Opel Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition
Every now and then the motor manufacturers of the world develop an icon, think VW’s GTI, Porsche 911, BMW’s M3, Ford’s ST etc.
Today, GM announced it will bring the Opel OPC Nürburgring Edition to South Africa. The Nürburgring Edition will be available in limited numbers from October. This edition will be a limited run worldwide, not just a limited import run in SA.
Opel’s ties to the Nürburgring Nordschleife date back to the 1960s and the track is probably the most gruelling and demanding in the world. Despite that all Opel vehicles are tested at the Nürburgring before entering production, OPC variants receive extra-special fine tuning of chassis, performance and handling dynamics to ensure they perform at the top of their respective classes. Nicknamed the ‘green hell’ by Sir Jackie Stewart, OPC vehicles are amongst the fastest around the circuit – the previous generation Opel Astra OPC and original Zafira OPC both having achieved records in their segments at the track.
Hot, hotter, hottest
The hottest Corsa ever – and not just in the looks department. The new Opel Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition features a host of visual and performance upgrades to push the envelope even further, the changes culminating in a striking and extra-zippy little car.
Visual changes include the addition of a front lip spoiler, a new rear roof-mounted spoiler, dual exhaust pipes and dark-painted 18-inch alloy wheels. The latter play host to brand-new high-performance Brembo disc brakes. Interior changes include Recaro sports seats in Nappa leather, while equipment upgrades include rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control and an upgraded audio system with USB and Bluetooth compatibility.
The chassis has undergone further development, enhanced for better performance by Bilstein. The turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine has been tweaked as well, now producing a maximum of 154 kW at 5 850 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 2 250 rpm – and as much as 280 Nm on overboost. This OPC also features a new mechanical multi-plate limited slip differential on the front axle, to ensure the torque is translated into speed with a minimum of fuss.
The Nürburgring Edition dispatches the 0-100 km/h dash in just 6.8 seconds, running on to a top speed of 230 km/h. Performance notwithstanding, the Nürburgring Edition’s ECOTEC engine still produces sound efficiency figures – its combined cycle average is just 7.6-litres per 100 km and carbon emissions are 178 g/km.