2017 Opel Astra OPC Rendered, Could Use Tuned 1.6-Liter Turbo

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Photo: Khalil B. of Virtuel Car
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After the 2015 Opel Astra K was successfully leaked on the Internet then detailed by the manufacturer, the pixel artists started dreaming up the yet-to-be-launched OPC variant. Khalil B beat the other Photoshop manipulators to it, using Corsa OPC components to get the best out of the all-new generation of the Astra hatch.
The Opel Corsa E’s most hardcore iteration is the OPC. With 207 horsepower and 280 Nm (206 lb-ft) with the overcast function on, the 1.6-liter ECOTEC SIDI Turbo engine is more powerful than the engines that animate the Renault Clio RS and MINI Cooper S. 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph)? That’ll be 6.8 seconds... with a manual box!

With so much going on for it, there’s hardly any wonder Khalil B employed the Corsa OPC’s go-faster aesthetics to morph the all-new-for-2015 Opel Astra into the 2017 Opel Astra OPC. Pretty face aside, what is there to get excited about prior to the official unveiling of the OPC?

According to more or less official reports, the Astra OPC will downsize from 2 liters to 1.6 liters displacement. It’s the natural step considering that the 2015 Opel Astra’s largest engines displace 1.6 liters. The most ponies the German brand offers on the Astra K is 200 horsepower (147 kW).

Word on the street is the output of the OPC’s 1.6-liter ECOTEC SIDI Turbo will be 280 horsepower or more if we’re lucky. By comparison, the current Golf R uses a 2-liter TSI engine with 300 horsepower on tap. The thing is, the 2017 Opel Astra OPC is underpinned by a brand new vehicle architecture (GM D2UX/D2XX).

Opel says that “the new Astra is up to 200 kilograms (441 lbs) lighter than its predecessor,” so guess how the Golf R and Astra OPC will fair in terms of power-to-weight ratio. Here’s hope the German automaker will also develop a dual-clutch transmission to rival Volkswagen’s DSG.

Editor's note: an all-wheel drive system would be a welcomed sight, dear Opel.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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