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OPC Nürburgring Edition driven

September 20, 2013

Nope, this isn#8217;t just any Opel Corsa. This is the N ü rburgring Edition – a highly tuned version of the regular OPC that’s been developed on the hallowed Tarmac of the Green Hell. So what’s new?

Well, for starters it gets a belligerent-looking new body kit with an integrated front splitter, sportier dual exhaust outlets, 18-inch anthracite alloys, fat Brembo brakes and a massive rear wing to go with the N ü rburgring logos located on each B-pillar, the sills and the leather bucket seats.

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It certainly looks the part but the changes to this Corsa are more than meets the eye. Under the skin the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine has been tuned to deliver 154kW and 280Nm of torque – up from 141kW and 266Nm, respectively. And you can certainly feel the extra poke. It pulls with the alacrity you’d expect of an OPC but there’s a key ingredient missing from the experience #8230; noise.

While the sports exhaust system drastically controls back pressure, it hasn’t been tailored to deliver the same acoustic pleasure you get from an Astra OPC. That said, it nonetheless accelerates like a bat out of (Green) Hell and will cross the 100kph barrier from standstill in only 6.8 seconds and go on to reach a max of 230kph. Power delivery is flawless.

While the regular OPC battles to transfer its power and torque to the road, the N ü rburgring Edition employs a mechanical limited-slip differential that helps quell any unwanted wheelspin under heavy acceleration and cornering situations – it’s just point, shoot, repeat and smile. You need only worry about the rate at which the OPC drinks fuel – well, if you drive the way it was designed to be driven at least#8230;

The best part of the car, however, is the manner in which it connects with its driver. Climb inside, strap yourself in and you’ll function together with the car as one organic unit, feeding off each other’s reactions and movements. The steering is sublime, delivering a sweet compilation of feel and feedback that allows you to trace accurate lines through wildly meandering roads with accuracy.

The suspension has also been tricked-out quite significantly. New Bilstein dampers and springs have been fitted all round, which not only drop the ride height by 20mm but deliver improved roll stiffness – just look at the space between wheel and arch! Together with the reprogrammed control algorithms that manage the traction control and ESC, the OPC sticks to the road surface like a magnet.

Surprisingly, the stiffer suspension hasn’t adversely affected the ride compliancy and it remains comfortable on most surfaces. I can only imagine how competent this machine is at devouring a race track – watch out Fiesta ST…

The Corsa OPC N ü rburgring Edition is a superb and electrifying B-segment hot hatch. Opel has certainly addressed all of the regular version’s shortcomings and added even more fun to the experience in the process. Priced at R343200, it does come at a premium but with 40 of the 65 allocated units already sold, this OPC is going to go down as not only a collector’s item but one of Opel’s most driver-focused vehicles ever made. Where do I sign? – Aaron Borrill

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