Opel recently showed off its newest OPC spec Corsa, which will make its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The German automaker announced it will offer the next-generation Corsa OPC in the South African market for the first time. Of course, the more pedestrian Corsa will be arriving on South African shores soon, but the OPC variant is no doubt what enthusiasts have been waiting for.
“Our OPC models are the dynamic spearheads of our car ranges. They reflect Opel’s sporting tradition, epitomising German engineering, emotional design and distinctive driving dynamics,” said Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.
“The new Corsa OPC impressively proves how high our engineers have set the bar in the sporty small car segment. It shows exactly what it is made of on winding mountainous roads and even on the racetrack, and it is so much fun that you do not want to get out of it,” he added.
South Africa will receive the same potent 208 horsepower 1.6 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with peak torque arriving between 1,900 and 5,800 RPM. The car is able to make 202 lb-ft of torque when the car’s overboost function is used. Power is sent through a six-speed manual transmission, and 0-62 mph happens in 6.8 seconds.
Opel says it teamed up with specialists from Koni to develop an innovative Frequency Damping System (FSD), enabling the damping forces to adapt to the frequency of the car, thus “enabling the balancing act between uncompromising athleticism and an adequate level of comfort”.
The Corsa OPC is also graced with a mechanical multi-disc differential lock made by Drexler, 18-inch wheels with even stickier Michelin tires and an even more athletic chassis set-up. The OPC was tested and tuned on the Nürburgring, backing up its performance credibility, offering stellar hot-hatch looks, but leaving room for bigger brother Astra OPC to rein supreme.
Stay tuned as we approach the live premier of the Corsa OPC next month.