Detailed: 2016 Opel Corsa OPC

Detailed: 2016 Opel Corsa OPC

The current Opel Corsa OPC is a bit long in the tooth. Newer rivals have joined the fray, like the Ford Fiesta ST, Peugeot 208 GTi and Renault Clio RS. This year Volkswagen will release the new Polo GTI. So fans will be relieved to hear that Opel’s dainty fighter won’t be throwing in the towel. You’re looking at the all-new Corsa OPC.

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Power has gone up to 152kW and 245Nm from 141kW and 230Nm in the outgoing model. There’s an extra 35Nm of torque available with an overboost function too. Opel claims the new model is more responsive at lower speeds. The extra power gain seems to have chopped a significant amount off the sprint time. It’ll go from standstill to 100km/h in 6,8 seconds, compared to 7,2 seconds.

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Chassis specialists Koni lent their expertise to the development of the little performance car. It’s endowed with something Opel calls Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology. In their words, it allows damping forces to adapt to the frequency of the car. Put simply: it strives for a balance between athleticism and comfort. Compared to its “normal” siblings, the OPC sits 10mm lower to the ground. And there are various modes, including a Competition Mode, which sees the traction control disabled.

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Standard OPC fare features on the outside, with a surfeit of go-faster bits and alloys boasting a design lifted from the bigger Astra OPC. It looks wicked, you’ll agree. At the rear, twin pipes are part of the Remus exhaust system – complemented by a diffuser. On the inside, you’ll get Recaro seats and one of those racing inspired flat-bottomed wheels that are ubiquitous in sports cars these days. Thankfully, there is more tech: Opel will throw in their new IntelliLink infotainment system. In the words of an overzealous infomercial presenter, that’s not all! Buyers will be able to specify a Performance Package. This comprises of a mechanical differential by Drexler, bigger wheels and stopping power in the form of Brembo brakes.

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The new Corsa OPC premieres at the Geneva Motor Show in March. We’re awaiting confirmation on when it can be expected locally. The standard iteration of the latest Corsa will be launched in South Africa this month.

IgnitionLIVE Reporter