Spyshots: Opel Corsa OPC Facelift Should Get New SIDI Turbo Engine

When the Opel Corsa OPC (Vauxhall Corsa VXR) came out, people criticized it for the 1.6-liter turbo engine. They said the 2-liter in the Clio RS was better. Well guess what, the Clio RS and every other car in the segment for that matter now has a small turbo engine.
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Despite being first to the kill, the Corsa got slim picking. But now the Germans are working on a new one. This is it, the new Corsa OPC, spotted undergoing road testing. Technically, it's a facelift, but the front end and interior will be new.

So what about the engine? Well that could be new as well. Opel has announced two new 1.6-liter turbo engines made with aluminum and featuring direct injection. Producing 200 hp, the more powerful of the two has already been fitted to the Cascada and conveniently makes the exact same numbers as the Corsa OPC's rivals.

Like we mentioned in August, the interesting thing about the new 1.6 SIDI Turbo engine is that it has 300 Nm of torque. That's a massive 70 Nm more than what's currently offered on the Corsa OPC.

A new, smoother manual gearbox is also likely to be fitted and both emissions and performance should be improved. The keen eyed amongst you should also notice the double exhaust with cylindrical pipes sticking out, like the setup on the Nurburgring edition.

The only thing that worries me is that the Corsa OPC is already overpriced as it is, before brand new technology is added.


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