The 2018 Opel Astra, which is also the basis of the Holden Astra, has been on sale for more than a year and there is not yet a performance-oriented OPC version. However, it seems that things are about to change.
After a long break, now Opel is preparing to give the little Astra a similar performance treatment. Taken to the camera with almost no camouflage, the near-production prototype had the familiar familiar bits seen on the Insignias, including red accents and bold front vents with silver surround.
The rear of the car features a pair of tailpipes aligned with those of the Insignia GSi, as well as a bumper design that appears to have been borrowed from the Astra OPC Line Sport Pack. For some unknown reason, the hot hatchback was built on small steel wheels, but it goes without saying that the final model will have big 18-inch alloy wheels to accompany these big Brembo brakes with red callipers.
It will be interesting to see what will power the Astra GSi, but expect the power to remain well above the 200 hp (147 kW) provided by the 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine offered for the model. regular. The Insignia twins have a larger 2.0-liter engine with 260 horsepower, but it seems highly unlikely that the smaller car can match that. Our money is on an upgraded version of the 1.6 with somewhere in the 230 hp region. Another plausible scenario would be to detune the larger engine.
Also keep in mind Opel has a new good 2.0-liter twin-turbo engine for 210 hp (154 kW) and a 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) torquetastic in Insignias performance, but it’s too early to tell if it’s going find your way inside the Astra GSi’s engine bay to combat the VW Golf GTD and the Focus ST diesel.
As for knowing when it will be seen in the metal, it will be believed at the Geneva Salon in March 2018, following an online revelation earlier this year. An OPC model could arrive lower with more of everything, including all-wheel drive to combat the Focus RS and Golf R.