Extreme seems to be the most appropriate adjective for describing the new 2014 Opel Astra OPC EXTREME. Based on the euro-spec Astra OPC Cup , Opel has reworked this car with loads of carbon-fiber bits to cut nearly 200 pounds from its curb weight, upped the power output of the 2.0-liter I-4 to over 300 horses, and thrown in a full roll cage for good measure. And that’s only the start.
The OPC EXTREME is fully street-legal, but is geared more for the track with is ultra high-performance 245/35R19 tires, six-piston Brembo front brakes and aggressive aero package. And although it doesn’t help it go faster, the dark grey and silver paint scheme with yellow accents is one of this car’s most eye-catching upgrades.
Its all-aluminum engine displaces 2.0 liters, and comes fitted with a turbo, direct injection and variable valve timing. A six-speed manual transmission sends power through a limited-slip differential and out to the front wheels. Although Opel hasn’t released the official numbers yet, it says the engine is good for ‘over 300 horsepower.’ A carbon-fiber engine cover helps dress up the engine bay that itself is covered by a carbon-fiber hood.
Opel is set to officially debut the car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in early March and will be gauging public opinion on whether the hatchback should move into production. We figure the public outcry will be tremendous, so don’t be surprised if/when Open makes that move. Sadly, and like any Opels these days, the U.S. won’t be seeing any on this side of the pond.
Click past the jump for all in known info on the Astra OPC EXTREME
Like we listed before the jump, the use of carbon fiber is rather extensive. Its use continues further onto the roof where the conventional steel roof panel was
Inside, the dashboard, center console, and instrument cluster remind everyone of Opel’s GM roots
swapped out, saving 14.8 pounds. The rear wind and the lower aero kit add-ons also benefit. The most surprising carbon fiber application, however, is the wheels – an application that’s just now becoming an accepted replacement of alloy. An impressive 44 pounds is cut by making the switch to CF wheels, which not only helps with overall weight reduction, but more drastically reduces the amount of unsprung weight.
Design wise, the OPC EXTREME is quite attractive, although it exudes a sort of boy-racerish look. The rear diffuser sports quad exhaust pipes that hit at the power lurking under the hood, while the nine-spoke carbon fiber wheels sport one white-painted spoke for an added effect. It reminds us of those Ken Block videos.
The Astra OPC EXTREME gets its power from an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter in-line-four making "over 300 horsepower."
Inside, the dashboard, center console, and instrument cluster remind everyone of Opel’s GM roots, however, the Recaro racing seats and Schroth six-point safety harness instantly spice up the interior for an amazingly sporty feel. The high-pile quilting on the suede seats give a remarkably upscale feel to an otherwise average front cabin area. Behind those Recaros stands a partial roll cage with some beautifully welded corners. The rear seat is completely ditched in the interests of saving weight.
The Astra OPC EXTREME gets its power from an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter in-line-four making "over 300 horsepower." Opel hasn’t released much more information about the specific engine outputs or powerbands, but we know it features variable valve timing, direct injection, and a turbo. We also know it’s constructed using many of the same race-bred parts and technologies used in the Astra OPC Cup car, so we know the engine will be capable of holding its own on the track.
A six-speed manual is the transmission of choice and it’s connected to a limited-slip differential to help put power to the ground.
We expect to hear the full run-down when the car goes on display at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show coming up on March 4 through 5.
|Type||2.0-litre turbo engine|
|Horsepower||300 HP @ TBA|
|Transmission||six-speed manual gearbox|
|0 to 60 mph||TBA|
With Opel still undecided on whether or not it’s even going to build the OPC EXTREME, it’s hard to know exactly what the car’s price list would look like. Opel does say that if the public craves the car the way it projects, the OPC EXTREME would enjoy a low-volume production run. Low volume generally means higher pricing, but we’ll just have to wait for a solid answer.
With 290 horsepower under its hood and 280 pound-feet of twist ready to torture the tires, the new Golf R is the perfect car to rival the OPC Extreme, should it hit showroom floors. The Golf R features standard 4MOTION AWD and a six-gog gearbox. Optionally, buyers can switch to the DSG trans for lightning-fast, clutch-free shifts. With the row-your-own gearbox installed, the Golf R hits 62 mph in 5.3 seconds, while the DSG drops that to a scant 4.9 ticks.
