2012 Opel/Vauxhall Astra GTC OPC officially revealed with 280 hp

Article by Christian A., on November 4, 2011

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. 

There are customers that want a vehicle that comes with a high degree of utility good for daily use but they still need to have both emotion and passion. These are both observed in the new Opel Astra GTC with the striking sleek appearance that is the heart of the company’s design language. Its interior is classy yet sporty and offers ample space.

Compared to those in the same class, the Astra GTC has greater loading capacity, which is at 1.165 liters. While most coupés generally look like the hatchback version of a sedan, the Astra GTC is different as it is a standalone car even within the company’s product range. Design-wise, this new model has the sharpest appearance for an Astra and is clearly what one expects from a coupe, given that it is indeed highly effective especially in daily situations.

With the exception of the aerial and the rear mirror, no other part of the Astra GTC was taken from other Astra versions. For the Astra GTC, the Opel gave the design team the task of making sure that this model would be the most dynamic expression of the company’s mission statement, which is all about German precision meeting sculptural artistry.

The result is a car that is as sturdy as a wild cat and has the appearance of crouching on the street preparing to leap. Even with this, the Astra GTC remains to be playful and gentle. The outline of its silhouette is defined by three lines which also help create tension. The first is a crisp and fine line that starts from the front door and goes downward to the bottom part of the fender in the rear and helps energize the body side.

Meanwhile the second line covers the door handle and then goes toward the rear which helps highlight its dramatic stance. It does this by spreading to the surfaces, resulting in a broad shoulder and fine undercut.

Finally the third line follows the sporty and clean silhouette on the roof. Opel/Vauxhall Vice President for Design Mark Adams shares that the Astra GTC is an example of the company’s passion when it comes to cars. This is the company’s most emotional model so far, he adds, and does not compromise the functionality with the emotional aspect.

Meanwhile Malcolm Ward, Opel Exterior Design Director, reveals that the new design language of the company is to reduce everything to its maximum and the Astra GTC remains to be the most radical version of this. In general, he continues, the company wanted an attractive vehicle composed mainly of few significant dynamic lines.

Press Release

The new OPC – the most powerful Astra ever

The new Opel Astra GTC is being given a sharper edge: the crowning glory of the new sporty compact coupé will come in summer 2012 in the shape of the high performance OPC (Opel Performance Center) variant. The Astra OPC is powered by a 2.0 liter direct injection turbo gasoline engine. The performance figures: 206 kW/280 hp of power and maximum torque of 400 Nm. This power house ensures that the Astra OPC can reach a top speed of 250 km/h. Never before has an Astra been so fast.

The whole chassis of the sports car is designed to deliver power, without comprise. In line with the finest OPC traditions, the car was put through its paces 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. It is geared especially towards lateral dynamics and superb handling qualities. The high tech front-wheel suspension, HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) of the Astra GTC helps to achieve this. . In addition to the HiPerStrut feature, the OPC also enjoys all the benefits of the fully-adaptive FlexRide chassis control system. The FlexRide chassis lets the driver sharpen the characteristic shock absorber line, the steering and the gas pedal responsiveness. He can do that at the touch of a “Sport” and “OPC” button. However, the OPC model goes one major step further: it has been fitted with a limited slip differential on the front axle. This gives the OPC even more stability and better handling, in other words the car has more grip when exiting bends at high speeds – 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. The high performance brake system made by the prestigious manufacturer, Brembo, ensures good deceleration stats and maximum stability, even in moments of intense pressure.

The exclusive body work of the Astra OPC is an expression of pure passion for power and speed. The Astra GTC with its racy edge has so far been the most emotional expression of Opel’s design language but the OPC version flexes its muscles. The OPC is given extra sportiness with a set of specially sculpted front and rear bumpers, side skirts, an aerodynamic roof spoiler and two exhaust tail pipes in a trapeze shape. In the inside, the compact sports car has performance seats, a flat OPC sports leather steering wheel and special instruments.

OPC: Performance and pure passion

The Opel Performance Center (OPC), responsible for the sporty accents in the Opel model line-up since 1999, is a decisive element in the brand’s profile. It embodies a high level of emotionality and passion for striking design, top-class technology and extraordinary driving dynamics. The vehicles with “OPC” in the model name are positioned as the emotional spearheads of the respective model lines. Current OPC models include the Corsa, 141 kW/192 hp (154 kW/210 hp as Nürburgring-Edition) as well as the Insignia OPC, which is available as a 4 or 5-door sedan and Sports Tourer. The 2.8 liter V6 turbo gasoline engine (239 kW/325 hp) is the most powerful Opel production engine in history. For the “Unlimited” version of the Insignia OPC maximum speed goes up to 270 km/h (depending on trim and transmission variant).

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