At the Geneva Motor Show saw the debut of the most powerful version of the Opel Astra – of those that have ever been allowed on public roads. Astra OPC Extreme is based on the racing version of the Astra and became lighter, more powerful and, apparently, faster usual German hot hatch.
Alleviate the “Astra” German engineers managed through active use of carbon – it is made from a variety of body parts, including the hood, roof and rear wing. Even carbon-fiber steel rims. In Opel note that carbon roof weighs only 2.9 kg, whereas the mass of steel close to 10 kg. Weight aluminum wings of 800 g, whereas their steel counterparts weigh 2.2 kg. Profit on 19-inch rims was about 20 kg. Engineers claim that could not only reduce weight, but also significantly lower its center of gravity.
Salon Hatch lost back sofa, but was instead a safety cage. Front seats replaced with sports 6-point belts and steering wheel gave way to a carbon-fiber analogue with suede cover.
As for the powertrain, the two-liter turbo engine develops as officially announced more than 300 horsepower. Fully unitized aluminum engine with 6-speed “mechanics”. In addition, Opel Astra OPC Extreme features and limited slip differential.
Will Astra OPC Extreme is released – Opel representatives do not speak. It is possible that the final decision will be made just on the basis of information gathered in the course of the prestigious dealership.