Opel Astra OPC

The Astra OPC comes with lightweight seats, but it will be an altogether heavy vehicle. It will crown a family of Astra GTC three-doors with gasoline engines from 99 hp and up (that’s Fiero territory, but with significantly more weight to contend with), and diesel engines ranging in output from 110 hp to 165 hp.

Will it come to the U.S.? We hear from within GM that the Astra GTC could be launched as a Buick here—it is, after all, essentially a two-door Verano. The OPC/VXR version (Buick likely would call it a GS, a moniker that has a proud history at Opel as well) would make it truly appealing. Let’s hope GM learns from the experience with the Saturn Astra, which was an utterly joyless car thanks to its basic trim and engine.

Opel Astra OPC Photo Gallery

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By Jens Meiners