“The hot hatch segment is tougher than ever before and manufacturers are pushing the limits of design and technology. They need to squeeze the most out of their 2.0-litre turbocharged engines, which isn’t a difficult task, what is difficult though is getting that power onto the road.
The Golf GTI has set the benchmark over the years facing off against some tough competition from Ford, Renault and Opel. They have all tried to dethrone the GTI to no avail, now though, Opel has unleashed its most powerful production Astra produced to date and its got the GTI lined up for a head shot.
For starters the Opel Astra OPC definitely looks the part. I maintain that it’s the best looking out of all the current hot hatches. It provides an expression of a passion for power and speed. The sporty profile of the vehicle is enhanced by the incorporation of a carefully sculpted aero treatment. Front and rear bumpers, side skirts, an aerodynamic roof spoiler and two, fully integrated, trapezoidal shaped exhaust tail pipes, define the external shape of the Astra OPC with its base shape derived from the Astra GTC. Wheel rims are 20-inch forged alloy for an added statement of performance.”
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