Even more than in years past, this month's Geneva Motor Show press days were absolutely teeming with lust-worthy hot hatches. There was the new Seat Leon Cupra, the Honda Civic Type R concept, Volkswagen Scirocco R and Golf GTE, Audi S1 and Abarth 695 Biposto. But one of the most enticing of them all was the Opel Astra OPC Extreme.

Effectively a roadgoing version of the Astra OPC Cup racer, the Extreme is a track car for the road that packs a 2.0-liter turbo four tuned up to 300 horsepower and little else – and by that we mean it's been all stripped out and geared up for hardcore performance.

We have to admit that we were a little bummed when General Motors stated that the Astra OPC Extreme was just for show at the moment. But word coming in from Autocar suggests that, based on positive public reception at the Swiss show, it has already been approved for production.

Production will reportedly be limited to between 50 and 300 examples, depending on demand. That apparently includes a right-hand-drive Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme for the UK market. All we need now is for GM to bring it across the Atlantic to sell in US showrooms.

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      • 9 Months Ago
      that car itself may not come to the US, but that platform is already used here (buick verano, Cadillac elr, chevy cruze and volt). the opel cascada is due to come here as a buick. if the cascada wants to better compete here, it will need a performance version with about 300-hp. they could do what Volvo is going to do and add a supercharger to their new turbo 4. instead of 240-hp, it will have 302 and 295 lb ft (intead of 258) and replace Volvo's 6-cylinder engines... eventually! that's an increase of 62-hp and 37-lb ft. add that to the regal's turbo and you could have321-hp and 332-lb ft.... the possibilities are out there, question is gm smart enough to use it!
        • 9 Months Ago
        Verano is not only the same platform. It's basically the same car (Astra sedan) with different grille, reflectors.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why does the US always get stiffed with awesome cars like this? Sell them here!
        • 9 Months Ago
        Because not enough people would buy them when they cost as much as your dirt cheap V8 muscular cars.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why cant this just be sold in the us?
      • 9 Months Ago
      They need a freakin' new Calibra.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Euro gasoline is much higher grade than ours......that's why anything with zip from there has to be adjusted for our fuel.....which always means less HP and torque.
      • 9 Months Ago
      GM, bring it here as a Chevrolet Cruze HB, as is sans graphics and I WILL buy one. I promise! I am in the market but would wait the year or two it took to certify this for US consumption.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wow!!!! Love it!