Astra looks good with a boot

General Motors SA have pulled a few pleasant surprises out of the hat for its passenger cars, including some impressive specification upgrades, fresh cosmetics, changes in model line-ups, the addition of a new engine, a hot limited edition scorcher.

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New Opel Astra Sedan on its way

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Review: Opel Astra OPC

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The Opel Astra OPC reviewed

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On the Opel Astra OPC

Whenever I arrive at the office park with a new car, most of the men come out to give it a proper once over. There they are, all having a look inside and under the bonnet (usually nodding with a seriously contemplative look on their face like they know exactly what they’re looking at – usually a plastic engine cover). However, when something really special comes along – like the Opel Astra OPC – ogling turns to pleading as a queue of drive requests forms that would make even Justin Bieber proud.


Of course, there’s power aplenty. Under the bonnet lives a 1 998 cm3, all-alloy, four-cylinder motor. Add the twin-scroll turbocharger with intercooler, and you can expect 206 kW and 400 N.m of torque. Enough to scorch the Opel to 100 km/h in six seconds.