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The performance flagship of the range is every inch an OPC, designed from the outset to deliver the ultimate in hot-hatch driving excitement and style.
Immediately distinguishable from other models in the new Opel Corsa range, the three-door only OPC comes with several unique styling cues - the mirrors, front foglamp surrounds and centre-exit exhaust tailpipe all have a triangular theme, while the aggressive front and rear bumpers are unique to this model.
Sweeping side skirts and an angular roof spoiler help accentuate the three-door Corsa’s already muscular design, while a mesh front grille, blue-painted brake callipers and optional 18-inch alloys further set off the OPC’s performance appearance.
The interior is dominated by the sculpted, shell-backed Recaro sports seats and the race-car style flat-bottomed steering wheel. Drilled alloy pedals, piano black trim on the facia and unique OPC detailing on the dials and gear lever make sure the Opel Corsa OPC looks as special inside as it does on the outside.
Power comes from a compact 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, developing 192PS and giving Corsa OPC the ability to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 6.8 seconds, on to a top speed of 225km/h. Like the Meriva OPC, it comes with an ‘overboost’ facility which can increase the torque output on demand to a maximum of more than 260Nm – useful for safe overtaking.
The power is kept in check with a dynamically-designed chassis including a specially-tuned ESP system, along with uprated brakes and suspension and variably-assisted power steering, which alters the weight and feel of the wheel depending on the way in which the car is driven – a feature unique in this area of the market.
Yet despite its wild performance and impressive technology, Corsa OPC promises to be an affordable car to run, with surprising fuel economy for a 225km/h car. On extra-urban routes it returns 6.4 litres/100km according to official figures and the combined fuel economy figure is 7.9 litres/100km.
The Opel Corsa OPC will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and will be available from Opel dealers from mid-March. Prices will be announced nearer to the on-sale date.