Thursday, February 28, 2013

Opel Shows More of its 276HP Astra OPC Hot Hatch

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After the new Mokka shots [pun intended], Opel's Geneva Motor Show presentation continues with some fresh pictures of the brand-new Astra GTC, which will be marketed as theVauxhall Astra VXR in the United Kingdom.The most powerful (regular production) Astra ever is based on the sporty-looking Astra GTC three-door hatch and features a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine developing 280PS (276hp/206kW) and a maximum torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft).
A six-speed manual gearbox and a specially developed mechanical limited slip differential transfer power to the front wheels.
The OPC model also benefits from a raft of bespoke chassis modifications with changes to the suspension, steering and braking systems while it is also employs Opel's FlexRide adaptive dampers featuring a dedicated Sport- and OPC-drive mode.
Without going over the top, the Astra OPC looks the part with a new front bumper sporting a larger lower vent, side skirts, roof spoiler, a new rear bumper that houses a diffuser and rectangular tail pipes, and delicious 20-inch alloy wheels.
Likewise, the interior boasts select upgrades such as the body-hugging sports seats trimmed in leather with contrasting stitching that also feature on the door panels, the flat-bottom steering wheel and gear shifter.
The new Astra OPC will compete against the Ford Focus ST, the VW Golf GTI/R (depending on pricing) and the Renault Megane RS.


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