Opel/Vauxhall unveiled today the all-new 2012 Astra GTC OPC, the most powerful Astra ever. Set to go on sale in summer 2012, the new OPC variant of the Astra GTC will be powered by a 2.0-liter direct injection turbo gasoline engine delivering 206 kW/280 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm. This engine will make the vehicle the fastest Astra, with a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h. We do admit that the power delivered by the engine is too much for the front wheels as the current version of the Astra GTC OPC is not very stable.
But, according to Opel, it seems that the whole chassis of the sports car is designed to deliver power, without comprise and it was tested and polished on the Northern Loop (“Nordschleife”) of the Nürburgring race track in Germany under the supervision of the Opel brand ambassador Joachim (“Jockel”) Winkelhock. Moreover, the car features the high tech front-wheel suspension, HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut), but also the fully-adaptive FlexRide chassis control system.
This system lets the driver sharpen the characteristic shock absorber line, the steering and the gas pedal responsiveness by pressing one of the two buttons, the “Sport” and “OPC”. What is more interesting is that the car has been fitted with a limited slip differential on the front axle in order to gain limited slip differential on the front axle even in wet conditions. “We have devised a great package that will convince even the most experienced sports drivers – not just on the Nürburgring,” the motorsport legend, Winkelhock , explains.