Opel's Performance Variants Manager Wilfried Dieh has announced the next generation Astra OPC will be launched in 2017.

Opel's Performance Variants Manager Wilfried Dieh has announced the next generation Astra OPC will be launched in 2017.

Our spies have already caught on camera prototypes of the next-gen Opel Astra testing and now we have preliminary information about the hot OPC derivative due in 2017, a year after the regular variant. The vehicle will drop the four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine of the current generation for a smaller 1.6-liter that will develop somewhere in the region of 280 bhp (209 kW) so output will be slightly higher than today's model which has 277 bhp (206 kW).

However, while the current Astra OPC weighs a hefty 1,475 kg (3,251 lbs), its successor could lose as much as 150 kg (330 lbs) according to Wilfried Dieh. This massive diet will be possible by sourcing some lightweight components from the radical Astra OPC EXTREME concept displayed back in March at the Paris Motor Show. Speaking of the concept, Opel hasn’t decided yet whether to launch a limited production series of 100 units.

Note: Opel Astra OPC EXTREME concept pictured.

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