2012 Opel Astra OPC hatchback officially unveiled with 280 horsepower

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The 2012 Opel Astra OPC sports hatchback is officially out, and it is more powerful and faster with its new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The OPC version stands for Opel Performance Center, which will be available for the European market and as the Vauxhall Astra VXR in Britain.

GM’s European division has done a great revision to the new 2012 Opel Astra OPC sports hatchback. The company slapped on the new turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection for this compact hatchback. The engine is rated at 280 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power is channeled to the front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox, and GM says the Astra OPC has a speed limit of 155 mph.

“We have devised a great package that will convince even the most experienced sports drivers – not just on the Nürburgring,” said Winkelhock, the motorsport legend.

Similar to the Astra GTC, the 2012 Opel Astra OPC uses the HiPerStrut front suspension with adjustable dampers, steering and throttle, and the FlexRide control system that features three settings: Normal, Sport and VXR/OPC.

Other performance features for the new hatchback include Brembo brakes, dual exhaust, a limited-slip differential, and a aerodynamic body kit to round out the look. The aerodynamic body kit consisted of front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and a roof spoiler.

As for the interior, the 2012 Opel Astra OPC sports hatchback gets performance seats, unique steering wheel, and upgraded instrument panels.

Too bad that the U.S. won’t get the new 2012 Opel Astra OPC sports hatchback anytime soon, but if we do, it likely to be the GTC under the Buick brand.