Today’s youth is obsessed with power. Every hatch has been ‘blinged up’ with alloy wheels, spoilers and lowered suspension, not to mention the loud exhaust and the noisy air intake. I’m sure we’ve all been there and most of us petrol heads have had something fast previously down the line. Why they didn’t just sell the cars like that off the showroom floor, I don’t know. Maybe cars were considered more conservative back in the day.
The Opel Corsa OPC is something we should have had 15 years ago. Yes, we had the likes of the Opel Kadette Superboss, which was stupidly quick for its time and yet, it has faded and a stock Superboss is pretty tame by today’s standards.
The Corsa went to the gym, worked out and came back. The result being big wheels, flared wheel arches and a front end that will scare most passenger vehicles into the emergency lane when coming from behind. The car really does look fantastic from a boy racer point of view. The OPC Corsa gets a slight update from the previous models with Darker 18inch wheels wrapped in 225/35/18 rubber. Immediately you would think that this would be the most uncomfortable ride imaginable, but it’s not. It’s surprisingly good and the faster your drive, the better it gets.
Open the door and you are greeted by semi leather Recaro seats. Semi leather you say? Yes, otherwise you would slide around – literally. They are fully reclineable and also harness compatible. The Sport leather multi-function steering wheel is pure ecstasy from any driver’s point of view. The OPC logo reminds you that you are in no ordinary Corsa and in fact means business.
The interior quality is good. The dash feels a little better than the other Corsa’s in the range and the one touch windows are a treat. Some might argue that at night they stand out a little too much colour-wise, but they can be turned down via the interior ambiance adjuster. The radio is a front loading CD player that supports Mp3. There is also an aux in, but USB is an optional extra. The sound is loud and clear, but lacks a little in the low end department, which gives the music a flat feeling.
The luggage compartment has been increased by dropping the spare wheel and fitting a false floor. This means that you can now put your important goodies underneath the floor and your bags or shopping on top. Alternatively, the floor can be completely removed. With no spare tire you might wonder what you are going to do when you get a flat. No sweat, there is an emergency tire repair system, complete with a compressor to re-inflate the tires. A great idea and more car manufacturers should do this, but also keep a spare wheel.
The interior of the Corsa OPC really suits the exterior. The extremely race-inspired seats and the sports steering wheel almost convinces you that you are in a racing car. The interior is a pretty good place to be.
How does it drive
Start the engine up and you notice that this is not your average Corsa. The dials swing clockwise and jump back to their starting point. The Triangular exhaust tip also gives a deeper exhaust noise, yet the car remains pretty quiet inside. Engage 1st gear, get on the gas and the car has sudden urge to move forward. Around 2000rpm the turbo will start spooling and a couple of hundred rpm later the car develops a useable amount of torque that does give it a bit of a torque-steering feel. The power runs strong through the gears and even in 6th gear, at highway speeds, there is no need to down gear to overtake.
The stiff suspension and the low profile tires gives the Corsa OPC a good amount of grip in the bends and only when you push it really hard will it develop a bit of nose pushing or under steer. No need to worry though, the traction control and stability control will brake each wheel to prevent this from happening so you can rest assure that this car won’t put you into the bush like the older SuperBoss use to.
Fuel consumption is claimed around the 7l/100km but can be brought down to about 6.5l/100km. Not bad considering the cars power of 142kw and 230nm. Previously bigger engine cars made the same power and used more fuel and with the current fuel problems South Africa is facing, buying a smaller engine turbo charged car means you could still have a bucket load of fun at a pretty good price. Under normal driving condition, and not really taking fuel economy into consideration, the OPC Corsa returned 8.4l/100km and this means you should do about 550+km on the 45l tank.
I really like the Corsa OPC. It’s a fun car that draws a lot of attention due to its aggressive hatchback styling. Its currently priced at R271 000 and some might argue this is a lot of money for a Corsa, but I just love everything about it!
Where were you when I turned 18!