Even a lot more than in years previous, this month’;s Geneva Motor Show press days were completely teeming with lust-worthy sizzling hatches. There was the new Seat Leon Cupra, the Honda Civic Type R idea, Volkswagen Scirocco R and Golf GTE, Audi S1 and Abarth 695 Biposto. But a single of the most enticing of them all was the Opel Astra OPC Excessive.
Properly a roadgoing version of the Astra OPC Cup racer, the Severe is a track automobile for the street that packs a 2.-liter turbo 4 tuned up to 300 horsepower and little else – and by that we imply it really is been all stripped out and geared up for hardcore overall performance.
We have to admit that we had been a small bummed when General Motors stated that the Astra OPC Intense was just for demonstrate at the moment. But word coming in from Autocar suggests that, based on constructive public reception at the Swiss show, it has already been accredited for manufacturing.
Manufacturing will reportedly be constrained to in between 50 and 300 examples, dependent on demand. That apparently consists of a appropriate-hand-drive Vauxhall Astra VXR Intense for the Uk market. All we want now is for GM to bring it across the Atlantic to promote in US showrooms.