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Opel Astra OPC EXTREME; fastest Astra ever

January 30, 2014

Opel and Vauxhall have unveiled a crazy Astra OPC/VXR ‘Extreme’ concept car derived from last year’s Astra Cup racing car. It will make its public debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme

Showcasing a wild bodykit with huge front and rear spoilers, the concept takes its inspiration from a full-on racing car that competed in the Nurburgring Endurance Championship. Only instead of being intended for racing, this is designed as a road-going beast.

The Vauxhall Astra VXR, which is the same car as the Opel Astra OPC sold in Australia last year, is already one of the most powerful front-wheel drive production cars on sale. The Extreme, according to the companies, is set to be the fastest ever production Astra.

Yep, the concept will eventually spawn a production model ready for the showroom in Europe. Power is expected to come from an uprated version of the 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder, which currently produces 206kW.

Highlight features include carbon components, an integrated safety structure ready for the race track, racing seats and six-point belts, and a number of racy trimmings.

The concept will help celebrate VXR’s 10-year anniversary – VXR is like HSV to Holden, only it’s Vauxhall and VXR. It will be sold as an Opel in corresponding markets.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.