Monday, 25 February 2013


The boss is back (again)! The return of the Opel Astra OPC to South African market signals the seriousness of GM SA about its European brand. The car is the most powerful and hence, exciting in its class, thanks to a new package that includes a 2.0-litre turbo engine.

Force-fed to the front wheels is the 2.0-litre motor that makes 206kW at 5500rpm and 400Nm of torque between 2450rpm and 5000rpm through direct injection. That’s quite a long way from the “normal” 184kW delivered by rivals such as the Renault Megane RS and Ford Focus ST, and further still from the highly popular 155kW Volkswagen GTI. Engaging the engine is a 6-speed manual gearbox with one of the most stylish gear levers in the business.

Opel says the Astra OPC will haul from 0 – 100km/h in just 6 seconds, and stop accelerating at 250km/h. According to the company, “key elements that contribute to the excellent vehicle dynamics are high performance struts (HiPerStruts) on the front suspension; the mechatronic FlexRide chassis system; a mechanical plate type” limited slip differential, and the Brembo brakes.

Another class-leading feature is the standard fitment of 20-inch alloy wheels, paired with 245/35 R20 tyres. There’s a multi-plate limited slip differential (LSD) that is said to minimise wheelspin on take-off or under severe cornering. When we drove the previous-generation Astra OPC we noted that it would even torque-steer at 120km/h, something unusual for any car.

That this is a high-performance hatch does not mean it should be limited as far as comfort features are concerned. So they have included things like climate control, power windows, leather interior, sports seats, rain sensors, cruise control, an electronic parking brake and a sound system with a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as 7 speakers, in case you get tired of the whooshing engine note.

The new Opel Astra OPC is now available from your nearest Opel dealership with a 5 year/120 000 km warranty with roadside assistance. Anti-corrosion warranty is valid for 5 years/unlimited km. Recommended service intervals are 12 months/15 000 km or as indicated by on-board monitor. A 5 year/90 000 km Service Plan is included in the price.

Opel Astra OPC Pricing
Six-speed manual (R435 000)

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