• Apr 22nd 2011 at 5:28PM
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Opel Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

Between the New York Auto Show, the Shanghai Motor Show and Top Marques Monaco, there's a major motor expo happening on each of three continents. But the latest model you see here wasn't unveiled at any one of them.

What you're looking at is the hottest hatch to come from Opel. It's called the Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition, and it means business. To start with, the Opel Performance Center (think of it as General Motors of Europe's AMG) has tweaked the 1.6-liter turbo four from 192 horsepower to 210 and boosted the torque count from 170 lb-ft (196 on overboost) to 184 (206 on overboost).

To cope with the added twist, OPC's fitted a multi-plate mechanical limited-slip differential. They've also added Bilstein suspension components and Brembo brakes, recalibrated the ABS, traction control and stability management systems. On the outside, they've mounted new 18-inch alloys on 35-series low-profile rubber and a new front spoiler, dual-tipped stainless-steel exhaust and the requisite special badges.

The result is a Karousel-charging 6.8-second sprint to 60 and an Autobahn-crunching 143 mph top end. Only 500 examples will be offered, with two new colors (Grasshopper green and the above-pictured Henna red) joining the catalog for this special edition. Follow the jump for the full press blast and scope out the trio of images in the gallery below for a closer look.

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Most powerful Opel Corsa of all time: the OPC 'Nürburgring Edition'

- Output of 154 kW/210 hp – maximum torque raised to 280 Nm
- Mechanical, multi-plate limited slip differential on the front axle
- Newly-developed Bilstein performance chassis
- Special, high-performance brakes by Brembo

Rüsselsheim. The Corsa OPC is now even more powerful. The limited OPC 'Nürburgring Edition' is based on the recently upgraded Corsa model line and, with just around 500 units planned, it will offer a rare blend of raw power, performance and passion.

Additional power is delivered by modified engine management and turbocharger systems, a sports exhaust with reduced back pressure, and optimization for 100 octane fuel. As a result, the maximum output of the 1.6-liter OPC turbo engine is raised from 141 kW/192 hp to 154 kW/210 hp, giving a specific power rating of 131.4 hp per liter which is exceptional in this engine class. The maximum torque of the base engine (230-266 Nm) is also increased to 250 Nm and 280 Nm when the turbocharger's 'overboost' function is activated.

In order to convert such power into efficient propulsion, the front axle is equipped with a mechanical, multi-plate limited-slip differential. This helps reduce wheel slip when there are very high lateral forces under acceleration, for example, or changes in the texture of the road surface. It is also ideal for forays onto the race track.

The chassis of the Corsa top model has also been retuned. Measures taken include an even lower ride height, the use of newly developed spring and damper units by Bilstein and – as a further high-tech detail – a new lightweight front braking system from specialists Brembo with bespoke, high-performance brake linings. The control algorithms for the chassis support systems – ABS, Traction Control (TC) and the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) – have all been recalibrated by experts at the Opel Performance Center to match the car's new configuration.

Visual highlights include two new, exclusive body colors – apple-green 'Grasshopper' and red 'Henna' – as well as newly designed 8 x 18-inch, forged aluminum wheels in high-gloss grey, shod with the 225/35 R 18 V tires. Other features distinguishing the 'Nürburgring Edition' from the existing Corsa OPC are a front spoiler lip and a new dual exhaust in stainless steel, as well as 'Nürburgring' logos on the B-pillars.

The sports interior features unique sill plates with black and red 'Nürburgring' lettering, and decorative white stitching on the front Recaro sports seats, as well as the rear seats, handbrake and gearshift console. The front seatbacks are also embossed with the 'Nürburgring' logo and the steering wheel insert is finished in piano black.

Outstanding driving performance – outstanding driving fun

Standard performance figures give only hint of what it's like to drive the Corsa OPC 'Nürburgring Edition'. It hits 100 km/h from a standing start in just 6.8 seconds, and in-gear elasticity is boosted by that plentiful torque generation. This small sports hatch completes the transition from 80 to 120 km/h in 5th gear in just 6.2 seconds, and with a top speed of 230 km/h it is among the performance leaders in its class.

As its name suggests, the Corsa OPC 'Nürburgring Edition' once again underscores Opel's bond with the famous Eifel race track steeped in tradition. The top-of-the-line Corsa had to prove its brilliant driving dynamics during testing and tuning runs under maximum load on the Nürburgring north loop, the world's most demanding race track. But the driving fun on offer is not restricted to speed and handling precision alone. It also includes an exciting aural experience: the sound of the newly developed exhaust system is tailored to suit the character of the vehicle, as well as giving optimal performance.

The essence of the Corsa OPC 'Nürburgring Edition' is best summed up by Opel brand ambassador and OPC performance driving trainer Joachim 'Jockel' Winkelhock. "You drive and drive and drive – and you just don't want to stop," he says in his folksy manner with a typically roguish smile.

The Opel Corsa 'Nürburgring Edition' can now be ordered at a recommended retail price of 27.650 euros (incl. VAT in Germany).

