Opel Astra OPC going to Geneva with 280HP image

Opel has recently announced that the new generation of the Astra OPC will be officially presented at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and the hot hatch will pack 280 horsepower.

According to the German based automaker, the new generation of the Opel Astra OPC has lost some weight on the way and thanks to more than 10.000 kilometers on the Nurburgring it promises to be better than the competition. In order to put down all of the 280 horsepower, the upcoming Opel Astra OPC will use the HiPerStrut transmission for the front axle and the FlexRide chassis is still a part of the ride, offering three driving modes, Normal, Sport and OPC, with the last one being orientated to driving on the track.

Under the hood, the new generation of the Opel Astra OPC will come with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, which is developing a total output of 280 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque, being mated to a six-speed manual transmission which is sending all the power to the front axle. The sport seats fitted in the cabin are new to the model and they have been made by using lightweight materials, dropping the total weight by 45 percent. More details on the model are expected to be announced at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next month.