2012 Opel Astra OPC gets 280-hp

Meet the most power Astra ever. Opel today took the covers off of the new Astra OPC, a sporty compact hatch that will be available in the summer of 2012 in countries across the European continent.

“The whole chassis of the sports car is designed to deliver power, without comprise,” Opel said in a statement. “In line with the finest OPC traditions, the car was put through its paces and polished on the Northern Loop (“Nordschleife”) of the Nurburgring race track in Germany under the supervision of the Opel brand ambassador Joachim (“Jockel”) Winkelhock. It is geared especially towards lateral dynamics and superb handling qualities. The high tech front-wheel suspension, HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) of the Astra GTC helps to achieve this.”

Power for the Opel Astra OPC comes from a 2.0 liter direct injection turbo gasoline engine making 280-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. While no 0 to 62 mph figures is given, Opel says that the Astra OPC hits a top speed of 155 mph.

“We have devised a great package that will convince even the most experienced sports drivers – not just on the Nürburgring,” the motorsport legend, Winkelhock , explains. The high performance brake system made by the prestigious manufacturer, Brembo, ensures good deceleration stats and maximum stability, even in moments of intense pressure.

I want one – in the United States – now.

– By: Omar Rana