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Mel @ aWingThing.COm
      • 4 Years Ago
      WHY can't we get this as a Chevy? COME ON! That thing is so hot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Mel @ aWingThing.COm
        It really costs next to nothing if you don't have to make any styling changes. And since this isn't sold here at all it could come over virtually unchanged and no one would care, i.e. the Opel/Saturn Astra, only less sucky. Unfortunately the true cost comes if they have to re-engineer it for safety, which usually calls for new bumpers and such (See Ford Fiesta). That's the main reason it's not here, but yes, this looks WAY better than either the Sonic or the Beat, despite being 5 years old.
      Cesar Garcia Jr
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm with Mel on this. THIS is what the Sonic and Sonic SS should be a fast lil'rocket, not another Aveo.
      Dane Grant
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buick Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition? Coming to America Fall 2012?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is sexy. Provided it was priced decently (and actually available in America) I would buy it in a heartbeat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm in a ranting mood today so I just have to say that I have a 97 Opel Corsa B, it has awesome performance! 0-60 mph in 15,2 seconds! It can almost fit two adults! uses around 30 mpg if I am gentle! And I can almost fit a two 14' tires in the trunk... Yeah... my first car... Can't say I love it, but it gets me around. Tough this new Corsa does seem better and faster, why not just buy a performance oriented car that is bigger like a 3 series or m3, ford mustang in America is cheaper than this Opel in some countries, why not get that? I really don't get why anyone EVER would buy a small car, I certainly never will again. I can't handle that uncomfortable, slow and tiny shitbox anymore! NO I want a Cadillac! I don't get why you American's on Autoblog are so crazy about these small European POS's, kinda funny that you want EU cars that you can't get while we Europeans want American cars like the new muscle cars and Cadillacs, but can't get them here! There really are a lot of cars that are big that get better fuel economy than my car, my car has poor fuel economy on highway speeds which accounts for 80% o my driving. Hell even a 57 Chevy Bel Air that a friend of mine has cruising on the highway gets better fuel economy than my car does, because my little car with the 1,4 liter 60hp engine struggles above 70 kmph, I think a lot of people don't realize this. BTW My dream car is a 2011 Dodge Challenger 392 in black! Tough this can only be a dream of mine in my country as the car is cheap at a little over 40k dollar, importing it to my country is what cost! 240000 dollars approximately if I want a Dodge Challenger 392 with plates in my country! ANARCHY! No wonder American cars don't sell well here when the gov'ts taxes them to damn high! My next car however will probably be a Chevy Caprice from the late 80's with a 5,0 liter engine, those are cheap used and quite cheap to run. The 5,7 liter version uses to much gas for my liking. Rant over, sorry for going a little off topic guys :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        You have every right to want bigger and more powerful car. I can understand that there is no replacement for displacement, even if you super/turbo-charge the smaller engine. And no 4-cylinder engine will ever sound like a glorious V8. You probably want to stand out in your home country with a car that will suit your needs. And looking up on the old 5.0L Caprice, you have 170-hp and 255-lb-ft of torque, which translates into 17/26 US (not UK) miles per gallon in the city/on the highway. http://autos.msn.com/research/vip/default.aspx?ICID=FAC&make=Chevrolet&model=Caprice#used But regardless of the size and engine of the Caprice, I have found (having a Buick Roadmaster in the family a number of years back), the packaging is suprisingly poor, and the passenger space is cramped compared to what you can get in many other US cars that are smaller in overall size. There is about a 1.5-foot of empty space in front of the engine, before the hitting the front pumper. Let's just say that from a packaging stand point, your Caprice will be a dud. But if you want some V8 RWD fun, the Caprice will not let you down and I would recommend that you do opt in for the 5.7L version 17/25 (compared to the 5.0 Caprice at 17/26) which you'll get a healthy 260 HP and 330 lb-ft of torque. http://autos.msn.com/research/vip/Spec_Glance.aspx?year=1994&make=Buick&model=Roadmaster
          • 4 Years Ago
          The whole there's no replacement for displacement is the worst argument ever and is constantly disproved. I also don't know that I'd put Caprice and fun in the same sentence. Unless you just want to sit there and do burnouts there's not much fun to be had, unless 15 second 1/4 miles is your idea of fun!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the look but to compete in the US would need about 50 more hp.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you need a fast car in US GM will willingly offer you their Camaro and Vette.
          • 4 Years Ago
          cuz we all know BIGGER is BETTER right?............................................................
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most things in the US with 50 more hp can't keep up with this as is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Corsa I rented in France last year was the cheapest, most anemic and flimsy piece of crap I've ever driven!! Hated every minute of it. No thanks!!! It "looked" pretty though. It was very Mazda-3ish.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The old Corsa was a cheap, crappy car. The new one is supposedly good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      don't you wish we still had Saturn around?... Wonder if this would work as a Buick...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wouldn't mind this coming over..maybe as a buick? Buick hatch? haha, I could see it now. Buick Corsa GS.. hey you never know :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The most powerful Corsa produced was the limited edition VXR 888 produced three years ago. http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/carreviews/firstdrives/218469/vauxhall_corsa_vxr_888.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      So what exactly does this have to do with the Nurburgring? I was hoping from some sort of lap time or something.
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