OPC Means Long Way Home Adventures
- 27 November 2015
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Fun is the essential ingredient of any hot hatch, but the most telling factor is how involved you feel in the action. I was so caught up in the Corsa OPC that I didn’t even notice there isn’t a proper footrest next to the clutch pedal. The Corsa OPC is brilliant fun on a B-road blast, as its punchy torque and generous grip make it a “long way home” drive. At every fork in the road, I consciously took the road less travelled meaning more time spent at the wheel.
Inside, the new car’s a significant forward step with the all new Opel dash – chrome and glossy black finishes with a crystal clear and intuitive touchscreen interface. OPC touches include unique dials, sports pedals, a beautiful flat-bottomed steering wheel and a pair of Recaro bucket seats that I’ve fallen in love with all over again since driving the Astra OPC. Annoyingly though after letting someone in or out of the rear of the cabin, the front seats don’t return to their original position; you have to reposition them manually every time.
Peak power is 205hp with a broad spread of useful torque; 280Nm @ 1900rpm to 5800rpm. This leads to some interesting running costs, which may leave little to be desired in such a small car – especially in terms of fuel economy and tax 7.5L/100km Combined and €750 to tax.
The car is strangely free of OPC performance-related buttons. The traction control switch is the only one you’ll ever need to push – once for Competitive mode, longer for nothing at all. If only it had the hard-working, evocative voice to match it’s 205hp. Disappointingly, the exhaust system does precious little to enhance a fairly loud but whispering four-cylinder within the cabin, you don’t really get to enjoy it as much as anyone standing behind it does. And it’s lovely when you do get the chance to listen, it just doesn’t manage to envelope the cabin as much as it should.
The car certainly draws attention, down to its racy bodykit, 18 inch alloy wheels, chunky rear spoiler and eye catching colour of ‘Flash Blue’. That attention may not always be positive though, as all of that extra bodywork hints at a less-than-desirable image. Which is a shame as you don’t feel like a hooligan driving it and aren’t really aware of it’s effect until you park up somewhere and notice attention from bored security and the like with nothing better to do.
The bodykit and Remus exhaust are both standard kit, as are bi-xenon headlights, a heated windscreen, manual air conditioning, cruise control and the infotainment system, which includes Bluetooth and a DAB tuner. All of which are among a very long list of standard kit and completes a very fun and energising car.