The 2014 Opel Astra OPC Extreme became official today ahead of its world debut that will take place in March, at the Geneva Motor Show. According to the German carmaker, the new Astra OPC Extreme was developed on the Nurburgring Nordschleife race track and it is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine that delivers over 300 hp.
What’s more interesting is that the new hot hatch is equipped with all the key high-tech components from its racing peer, the Opel Astra OPC Cup. In fact, the Astra OPC Extreme was developed directly from the Cup version of and promises to bring pure racing technology to the road. Opel says that the engine found under the Extreme’s carbon fiber hood is the most powerful four-cylinder unit the company has ever produced.
The engine is bolted to a six-speed manual gearbox that sends the power through a limited-slip differential. Thanks to the carbon fiber components, the Astra OPC Extreme is 100 kilograms lighter than the standard Astra OPC. Opel used carbon composite for the rear wing, the diffuser, front spoiler, hood, suspension cross-bracing, the engine cover, complete wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation and roof.
The new carbon wheels are 20 kg lighter than their aluminum counterparts. The new carbon fiber roof weighs just 2.6 kilograms, which makes it light as a feather comparing to a steel roof’s 9.3 kilograms.
Meanwhile, the fenders are made of aluminum and weigh 800 grams, while the standard steel fenders have a weight of 2.2 kilograms. Behind the new carbon wheels wrapped in ultra high-performance 245/35, 19-inch tires, specially developed for the Extreme, we find a Brembo six-piston brake system including 370 mm diameter discs up front race car.
In addition, the chassis (spring/damper) is adjustable, just like in a real touring car racer. The racing theme is continued inside the car, where we find in specially-designed Recaro bucket seats, complete with six-point safety belts from Schroth. Furthermore, the interior features carbon-fiber-reinforced, suede-covered steering wheel with fine yellow decorative stitching.