High-performance Astra OPC/VXR variant comes with a 2.0 liter turbo unit delivering 280 PS (206 kW / 277 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.

Opel has introduced the new Astra OPC (a.k.a. Vauxhall VXR).

The Astra OPC/VXR comes with a 2.0 liter turbocharged unit with 280 PS (206 kW / 277 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, making it the most powerful Astra model ever. The car also features a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Following on the Opel Astra GTC, the OPC/VXR comes with some chassis modifications to handle all that power going through the front wheels. The sport hatch features a mechanical limited-slip differential on the front axle to do away as much as possible with the problem of torque steer. The front suspension is a High Performance Strut (as on the Astra GTC) and the car also comes with Opel's adaptive suspension system FlexRide which on the Astra OPC/VXR comes with both a Sport mode and an OPC/VXR button.

For the aero and aesthetics the Opel Astra OPC/VXR features a body kit that includes specially sculpted front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a roof spoiler. The dual exhaust comes in a trapezoidal shape.

On the inside are performance seats, a flat OPC sports leather steering wheel and a unique instrument panel.

Gallery: Opel/Vauxhall Astra OPC/VXR unveiled

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