Opel already had a pretty hot hatch on its hands with the 2011Corsa OPC. The little spitfire was tuned for 192 hp and 196 lb-ft from its turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4. Still, there’s always room for improvement. — and the new 2011 Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition manages to pack a walloping 210 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque.
While just over 200 hp may not sound like a lot,the little Opel now makes 10 more horses than a Volkswagen GTI — which is a class-size larger than the Corsa.VW’s direct competitor to the Corsa is the Polo, which in its GTI form packs 177 hp from a 1.4-liter, turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder engine.
To boost the output 18 hp and 10 lb-ft over the regular Corsa OPC,Opel’s engineers modified the ECU and turbocharger system, while simultaneously bolting on a less restrictive exhaust system. Although the Polo GTI is fitted only with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Corsa OPC continues to send its power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
They didn’t stop with engine modifications, either — the chassis was upgraded and lowered with new Bilstein springs and dampers. The front brakes were also upgraded to a set of lightweight, high-performance Brembos with unique high-performance linings. The ABS, traction control, and stability control have all been recalibrated for the spirited driving. To quell front wheelspin and torque steer, Opel has fitted the Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition with a mechanical, multi-plate limited-slip differential. The performance upgrades give the hot hatch an estimated sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.2 seconds, 0.6 seconds quicker than the GTI.
Cosmetic modifications from a standard OPC model are few, and consist of two exclusive paint colors offered (bright-green grasshopper and red henna), new 18-inch forged aluminum wheels painted in a high-gloss grey finish, special B-pillar emblembs, a front lip spoiler, and a stainless-steel exhaust tips. The cockpit gains unique sill plates with black-and-red lettering, Recaro seats with white stitching, and piano black dashboard trim.
The Corsa OPC Nurgburgring Edition wears a price tag €4000 more than the regular Corsa OPC, with each of the limited editions costing €27,650 ($41,088) — less than €500 more than a 2011 GTI. Only 500 will be produced and are available to order from dealers now.