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Opel Astra OPC Extreme Unveiled as a 300-HP Road Racer


Low-volume production run confirmed for fastest Astra ever built.

Set to debut in Geneva, this is the Opel Astra OPC Extreme – a race-bred performance car Opel claims is the fastest road-going Astra ever built. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbo four-pot that sends 300-hp to the front wheels via a six-speed manual and limited-slip differential. That all-aluminum engine is the most powerful engine Opel has ever built and has been put in a car that weighs 100 kg less than the Astra OPC thanks to a host of carbon-fiber parts.

These include the rear wing, diffuser, front spoiler hood, engine cover, suspension cross-bracing, rear wheelhouse ventilation, roof and wheels.The 19-inch carbon wheels alone save 20 kg compared to its aluminum counterparts, while the fenders are made of aluminum to help shave off a few more kilos. The Astra OPC Extreme gets awesome stopping power thanks to Brembo’s six-piston brake system with 370-mm front discs. Performance figures have yet to be released but expect it to beat the Astra OPC’s 0-62 mph sprint time of 5.9 secs. Inside, rear seats are replaced by a safety roll bar, Recaro buckets have been fitted up front along with Schroth six-point safety belts, while the cabin is trimmed in grey suede with contrast yellow stitching.

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