Opel's forward-thinking new Antara, boasting clever off-road technology and a compact body style, has been given the Irmscher treatment, further widening the car's appeal to those seeking a sporty compact SUV.

Opel's forward-thinking new Antara, boasting clever off-road technology and a compact body style, has been given the Irmscher treatment, further widening the car's appeal to those seeking a sporty compact SUV. Uniquely styled so by the German tuner, the Antara receives an uprated drivetrain and a range of high-quality cabin accessories.

Irmscher have integrated a design language and host of sporting accessories that realise an aggressive yet functional form. Every aspect from the markedly poised front end to the subtle rear spoiler and assertive rear bumper design is crafted for the demands of aerodynamics, with style among great precedence.

A more open Irmscher grille atop a restyled body-coloured bumper design tightly wrap around fog lights and a new front skirt. At the rear, upgrades include a further protruding tailgate spoiler and a redesigned bumper design. Plastics are ditched in favour of body-coloured side panels, with the addition of new steel entry sills, aiding the appearance of a more aggressive stance.

Over this steel threshold, owners enter a coseted Irmscher interior, available individually tailored in every sense. From the exclusive hand-crafted leather or Alcantara contoured seats to every possible wish with regard to materials, colours and finish. Leather multi-function steering wheel and switchgear are further individual details, while for the tuning firm's 40th jubilee year, a special plaque will sign the vehicle's association.

Enhancements to the Antara's driving dynamics are delivered primarily through the upgrade of the 2.0-litre CDTi's engine, increasing output to 175 PS. Desiring a more dynamic street presence, Irmscher lowered ride height by 30 mm and fitted the Antara with light-weight 'Evo-Star-Design' 20-inch alloys. Steel rear mufflers on a four-pipe exhaust system signal sporting achievement.

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