Geneva LIVE: Opel Astra OPC Extreme

The Astra OPC Extreme is the fastest factory-built Astra ever.

General Motors' Germany-based Opel division has revealed the Astra OPC Extreme at the Geneva Motor Show. The show car is a follow-up to the similarly-named Astra OPC Xtreme that bowed in Geneva in 2001.

Billed as the fastest factory-built Astra ever, the OPC Extreme is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 300 horsepower to the front wheels via a manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. Performance specifications are being kept under wraps but expect the hot hatch to reach 60 mph from a stop in about six seconds.

The Astra OPC Extreme is loosely based on the regular-production Astra OPC but it is 220 pounds lighter thanks to the widespread use of carbon fiber. The roof, the hood, parts of both bumpers the 19-inch wheels and several suspension components are all crafted with the lightweight composite material.

Inside, the Astra OPC Extreme packs Recaro bucket seats with six-point harnesses and a built-in roll cage that takes the place of the rear bench. The weight-saving treatment extends to the cockpit with carbon fiber trim on the dashboard, the door panels and the steering wheel.

Unlike its one-off predecessor, the Astra OPC EXTREME will join the Opel lineup as a limited-edition model shortly after its debut. Like all members of the Opel family, the Astra on steroids will wear a Vauxhall badge in the United Kingdom.

Look for the production version of the Astra OPC to debut next October at the Paris Motor Show.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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