Following the teaser photos released yesterday, Opel (and Vauxhall) lifted the virtual curtain off the Astra OPC Extreme (Vauxhall Astra VXR in the UK) concept, which previews a low-volume production model – provided that “public reaction is as positive as expected.” `
Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the hardcore study is 100 kg (220lbs) lighter than the production Astra OPC and is powered by an uprated version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine producing over 300-horses. The all-aluminum engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that works together with a limited-slip differential.
Developed on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the Astra OPC Extreme is derived directly from the Astra OPC Cup racecar. This explains why it has a roll bar, carbon fiber hood and other carbon components such as the rear wing, diffuser, front spoiler, hood, suspension cross-bracing, the engine cover, complete wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation and roof. The carbon wheels alone are 20 kg (44lbs) lighter than their aluminum counterparts, while the carbon fiber roof weighs just 2.6 kg (5.7lbs). The fenders are made of aluminum and weigh only 0.8 kg (1.7lbs) a piece instead of 2.2 kg (4.8lbs) in steel.
Opel didn’t provide performance figures, but said the OPC Extreme is equally quick as its racing brother. Stopping power is supplied by the Brembo six-piston brake system including 370 mm (14.5in) diameter discs up front. The car rides on 245/35, 19-inch tires, specially developed for the Extreme. In addition, the spring and dampers are adjustable, just like in a touring car racer.
The interior has no room for rear passengers, as the rear seats are replaced by a roll bar. In the front, the Astra OPC Extreme features specially-designed Recaro bucket seats fitted with six-point safety belts from Schroth. The carbon-fiber-reinforced steering wheel is covered in suede with yellow decorative stitching, while Opel Motorsport’s core color also found in the exclusively designed logo and lacquer on the side sills and front spoiler lip.
We can only hope public reaction to this model will satisfy Opel’s management because this car needs to be built.
By Dan Mihalascu