While it’s unclear if Opel’s introduction of the storied GSi badge will replace the OPC moniker, plans are reportedly moving ahead for the next-generation Astra OPC.
According to Germany’s Auto Bild, the next Astra OPC will be graced with a smaller engine, but more power will be on tap. The publication says the current Astra OPC’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be shelved for a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In the process, the smaller engine is rumored to produce 20 more horsepower to bring the grand power total to 300 hp.
The wildcard is whether the 1.6-liter turbo engine will come from Opel’s new French owners, or if it will be a General Motors-sourced engine. Development of the next Opel Astra OPC began under GM ownership, after all.
Additionally, the next-generation Opel Astra OPC is expected to stick to a front-wheel drive layout, foregoing all-wheel drive as some competitors have done. It will also weigh much less compared to the current car.