Opel is celebrating the 15th anniversary of their OPC models by taking a look at the original 1999 Astra OPC.

Opel is celebrating the 15th anniversary of their OPC models by taking a look at the original 1999 Astra OPC.

Designed to be one of the company's sportiest models, the Astra OPC featured aerodynamic styling tweaks, Recaro seats and 17-inch BBS wheels.

Bigger changes occurred under the hood as the 2.0-liter Ecotec engine was equipped with forged pistons, "sharper" camshafts, a larger intake and an optimized ECU. Thanks to these modifications, it produced 160 PS (118 kW).

Besides upgrading the engine, engineers added a retuned suspension with Bilstein dampers. They also installed beefier brakes and a "more direct" steering system.

The Astra OPC was a hit and two years later Opel introduced the turbocharged Zafira OPC. It produced 192 PS (141 kW) and allowed the model to become the "fastest compact van in the world."

The OPC legacy continues today as the flagship Insignia OPC has a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 engine that develops 325 PS (239 kW) and 435 Nm (320 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the sedan to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in six seconds before hitting a top speed of up to 270 km/h (167 mph).

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