New Opel Corsa OPC - 210 HP and 6-Speed Manual Confirmed

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GM’s European branch has kept us in the dark on the 2015 Opel Corsa OPC ever since the supermini debuted at the Paris Motor Show. Up to now, the sportiest Corsa E available was the OPC Line package teamed with the three-cylinder 1.0 EcoTec with 115 horsepower and 170 Nm (125 lb-ft) of twist on tap.
The last couple of months, carparazzi sent us pictures of a prototype Corsa that boasted with large alloy wheels, a sportier front fascia and two exhausts. Our two cents went on it being the new full-fledged OPC hot hatchback, not a different version of the OPC Line visual package, and our hunch appears to have been right on the money.

A specifications list for the new Corsa E powertrain options has been published by and according to it, there’s a 1.6 turbo petrol mill which develops 210 HP and it’s mated to snickety six-speed manual. Considering the last-gen Opel/Vauxhall Corsa OPC sent 192 horsepower to its front wheels and got from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds, we're pretty excited about the new OPC.

The six-speed manual is said to be more precise than its predecessor and more pleasant to swap cogs with
Furthermore, there’s the enhanced skeleton of the E-gen Corsa - it may be just a heavily revised Corsa D platform, but coupled to the extra oomph and OPC-grade components, this recipe may equate to a 0 to 100 km/h run of 7 seconds or even less if the 1.6 turbo mill will be offered with an overboost feature.

In the world of B-segment hot hatches, the 2015 Opel / Vauxhall Corsa OPC is more powerful than the Renault Clio RS, Ford Fiesta ST and the VW Polo GTI. It may be a lot for a hot supermini, but the upcoming new-gen MINI Cooper JCW guise will get a 2-liter turbocharged powerplant with 231 HP.

Lastly, the Renault Clio RS’ EDC dual clutch box enables the French pocket rocket to thrust its way to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, which is a bit faster than what we expect the 2015 Opel Corsa OPC to offer with its six-speed manual. But the advantage the little Opel holds over the Renault is that spirited drivers prefer to swap cogs the old school way, with a clutch pedal and heel and toe-ing their downshifts.

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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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