year, Opel’s main attraction was without a doubt OPC’s bonkers new creation, the Astra OPC Extreme.
The Astra OPC Extreme is an expression of what OPC is capable of when Opel lets them off the leash a little bit. It has a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 300 horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission and a limited slip differential. The car was also put on a strict diet, losing 220 pounds through the use of lightweight carbon fiber in the roof, hood and other components. The weight saving tactics continue on the inside, where the rear seats have been replaced with a roll-bar and the standard seats have been swapped out for lightweight Recaro bucket seats.
Opel released this video of the OPC Extreme in unison with the car’s world premiere. The video shows what type of customer Opel had in mind when designing the OPC Extreme. Some individuals may want a car they can drive on the highway, arrive at the race track with and thrash around corners all day, and then comfortably drive home again at night. If there proves to be enough of those people out there, Opel might just put the OPC Extreme into production. In the meantime, the video below will have to satisfy our extreme hot-hatch desires.