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2007 Opel Corsa OPC

Opel has shifted into top gear wîth the new Corsa. Following the successful market launch of the bestseller's fourth generation, Opel now sends the sporty top version on to the road. The OPC model is the quintessential expression of the Corsa's dynamic character, wîth top-level agility and vehicle control promising pure driving fun. Its 1.6-liter turbo engine wîth 141 kW/192 hp accelerates the compact three-door from zero to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds and enables a top speed of 225 km/h. The maximum torque of 230 Nm, which can be temporarily increased to over 260 Nm via an 'overboost' function, is delivered to the front wheels by the standard six-speed transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) This level of performance provides the newest member of the sporty OPC family wîth superb propulsion power in all driving situations. For instance, accelerating from 80 to 120 km/h takes just 6.7 seconds in fifth gear. The Corsa OPC requires 7.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, a moderate figure in this performance class. It makes its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in early March, shortly before its market launch.

The top-of-the-line Corsa's look also reflects pure sportiness. The roof spoiler, as well as the powerful front and rear aprons wîth distinctive gill-like air intakes and outlets make the OPC a real eye-catcher. Elements such as the darkly contrasting diffuser wîth integrated, centrally located triangular tailpipe and specially designed exterior mirrors are just a few examples of how much attention to detail was put into further developing the Corsa's bold, sporty character.

The Corsa OPC's chassis has a unique, even sportier character thanks to extensive modifications. Through intensive tuning drives on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, engineers were able to achieve a sophisticated balance of agile handling and pronounced vehicle control. Key modifications include a stronger rear axle profile and adjusted torsion beam rear axle weld-in angle, new spring/dampener tuning, lowering of the chassis by 10 mm and a larger stabilizer. The standard ESP system, which can be deactivated, has also been tuned to the car's sporty character. The new Corsa OPC comes wîth 17-inch alloy wheels wîth 215/45 R17 tires ex works, while 18-inch rims and size 225 tires are available as an option. The large 16-inch brake system wîth blue painted brake calipers ensures powerful deceleration: the Corsa OPC boasts internally ventilated, 308 mm front disk brakes and 264 mm disk brakes at the rear.

2007 Opel Corsa OPCSportiness also dominates the Corsa OPC's cockpit. In addition to the typical OPC door sills, chrome-ringed instruments wîth red pointers and blue-ringed air vents (also available in silver), the flat-bottomed leather sports §teering wheel is especially eye-catching. Also reminiscent of motor sport vehicles, the §teering wheel features a blue (or optionally silver) ring at its crown, while the center console in piano lacquer finish and aluminum pedals underline the sporty, high quality ambience. Particularly striking are the newly developed Recaro sports seats wîth integrated head restraints. The race-car-like seats protect both the driver and front passenger wîth integrated side airbags ? a world premiere for this type of seat.

The introduction of the Corsa expands Opel's OPC program to five model lines. The top-of-the-line Vectra OPC wîth 206 kW/280 hp is available as a sedan or station wagon. The Zafira OPC ? the fastest production van in the world wîth a top speed of 231 km/h ? and the Astra OPC both have a 177 kW/240 hp, two-liter turbo engine. The Meriva OPC is powered by an engine similar to that of the Corsa OPC: wîth 132 kW/180 hp and a top speed of over 220 km/h, the versatile five-seater is unique in the minivan §egmènt.

Source - Opel / GM
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