Europe: where the hot-hatch was born, and where it thrives. Sometimes we sit here and rack our brains on where the Corsa could fit into General Motors’ U.S. lineup, just because we would like to experience what the Corsa OPC has to offer on American roadways.
The newest Opel Corsa OPC gets a flashy introduction with the latest promo spot out for it, highlighting that only three letters are the only ones needed for performance: O-P-C. Powering the hatch is Opel’s turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four, good for a healthy 208 hp and 202 lb-ft of torque when the car’s overboost function is activated. That puts the car square in the Ford Fiesta ST’s sights, only the Opel is making 28 more hp.
Important changes were made to the Corsa’s chassis using the current OPC high-performance model, sitting 10mm lower than its more pedestrian counterpart. Furthermore, Opel tapped Koni to develop the car’s “Frequency Selective Damping,” allowing the car to adjust to the required athleticism needed with spirited driving, and an adequate level of comfort when putzing around town.
Of course, all of those go fast parts mean nothing if the Corsa OPC can’t stop, and 330mm Brembo performance brakes handle those duties respectively.
Check out the intro video below, highlighting the car’s newfound-striking exterior and a few of its performance credentials.