OPC: High Performance Corsa, Meriva, Astra and Zafira Models
- Opel Performance Center – Expression of pure passion
- Meriva OPC: 1.6-liter turbo engine with 192 and 180 hp
- Astra OPC and Zafira OPC: 240 hp, 2.0-liter turbo engine
Rüsselsheim. While OPC stands for Opel Performance Center, car enthusiasts know OPC is more than just an acronym – it is a distinction and expression of pure passion. OPC showcases just how much sporty potential and technological expertise is in Opel cars. The OPC versions evoke emotion and are the top‑of‑the-line variants in their model range for driving dynamics. Currently there are four high‑performance models available.
Opel Meriva OPC: Minivan with sporty ambitions
Thanks to its superior driving performance, the first sporty model in the minivan segment fits perfectly into the dynamic, exclusive OPC family. The highlight of the Opel Meriva OPC is its 1.6-liter, four-cylinder 132 kW/180 hp turbo engine - a close relative of the Corsa OPC’s engine - which takes the multi-variable five-seater to a top speed of 222 km/h and accelerates it from zero to 100 km/h in only 8.2 seconds. In addition to the engine and correspondingly tuned six-speed manual gearbox, the sport chassis forms the basis for the minivan’s exciting drive. It is designed to offer maximum precision and is set lower in the front and rear than the other Meriva models. The Meriva OPC’s performance is enhanced by 17-inch wheels with 205/45 tires. Precise power steering makes the sporty minivan supremely controllable and large brakes ensure powerful deceleration.
Meriva OPC standard equipment includes Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), brake assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD). The Meriva OPC also boasts passive safety features such as a stable, torsionally rigid passenger cell, doors reinforced with steel tubes, six airbags including head curtain airbags, active head restraints in front, mountings for the ISOFIX child seat system and Opel’s patented Pedal Release System (PRS). For even more safety, one of the Meriva’s many high-tech options is the halogen curve and cornering light AFL, which is unique in this class.
The Meriva OPC’s distinctive face, honeycomb grille with wide color-keyed chrome crossbar, roof spoiler and rear apron all reflect its role as the sporty top variant in the model line. The 17-inch alloy wheels in OPC design with six Y-spokes, blue brake calipers and trapezoidal tailpipe are also model trademarks. The Meriva OPC interior boasts Recaro sport seats with fabric/leather upholstery as standard, an OPC leather sport steering wheel, as well as chrome-ringed instruments with special dials. Like all other Meriva variants, the OPC model features the unique FlexSpace concept. The compact leisure and family sport van can quickly and easily be transformed from a five into a spacious four, three, two or one-seater with generous luggage space, without cumbersome removal of the seats.
Opel Astra OPC: Compact sports car
With the Astra OPC, Opel advances into the territory of established sports cars. The coupé-like three-door model is powered by a 177 kW/240 hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that accelerates it from zero to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, and has a top speed of 244 km/h. The Astra OPC’s fuel consumption of 9.2 liters per 100 kilometers highlights the powertrain’s efficiency. Power is transferred to the front wheels via a sporty six-speed manual transmission.
The Astra OPC’s striking looks clearly identify it as the top model in its line. The body design with front apron pulled down low, central air intake and large 18-inch wheels in characteristic OPC six-spoke design (tires 225/40) showcases the car’s dynamic potential, as does the rear with its centrally positioned trapezoidal tailpipe. In the interior, Recaro sport seats, sports instruments in OPC design and aluminum pedals all contribute to the high-class sporty ambience.
The attribute “high-tech” also applies to the Astra OPC’s chassis. This features IDSPlus2 (Interactive Driving System) as standard, which was previously only found in the limited edition Astra OPC Nürburgring Edition. IDSPlus2 electronically networks and coordinates driving dynamics systems such as the Electronic Stability Program ESPPlus, Traction Control TCPlus, and various functions of the 17-inch high‑performance brake system.