“I’ve never been one to keep a diary – as my high school teachers would attest, it was a miracle if I ever even looked at my school diary when they mentioned homework – but I can imagine if I did, my week with the Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition would be summed up by similar passages to the one above, every day. It was an attention grabber, and everyone gawked and gaped and snapped shots of the green monster wherever I went.
It may have had something to do with the Grasshopper Green paint; further enthusing the name “Nurburgring Edition”, referred to as the Green Hell by Jackie Stewart, or possibly the dual tail-pipes at the back, or maybe it was the Nurburgring insignia on the B-pillar that caught everyone’s eye. But if they’d only known what it felt like to drive, they wouldn’t have left me alone after only a smile and a photo or three.
You see the Corsa OPC ‘ring Edition has an old school charm. Despite its 1.6-litre turbocharged 4-pot engine, with 154kW – up from the standard OPC’s 141kW – and 250Nm (280Nm on overboost), it has a good old fashioned kick to the forced induction. Below 3000RPM there isn’t a ton of torque – although there is enough to get you rolling rather rapidly – but when the turbo spools and the boost kicks in, it sort of boots you in the chest, holding you firmly into the grasp of the leather clad Recaro bucket seats with white stitching and Nurburgring insignia on the head rest. It’s rather good fun actually and there is something to be said of old-school kick like that.”