Opel Astra OPC hot hatch debuts in Europe

November 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Opel has unveiled its new Astra OPC known as the Vauxhall VXR in some markets. OPC stands for Opel Performance Centre and is the Euro brand’s in-house tuning division so this is the hottest Astra in the range.

The performance hatch is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine producing a huge 206 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque. These figures make it the most powerful Astra ever built and allow it a top speed of 250 km/h.

The large dose of power is sent exclusively to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. To help the hot hatch put that grunt to ground there’s a mechanical limited-slip differential on the front axle. The front suspension is a version of Opel’s ‘High Performance Strut’ suspension package and the car also comes with Opel’s adaptive suspension system FlexRide which includes a sports setting.

Visually the VXR is distinguished over its lesser kin by an aggressive body kit that includes aerodynamic front and rear bumpers, deep side skirting and a hatch spoiler. There’s also integrated dual exhaust outlets and XL-size alloy rims.  Continue reading “Opel Astra OPC hot hatch debuts in Europe” »

Rumours: Holden developing go-fast Cruze SS

March 23rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It’s been rumoured for some time now and in Singapore a cosmetic version was released (pictured), but the sports-focused Cruze SS could be closer to reality than ever before.

Holden looks set to take the reins on building a higher-performance Cruze with the SS name plate already being mentioned. While nothing is certain at this stage if Holden gets to work on a Cruze SS it could be on the road in just one year.

Currently, Holden has been developing a revised suspension and steering setup for the Cruze. There is also talk that the 1.6-litre turbo engine found in the Astra in Europe is a possibility for the Cruze as well.

But it’s another possible engine option that has performance car fans excited – the 208kW 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder from the Opel OPC Concept shown at last year’s Paris Auto Show.

Holden’s ultimate plan for the Cruze is to eventually compete directly with the Mazda3’s range, with sport and standard powertrains, hatch and sedan bodystyles, and a range of trim levels. That plan won’t be possible in all markets, but Holden’s powertrain and suspension work could prove very valuable for GM.

If the Holden Cruze SS does make it to production don’t expect it any sooner than the end of the year. Till then check back for more info as it becomes available.

New Opel Corsa Race Edition vs 1967-1973 Rally Kadett B Sprint

April 22nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

New Opel Corsa Race Edition vs 1967-1973 Rally Kadett B Sprint

Opel Corsa ecoFLEX

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Promo video for the Opel Corsa ecoFlex


Opel Insignia Sports Tourer

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Opel Insignia Sports Tourer walk through


2009 Opel Astra

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

The new Opel Astra will premiere on September 17 in Frankfurt at the IAA.


Opel Ampera electric car concept

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Ripping off the Ford Performance Vehicles Falcon front end, we think! The Opel (Holden!) Ampera concept runs on electrons


Opel Insignia – driving

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Driving footage

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