sgCarMart – The performance hatchback segment has never been more fiercely contested or tightly packed. Hot hatches from Ford, Suzuki and Renault, as well as Volkswagen are all aiming to be at the top.
But now Opel has rolled out a firecracker of a competitor, with enough steak to match the sizzle that its sexy styling promises - the Astra OPC.
OPC stands for Opel Performance Centre and it does the same job as RS does for Renault and R for Volkswagen, adding lustre and zest to mainstream models.
Interestingly, the first OPC car launched in 1999 was also an Astra and it sold out all 3,000 limited edition units in the world within four months. Then in 2005, the Astra OPC was reintroduced with an updated powertrain and styling features.
Zooming onto our shores this year is the third generation of the Astra OPC, which is essentially based on the Astra GTC, but ups the ante with added visual muscle as well as more firepower under the bonnet.
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