Opel has released images and technical details of the new Astra OPC, a version based on the GTC model and powered by a turbocharged 2.0 direct injection petrol engine. Engineers from Opel Performance Center provided the car with 280 hp and 400 Nm of maximum torque, giving it 250 km/h of top speed. No Astra ever went that fast before. In order to handle all that power, this version of the German compact car is equipped with HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) front-wheel suspension, FlexRide active chassis, Brembo braking system and limited slip differential.
The FlexRide active chassis allows the driver to adjust the shock absorber line, the steering and the gas pedal responsiveness with the touch of a “Sport” and an “OPC” button. Aesthetically, the new Astra can be easily recognized by the new bumpers, the wider side skirts, the rear spoiler and the two trapezoid-shaped exhaust end cans. Highlights of the cabin are the sports seats, sporty leather steering wheel and specifically designed instrumentation.