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Opel Astra OPC Extreme debuts before Geneva

Wed, 26 Feb 2014

The Geneva motor show starts next week, which means we get to see an awesome selection of cars that will never come to our shores. On Wednesday, Opel added the Astra OPC Extreme to that category, which now includes the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake, Volkswagen Polo and Aston Martin Vantage N430, among others.

The Astra OPC Extreme is 220 pounds lighter than the already-hot OPC, thanks to the use of carbon fiber. Carbon is used for the rear wing, diffuser, front spoiler, hood, suspension cross bracing, engine cover, wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation and roof.

The OPC Extreme is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, making 300 hp. It’s the most powerful four pot Opel has ever produced. Direct injection and variable camshaft phasing keep the power flowing, first through a six-speed manual transmission, then to a limited slip differential, and finally to the front wheels.

The OPC Extreme rides on 19-inch wheels with 245/35 tires. Six-piston Brembo brakes slow things down. Spring and damper rates are also adjustable.

Not hardcore enough for you? Well, Opel got rid of the back seats and added a roll bar. Then they installed Recaro bucket seats in front with a six-point safety harness.

Opel says the concept is a study for a low-volume production run, so if you like it, let them know.

By Jake Lingeman