Earlier in the year we brought you a glimpse of a lightweight, track-focused Opel Astra OPC, touted as the OPC EXTREME. Now, Opel has revealed full details on the new range-topper – and it’s the most powerful Astra ever built!
The Astra OPC EXTREME, due for world debut next month in Geneva is set to retain the Astra OPC’s 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, however power has been bumped up to produce more than 221kW. Power will be relayed via a 6-speed manual gearbox to the front wheels, with help from the OPC’s LSD to get the power to the tarmac via the 245/35, 19-inch ultra high-performance tyres, specifically designed for the EXTREME.
The Astra OPC EXTREME will also benefit from an extensive weight-loss of 100Kg, thanks to use of high-quality carbon fibre components. Components made of the carbon fibre include the rear wing, diffuser, front spoiler, bonnet, suspension cross-bracing, engine cover, wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation, and the roof – also resulting in a lower centre of gravity for the OPC EXTREME. The wing panels of the OPC EXTREME are made from aluminium and weigh 800g as opposed to the 2,2Kg of the standard steel units on the regular OPC.
Stopping power is to come from a Brembo six-piston brake system, with 370mm diameter discs up front. The high-performance tyres, reduced weight, and high-power braking system are aided by adjustable dampers.
The Astra OPC EXTREME is a real race-car for the road, with the rear seats removed for the addition of a safety roll-bar, whilst the front seats have been replaced by Recaro bucket seats, with 6-point safety belts from Schroth. A carbon fibre reinforced, suede-covered steering wheel with fine yellow decorative stitching has also been added to the vehicle.
No figures have been leaked yet, but expect the OPC EXTREME to race from standstill to 100km/h in around 5.5 seconds, with a top speed well in excess of 250km/h unless limited to that.
Depending on the response from the public, Opel has stated that they will produce a low-production run for the EXTREME.