Gallery Volkswagen Golf R
The Opel Astra OPC EXTREME is a rather extreme machine, so it certainly lives up to its name. The added power from its 2.0-liter and weight-saving add-ons will help make this car the one to want for track days. Its extensive use of carbon fiber makes it a leader in the industry. Whether or not the car is moved into production, sadly, all depends on public excitement. Let’s hope the folks at the Geneva Motor Show really give Opel a push in the right direction.
- Powerful engine
- Great looks inside and out
- Extensive use of carbon fiber
- Undetermined if Opel will actually build it
- A little boy-racerish for some tastes
- Extensive use of carbon fiber can get expensive
Gallery Opel Astra OPC EXTREME
The Opel Astra OPC EXTREME that makes its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in six days is a real race-bred performance car. Developed on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the most challenging race track in the world, it is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine with over 300 hp and equipped with all the key high-tech components from its racing peer, the Opel Astra OPC Cup. The Astra OPC EXTREME was developed directly from the Cup version and brings pure racing technology to the road. If public reaction is as positive as expected, Opel plans a low-volume production run for the super sporty, street-legal EXTREME.
Over 300 hp will be unleashed from under the EXTREME’s carbon fiber hood. Its 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine, with direct injection and variable camshaft phasing, is quite simply the most powerful four-cylinder unit Opel has ever produced. The all-aluminum engine is mated to a slick, six-speed manual gearbox transmitting power through a limited-slip differential. This race-proven powerplant will have an easy time of it with the OPC EXTREME, because the super sporty car is 100 kilograms lighter than a conventional Astra OPC thanks to its high-quality, carbon fiber components.
Widely used in Formula 1 racing to reduce weight, carbon composite is incorporated throughout the EXTREME. This high-strength, ultra-light material is used for the aerodynamically-optimized rear wing, the diffuser, front spoiler, hood, suspension cross-bracing, the engine cover, complete wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation and roof. The carbon wheels are 20 kilograms lighter than their aluminum counterparts. This is weight saving in a decisive area because unsprung mass is substantially reduced – much to the joy of engineers and driving fun of drivers. The inhouse manufactured carbon fiber roof is almost as light as a feather. It weighs just 2.6 kilograms, compared to a steel roof’s 9.3 kilograms, and noticeably lowers the Astra EXTREME’s center of gravity. The fenders are made of aluminum and weigh only 800 grams a piece instead of 2.2 kilograms in steel.
Weight reduction in key areas greatly improves agility, overall handling and, of course, the car’s power-to-weight ratio. As a result, the street-legal EXTREME sweeps through fast curves as playfully and quickly as its racing brother in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship (VLN). Opel has also given the EXTREME breathtaking stopping power to match, with a Brembo six-piston brake system including 370 mm diameter discs up front race car. Ultra high-performance, 245/35, 19-inch tires, specially developed for the EXTREME, also play a key role and give almost as much grip as those on the race car. In addition, the chassis (spring/damper) is adjustable, just like in a real touring car racer.
The pursuit of uncompromised performance continues in the design of the EXTREME’S cabin: the back seats are out and a safety roll bar is in. The driver and co-driver are perfectly positioned in specially-designed Recaro bucket seats, complete with six-point safety belts from Schroth. In the Astra OPC EXTREME, the crew doesn’t just sit in the car, they are fully integrated as part of the vehicle itself. The driver also has the tactile pleasure of gripping a superb, carbon-fiber-reinforced, suede-covered steering wheel with fine yellow decorative stitching. Opel Motorsport’s core color also dresses up the Astra OPC EXTREME elsewhere, for instance in the exclusively designed logo and as lacquer on the side sills and front spoiler lip.
Apropos lacquer, the Astra GTC body format – the base model for the OPC EXTREME – ideally embodies Opel’s sculptural design philosophy. Its flowing, sculpted shapes and precise accents blend into dramatic proportions. The Astra OPC EXTREME’s multi-layer paint lacquer is combined with high-quality decal details to give a three-dimensional effect, further emphasizing the car’s clean edges, bold lines and athletic proportions.
“With the new Astra OPC EXTREME we show the pure joy of driving! This study is quite simply spectacular and driving enthusiasts will appreciate its looks, which are head-turning without grandstanding. Its interior is superb and typically Opel – exciting, precise and quality-made in Germany. The EXTREME is the new top-of-the-line model in our Astra family with all the attributes of a super sporty car,” says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.