2006 Opel Zafira OPC review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 15 April 2006 , 15:04:49 byEmil

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Opel Zafira OPC

With the new Zafira OPC, Opel and the Opel Performance Center (OPC) have given their success model even more power. The exclusive characteristics of the world's fastest series minivan: an as yet unrivalled blend of "sports van" driving dynamics and variability, which is at the top of its class. A 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and a maximum output of 177 kW/240 hp constitute the dynamic element, powering the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The power unit provides its maximum torque of 320 Nm from 2,400 rpm and accelerates the innovative sports van to 100km/h in 7.8 seconds. The maximum speed is 231 km/h.

The Zafira OPC's unique sporty potential is expressed in its design: a deep front spoiler with large central engine cooling air-intake and fog lamps, 18-inch wheels in the exclusive OPC six-spoke design with a tire size of 225/40 ZR18 Y, accentuated side sills as well as a powerful looking rear end with trapezoidal tail pipes. As for the body paintwork, there is a choice of the following colors in addition to the OPC color Arden blue: star silver, sapphire black and magma red.

In the interior, top-quality Recaro sports seats (available in two fabric-leather combinations), a leather-covered sports steering wheel and a leather covered gear lever grip, aluminum pedals as well as sports instruments and door sills in the typical OPC design emphasize the vehicle's exclusivity. The seven-seater combines this ambience with exemplary spaciousness and the unbeatable advantages of the patented Flex-7 seating system, whereby it can be effortlessly transformed within seconds into a six-, five-, four-, three-, or two-seater, without the problems of having to remove or store the seats.

The Zafira OPC's chassis and suspension features, just like the engine, a consistently sporty character and offers high active safety reserves. A 17-inch high-performance brake system and IDSPlus2 (Interactive Driving System) play their part, the latter being the latest state of development of the highly developed driving dynamics control system. Within this system all driver assistance systems such as the driving stability control system (ESP), various brake functions and Continuous Damping Control (CDC) are integrated and harmonized with each other. The benefit: excellent handling and further improved suspension comfort. For even sportier handling, the driver can select the "SportSwitch" mode for a firmer chassis set-up.

Besides an outstanding combination of dynamics and variability, the Zafira OPC offers - at a base price of 32,500 euros - an equally excellent price-performance ratio. Comprehensive standard equipment and safety features leave little to be desired.