2015 Opel Astra OPC Extreme Review, Price and Release – Welcome to Neocarsuv.Com, we will provide the latest information about the Opel Astra OPC Extreme Redesign. 2015 Opel Astra OPC Extreme is one brand new car from Opel that will be release in 2014. We will also review about the price, interior, exterior and engine of the 2015 Opel Astra OPC Extreme.
The Opel Astra OPC Extreme, which makes its world premiere at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, 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.
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.
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.
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.