The Germans bring at Geneva Motor Show 2012 the new generation of the performance model 2012 Opel Astra OPC. The hot-hatch comes with 280 horsepower, 45% lighter seats and over 10,000 kilometers (~ 6,000 mi) covered on the Nurburgring.
As we approach the Geneva Motor Show, Opel publishes new information with its stand star: the 2012 Opel Astra OPC. The compact performance model will mark the return of the German manufacturer in the hot-hatch market segment dominated in recent years by Renault and Ford.
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2012 Opel Astra OPC Engine
As we announced last year at the beginning of November, under the hood of the new 2012 Opel Astra OPC is a four-cylinder engine, 2.0 liters, capable of developing 280 horsepower (209 kW / 284 PS) and 400 Nm(295 lb/ft). All resources are channeled on the front axle via a 6-speed manual transmission.
In order to better use the generous resources, Opel uses a HiPerStrut suspension for the front axle and a FlexRide chassis. The latter offers three driving modes, Normal, Sport and OPC, the last one being dedicated to a sporty ride and is oriented for running on the track.
An absolute novelty introduced on the 2012 Opel Astra OPC are the clamshell seats, made with high technology and a composite material, extremely light, molded through injection. The innovative development seats allowed to obtain a good lateral support, a lower driving position and a total mass 45% lower than conventional ones. In the official press release, Opel claims that no other manufacturer has used this type of material for car seats.
The new 2012 Opel Astra OPC has undergone harsh testing on the famous Nurburgring circuit, where the sporty compact has traveled over 10,000 kilometers (~ 6,000 miles) in tough conditions, equivalent to 180,000 kilometers (~ 120,000 miles) by road.
2012 Opel Astra OPC Video
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