Driven: Opel Astra OPC | EVO Magazine

17 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Driven: Opel Astra OPC | EVO Magazine

What is it?

take on the premium hot hatch, the OPC was introduced to us earlier in 2013 and the local Astra range. A Motors subsidiary, this is the time the Astra nameplate has in Australia without a Holden

Tech highlights

Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-pot, also happens to produce It drives the front wheels via a mechanical limited-slip differential.

In of a brand-name feast for motorsport Brembo supplies the brake and ZF Sachs have developed the damping system, which three levels of damping

Opel’s HiPerStrut front design, which separates the axis from drive in a way to the system in the Renault Megane RS and a hydraulic steering rack an impressive on-paper technical

What’s it like to drive?

an adrenalin-soaked road drive, my nerve-endings are matched only by the OPC’s exhaust pinging as cools. It’s a lively on-road, the punch above eliciting an involuntary giggle, as the punch is accompanied by a ferocious akin to an old-school Sierra RS as the engine demands more

That comparison extends to the power delivery. Despite of ‘quick throttle response’ the turbocharger is laggy until of 3000rpm, when it really to kick towards the 6500rpm Combined with a reluctant on the six-speed manual gearbox, progress lacks the consistency of in this segment.

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Despite the advanced front the OPC never completely disguises its front-drive limitations. Under on a straight road the nose can to torque steer – it’s ‘two hands on the wheel’ at all Thankfully, under cornering the lifts its game, resisting to corner flat and maximise the of the 245/35ZR20 Pirelli P Zero fitted to the ($1000) optional wheels of the test car.

Exit traction is exceptional.

drive mode tightens control and offers keener response. OPC mode also the level of assistance for the steering in honesty, OPC is best left to hot-lapping, being overly for regular Aussie back-roads. is a great compromise, revealing a mix of compliance and capability.

Braking, via the discs and four-pot front is tremendously strong with pedal feel.

How does it compare?

At $42,990 the Astra OPC is marginally more than its key competitor, the aforementioned ($42,640 in Cup form). The Opel is a proposition and better equipped, for overall ability we’d towards the Megane. A manual Scirocco R is more refined, but at is more expensive and, less thrilling.

At $38,290 five-door Focus ST is also considering even if it lacks the edge of the others.

Anything else I need to

The standard-fit race-style leather offer wonderful adjustment and but are positioned quite high in the We’d take some low-set seats to improve the position and sacrifice the heating and adjustment – how ’bout it, Opel?

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