The latest generation Opel Corsa is about to arrive in South Africa within a fortnight, part of Opel’s newfound vigour within SA, but this week the German brand revealed the OPC model to the world – and it is something to behold.
The newest OPC variant of the supermini is back, and at first glance the figures look little different from before. Driving the front wheels via a modified version of the old 6-speed manual transmission is a new 1.6-litre turbocharged 4-pot developing 152kW and 280Nm. Opel claim this is good for a 0-100km/h sprint of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 230km/h, the acceleration attributed in part to a 35Nm overboost function. The peak torque without this is available between 1900 and 5800rpm, meaning in gear acceleration should be particularly sweet.
The chassis of the Corsa has been reworked in partnership with Koni to feature adaptive damping, whilst the suspension is lower and firmer, sitting 10mm lower than the regular Corsa models. A two-stage ESP and traction control system has also been added – complete with a ‘Competition Mode’ for a slightly more playful persona. The steering has been optimised, and the OPC is kept to the ground with 215/45 R17 Michelin performance tyres, which house 308mm front brake discs. The big news is that as an optional extra, the Corsa OPC can be equipped with a Drexler limited slip differential – the same unit that made the Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition so good – as part of a Performance Package. The package also adds 330mm Brembo brakes and 18-inch wheels.
The new Corsa OPC looks more aggressive than ever, with a twin-pipe Remus exhaust system a-la Nurburgring Edition, aggressive spoiler, body kit, and even a bonnet scoop for improved engine-breathing and cooling. Large front air intakes add to the aggressive appeal, and the Flash Blue paintwork is an OPC must-have!
The interior of the OPC boasts Recaro bucket seats, leather OPC steering wheel, OPC gear lever, OPC sport pedals and instruments, and the Opel IntelliLink infotainment system, complete with Smartphone compatibility.
With competitors like the Peugeot 208 GTI and Ford Fiesta ST to contend with, the new Corsa OPC is going to have its work cut out for it when it arrives later in the year.