This video taken by TourClips at the Nurburgring track shows this contender for the title in great detail. It's just a test prototype with many of its body panels borrowed from the outgoing Corsa D. But the part we're interested in is under the bonnet, the 1.6-liter SIDI turbo engine from the latest generation of Opel mills. It features a lighter block, direct injection and a more responsive charger. Fuel-saving measures such as better thermal management and low-friction cylinders will drop consumption to about 8 l/100km. Liked to it is a six-speed cog rowing machine which Opel believes is much better than anything before it.
The package will be kept as pure as possible: big power (200 hp or more), manual gearbox, big brakes and a sporty exhaust note… all the time. The only chink in its armor is the price. OPC products have always been a tad pricy, leaving plenty of room for the cheaper Fiesta ST and the manual Polo GTI also coming in 2015. We believe that car will drop the 1.4 for a bigger 1.8 TSI making 192 hp, available for the first time with a manual.