Opel Astra chief engineer Marc Schmidt has revealed the high-performance OPC variant will likely feature a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.

Speaking to CarAdvice, Schmidt said a 1.6-liter engine is the "biggest" that will fit under the hood of the new Astra baring some “really special” project.  The engineer declined to talk about the OPC itself but his statements seem to suggest the model will use a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine instead of a turbocharged 2.0-liter unit.

This meshes up with previous statements by Wilfried Dieh who suggested the Astra OPC would be unveiled in 2017 with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that produces approximately 280 bhp (209 kW).

Schmidt also revealed the HiPer Strut front suspension is incompatible with the new Astra but hinted the model's reduced weight could eliminate the need for it.  As he explained “The mass reduction in itself is amazing relative to how the vehicle feels and handles, and that is why the HiPer Strut at this point is not [necessary].”

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