Opel debuts mini Corsa OPC

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 5, 2015

With its recently introduced Corsa continuing to post respectable sales numbers each month, Opel has added a more performance orientated model to range in the form of the Corsa Sport.

Slotting above the previous range topping Cosmo, the Sport features a number of styling and exterior tweaks to differentiate itself from lesser models. These include a OPC-Line bodykit, 17-inch dark titanium alloy wheels, black mesh grille, standard bi-xenon headlights and black mirrors.

Inside, the Sport boast a number of traits debuting next year on its bigger OPC sibling such as a flat-bottom steering wheel, drilled pedals, leather covered OPC-esque gear lever and model specific Moonray Sports seats finished in black leather.

Underneath the skin, the Sport features revised front suspension geometry, a slightly lowered ride height, new springs and updated steering.

Up front, the impressive 1.0-litre three cylinder turbocharged Ecotec engine makes way for a brand-new 1.4-litre four cylinder turbo, which also debuts next year in new Astra.

Part of parent company, General Motors’ range of Small Gasoline Engines (SGE), the mill produces 110 kW and 220 N.m of torque, with a revised six-speed manual being the sole transmission option. Top speed is 204 km//h with the 0-100 km/h sprint taking 9.6 secs. Combined fuel consumption is a claimed 5.9 L/100 km with emissions coming below the 120 g/km threshold at 118 g/km.

A five year / 100 000 km warranty and three year / 60 000 km service plan is included in the R255 200 asking price.

 

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