Aiming to demonstrate how an OPC version of the Astra GTC could look, the German car manufacturer Opel presented the Astra High Performance Concept at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. Six months later, at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, the Opel Astra OPC had its world debut, delighting the enthusiast public with its impressive design and features. Its deliveries in Germany are scheduled to begin on November 25. The efficiency of the high-performance unit is enhanced by the combined fuel consumption of 9.2 l/100 km. The fast three-door model appears as extremely agile as it is received power from a 240 bhp 2.0-liter turbo engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Even at low engine speeds, strong pulling power is ensured by the maximum torque of 236 lb.-ft., while maximum speed reaches 152 mph and the zero to 62 mph is covered in only 6.4 seconds, underlining the true sports character of the car. As compared to the GTC, the body stands about 0.4 inches lower due to the Opel Astra OPC chassis technology, which integrates firmer springs and shock-absorbers. Precise feel, durability and powerful deceleration are provided by the 17-inch high-performance braking system. Furthermore, the five-spoke, OPC light-alloy wheels with 225/40 R18 tires, the blue brake calipers, the strongly contoured door sills, the rear bumper with centrally positioned tailpipe, the large air intake as well as the deep front spoiler, essentially contribute to the uncompromising looks of the car, thus clearly distinguishing it from the GTC.
The interior is the epitome of style and refinement, showing a cockpit with additional OPC-specific details, a three-spoke sport steering wheel, aluminum pedals and door sill trim in OPC design. The safety technologies of the Opel Astra OPC include front and side airbags, active head restraints in front, head curtain air bags for the front and outer rear seats.
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