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Powerful and Light Opel, Vauxhall EXTREME Concept is Geneva-Bound

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/26/2014 Erick Ayapana

General Motors’ European brands are going to show off some fun toys at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Combining a potent turbocharged four-pot with a carbon fiber-extensive body, the Opel Astra OPC EXTREME and its counterpart the Vauxhall Astra VXR EXTREME should be two of the most popular hot hatch concepts at next month’s show.


Vauxhall first teased the track-focused concept last month, but now both brands have revealed a few more details on their concepts, which are based on their respective Astra Cup racers. For starters, the turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 is claimed to a make a lot of power. Opel is claiming “over 300 hp,” a number that enters a rare territory occupied by the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 and A45 AMG, which also have 2.0-liter turbo-fours, but make over 350 hp. The EXTREME concepts are each fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, while a limited-slip differential will divvy power to the front wheels.

Thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber, the Opel Astra OPC EXTREME and Vauxhall Astra VXR EXTREME concepts are 220 pounds lighter than the normal OPC and VXR hatches. The curb weight for a standard Opel Astra OPC is listed at 3417 pounds (or 3241 pounds without the driver). Accounting for a large chunk of the weight loss are the carbon wheels that are 44 pounds lighter than comparable alloys, while the in-house-made carbon fiber roof is about 6 pounds, which is about 14 pounds less than the steel roof. Other carbon fiber components include the front and rear spoilers, hood, suspension cross-bracing, engine cover, and aero pieces.

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Completing the package is a Brembo brake system, “ultra high-performance” tires, adjustable suspension, Recaro seats, and a six-point safety belt system. This street-legal racer concept could make it to production if GM sees enough love from the public, so head to Geneva and make a lot of noise if you want one of these EXTREME hatches in your garage. Unless, of course, you’re in the U.S. where the hatch won’t be offered.

Source: GM


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