There are many hatchbacks on the market today but not so many hot hatches. This is mainly because people looking to buy a sports car are usually looking at bigger and more expensive cars. However, there are quite a few people out there who love this small pocket rockets, so there is a small market for them. One of the best hot hatchbacks so far has proven to be is the Corsa and its derivatives, but after the release of the latest Fiesta, it fell behind it. However, there is going to be a brand-new 2016 Opel Corsa OPC which is going to be a hefty update over the 2013 model.
Just like before, the 2016 Opel Corsa OPC is going to be based on the normal car, but with a few added bonuses to it. The chassis is going to be tweaked in order to be stiffer and easier to manage by the driver, while the engine will get a small update. All of these will come at the same basic price of around 23 thousand euros, meaning that it will still be more affordable than its competitors.
2016 Opel Corsa OPC Design
The interior is going to receive some upgrades over the previous model. The most obvious is going to be the new dashboard and steering wheel which are now based on the E model. The dashboard has a nicer layout which is easier to read and reach by the driver. This will help not only on the road but also on the track. In the instrument cluster there is now a small LCD screen which shows information about the time, laps and GPS data, while the center mounted screen will offer satellite navigation, and it will act as a small infotainment unit. The seats have also been upgraded to Recaro which offer a much better lateral support than any standard seat out there.
The outside of the 2016 Opel Corsa OPC will also be reworked. Being based on the Corsa E means that most of the panels are going to be changed. There is going to be a new set of headlights with included LED daytime running lights while the tail lights will feature a modular design. Besides all of these, both the front and rear bumpers are going to offer bigger air intakes for the upgraded engine as well as a new intake on the lower part of the hood.
Engine, Performance, Specs
Engine wise, the 2016 Opel Corsa OPC is going to get a very similar 1.6L turbo four-cylinder engine like the previous model, but this time it will get a new turbocharger, as well as a slightly different intake system. This will up the power from the old 192 hp to 207 horsepower and to 206 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque, meaning it will provide just as much power but more torque as the special edition Nurburgring Corsa. The engine is then going to be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, sending all of its power to the front wheels via a limited slip differential, which will help with traction and torque steer.
The fuel consumption is expected to be similar to the current model with an expected average of around 7.5 liters per 100 km, emitting 174 g of CO2 per kilometer. The performance on the other hand is most likely going to increase. The top speed will reportedly be over 230 km/h (143 mph), while the 0 to 100 km/h time will be less than 6.8 seconds. While it is close to the older special edition model, the real change will come in the suspension tuning which is going to improve the way it handles by a really big margin.
New Opel Corsa Release Date, Price
The release date for the new pumped up 2016 Opel Corsa OPC has been set for the mid of 2015, while a special edition model might come as early as 2017. It made a debut at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. Like we already mentioned at the beginning of the article, the price is expected to be about €23,000. In the United Kingdom there is a variant of this model called the 2016 Vauxhall Corsa VXR (green car in the photos below), and it went on sale this May for the price of £17,995.