Opel is back in the UAE and is flaunting its latest line-up of stylish hot hatchbacks and Sedans. Liberty Automobiles offered Auto Trader the chance to test the Corsa OPC Nurburgring Limited Edition, with only 500 units said to be produced we snapped up the opportunity, they won't be around for long! The key features of the Nurburgring Edition compared to the standard OPC is simple; Higher performance, improved handling and increased stopping power. Opel Performance Center have worked extremely hard to improve the overall package for this new Limited Edition Corsa.
Additional power is delivered by a modified engine management and turbocharger system, also a new sports exhaust system helping to reduce back pressure. Previously the Corsa OPC produced 192 bhp, but with the help of the performance enhancing improvements now pumps out 202bhp from it's lively little 1.6 litre engine.
With all that power housed in such a small front-wheel drive car Opel had to come up with something adequate to help traction whilst cornering so they added multi-plate limited slip differential devised from race cars, making it an ideal candidate for forays onto the race track! The changes made to the Chassis are equally impressive, Opel collaborated with Brembo to supply the brakes and Blistein to lower ride height giving a lower center of gravity and produce tailored springs and dampers to suit the playful characteristics and enhancing the driving dynamics. That's all well and good driving down Sheikh Zayed Road and on a race track, but step off the super smooth road surfaces into car parks littered with ridiculously steep plastic speed bumps the joy of driving a Nurburgring developed thoroughbred quickly diminishes.
Aesthetic highlights include stunning 18-inch forged aluminum wheels in high-gloss grey and black, duel exhaust in stainless steel and comes with the option of two exclusive colors, apple green "grasshopper" and red "henna". The stylish sports interior is impressive, Recaro sports seats offer plenty of support without compromising comfort. Decorative stitching along with the "Nurburgring" logo is embossed into the backrest as a constant reminder of the spruced up Corsa you're seated in. Another feature I liked was the palm-friendly cushioned steering wheel, out of all the cars I have driven this is the most comfortable especially when driving assertively! The best part of the interior is the stick in-between the front seats with the numbers 1-6 on the top… Yes its Manual! The six-speed transmission is much needed in a car like this, but in the traffic of Dubai it can become inconvenient. However, the clutch is light and doesn't pose to much of problem in the achey leg department.
Its incredible fun to drive and would make a perfect companion for the type of person who likes to modify, it's obviously going to appeal to younger generations so I visited a local hangout for the youth's of Dubai and asked about to see what they thought of it. The response was positive and they had never seen the car before and more surprisingly never even heard of Opel. I was bombarded with questions, they were intrigued by this sporty little Corsa OPC.
Engine: 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo, 202bhp @5750rpm
Performance: 0-100kph 6.5s, top speed 230kph
Transmission: Six-Speed manual, fwd