General Motors’ German brand Opel brings its hot hatchback fight with Ford, Renault and Volkswagen to Australia from early next year with the launch of the Astra OPC - OPC stands for Opel Performance Centre - which made its local debut today at the Australian International Motor Show (Sydney).
And Opel has shown it wants to contend by pricing the Astra OPC sharply from $42,990.
Under the bonnet is Opel’s 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engine delivering 206kW/400Nm. Opel says the Astra OPC is its fastest car to-date – zero to 100km/h in just 6.0 seconds. The Opel OPC rides on the German giant’s FlexRide adaptive chassis technology.
Styling is nice and equipment levels have been pegged to match other Europeans – 19-inch alloy wheels, premium Nappa leather seats, satellite navigation with a seven-inch colour screen and premium seven-speaker audio system. On the options list are 20-inch alloy wheels, a forward lighting system and premium paint.
“Enquiry from customers regarding the Astra OPC has been strong since we confirmed Opel’s introduction to Australia last year. We know we have the ultimate drivers’ car and feel that priced from $42,990, the Astra OPC offers Australians a great deal of bang for their buck,” explained Opel Australia chief Bill Mott.