Opel Astra OPC going to Geneva Motor Show image

The German based automaker Opel has recently announced that the new Astra OPC generation will be officially presented to the public at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, on the 6th of March.

The new Opel Astra OPC will mark the company’s attempt to re-enter the hot hatch segment which has been dominated by Ford and Renault in the last few years, but judging by the performance, the incredible output and torque and by the looks of the new Astra OPC generation, the model will most likely battle with its rivals on the same level, except for that front-wheel drive, which Opel has no intention to turn it into a four-wheel drive in its hatchback.

The new generation of the Opel Astra OPC is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, which is developing a total output of 280 horsepower and it has a peak torque of 400 Nm. Power is being sent, just like we said above, to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Opel is using a HiPerStrt suspension on the front wheels and the FlexRide chassis isn’t thrown away just yet. The new Astra OPC is offering three driving modes, Normal, Sport and OPC, with the last one being orientated at driving on a track.

Bucket seats are new on the Opel Astra OPC and thanks to them being made out of lightweight materials, they are 45 percent lighter, while offering a lower driving sensation. In its official press release, Opel is saying that no other car manufacturer has used this new material for making seats. The new Opel Astra OPC seems to be ready for its future customers and the 10,000 km done on the Nurburgring are backing up just about everything, considering the fact that 10,000 km on a track are similar to 180,000 on a road.