AIMS 2012 gallery: Opel

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Bill Mott, Opel Australia Managing Director, was proud as punch standing alongside the Astra OPC at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show. And well he might have been, for he has presented Australian buyers with the cheapest 206kW money can buy. At $42,990, plus on roads, the Opel OPC is a genuine performance bargain. It’s the perfect hero car to spearhead the brand’s Australian assault.

OPC stands for Opel Performance Centre and if it’s not immediately clear to you the letters are akin to HSV for Holden, AMG for Mercedes and so on. As noted the 2.0 litre turbocharged four cylinder in the Astra OPC has an impressive 206kW on offer, complemented by an equally impressive 400Nm. And, praise the lord, all controlled by a fair dinkum manual gearbox.

With those numbers perhaps the claimed 0–100km/h time of 6.0 seconds from the front-wheel drive hot hatch is a little disappointing, but we imagine the in-gear acceleration will be a hoot.

Enhancing the Astra OPC’s appeal is its sleek and stylish body, which comes equipped with stacks of equipment. Goodies such as 19″ alloys (optional 20″ wheels featured in photos), FlexRide adaptive chassis, heated front seats in Nappa leather, Bluetooth, satellite navigation and premium audio are all thrown in for the standard asking price.

It looks fantastic in the OPC exclusive colour Arden Blue and the 20″ rims really set it off. The order book is open now and deliveries start early next year. They’ll sell plenty!

Of course, Opel has their full range on show in Sydney and we caught the Astra and Corsa for you. Check out the pics below.

Opel Astra OPC

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel Astra GTC

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel Astra Sports Tourer

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel Corsa 3 door

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel display

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Opel at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show

Confirmed: Opel’s Hottest Astra Yet, The Astra OPC Priced from $42,990

  • The Opel Performance Centre, Astra OPC priced from $42,990
  • Turbocharged 2.0-litre direct injection turbo petrol engine with 206 kW
  • 400 Nm torque, 0-100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds

In showrooms from early next year Opel’s hottest Astra yet, the Astra OPC is set to arrive in Australia with a hot price tag to match. Priced from $42,990, the Astra OPC is set to be the ultimate expression of pure passion for design, power and speed.

Opel Australia’s managing director, Bill Mott was very pleased to confirm the Astra OPC pricing on the opening day of the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.

“Enquiry from customers regarding the Astra OPC has been strong since we confirmed Opel’s introduction to Australia last year. We know we have the ultimate driver’s car and feel that priced from $42,990, the Astra OPC offers Australians a great deal of bang for their buck,” he said.

Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine, the Astra OPC (achieves a power output of up to 206 kW and maximum torque of 400 Nm. Never before has an Astra been so fast, the latest model to join the Opel Australia family can sprint from zero to 100km/h in just 6.0 seconds. The Astra OPC will be the most powerful hot hatch available in its segment1.

The Astra OPC comes with a long list of standard features including; unique 19-inch alloy wheels, Opel’s FlexRide adaptive chassis system, dual front, front side and curtain airbags, premium Nappa leather front sports bucket seats with front seat heating, a manually extendable front seat cushion and electronically adjustable lumbar, side-bolster and seat base bolster adjustment, Bluetooth® connectivity with voice recognition, Navi900 infotainment system complete with a 7-inch colour information display, satellite navigation, iPod® connectivity, SD card reader and seven premium audio speakers.

So packed full is it with standard features, the Astra OPC will offer only three additional priced options for customers; Opel’s AFL+, a premium forward lighting pack priced at $2000, unique 20-inch alloy wheels for $1000 and Opel’s premium paint priced at $695.

The Astra OPC will be available in five exterior colour choices, Summit White, Carbon Black, Power Red, Flaming Yellow and the OPC exclusive hero colour for the Astra OPC model in Australia, a pearlescent Arden Blue.

Order books are open in all of Opel’s 17 dealerships across Australia with the first models arriving in showrooms from late February 2013.

All prices quoted are recommended retail prices (RRP) and do not include dealer delivery or statutory charges.

(1) Small A Segment as defined by VFACTS