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2008 Opel Astra OPC Nurburgring Edition

2008 Opel Astra OPC Nurburgring Edition
2008 Opel Astra OPC Nurburgring Edition Specifications
Brakes F/R:ABS, vented disc/disc
Tires F-R:235/35 ZR19
Driveline:Front Wheel Drive
Type:Turbocharged Inline-4
Displacement cu in (cc):123 (1998)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM:240(177) / 5600
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:236(320) / 2400
Redline at RPM:n.a.
Length Width Height in:167.3 68.4 55.4
Weight lb (kg):n.a.
Acceleration 0-60 mph s:6.4
Top Speed mph (km/h):151 (244)
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km):n.a.
Base Price: 2008 Opel Astra OPC Nurburgring Edition - n.a. (last update: 8/29/2007)

Opel Presents Astra OPC Nurburgring Edition

At the start of the fourth round of the OPC Race Camp, Opel unveils the Astra OPC Nurburgring Edition, a limited special edition version of the successful three-door model. The Nurburgring Edition emphasizes the connection between the racetrack steeped in tradition and the Opel brand. The Nurburgring, and in particular the legendary Nordschleife, are rightfully known as Opel territory, as this is where Opel production cars are extensively tested during their development stage. Manuel Reuter first highlighted the OPC models' performance power in 2005, when he set a circuit record with the Astra OPC in this vehicle class. With the special Astra OPC Nurburgring Edition, Opel now raises the connection to the Nordschleife to a new level.

The Nurburgring Edition is particularly eye-catching thanks to the sporty white lacquer, large rear spoiler, as well as exterior mirrors and B-pillars in carbon look. The racing circuit's red signet also adorns the B-pillars. The second-generation IDSPlus2 chassis is familiar from the Vectra and Zafira OPC models and ensures even greater driving dynamics in the Astra OPC Nurburgring Edition. Weight optimized white rims, a two-millimeter wider track and ultra high performance tires complete the high-performance package. The interior features special full leather trim, carbon-look decor and a badge on the glove compartment with engraved serial number. An image of the race track is also engraved in the head rests. The special edition's 240 bhp 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine takes it from zero to 62 mph in 6.4 seconds and to a top speed of 151 mph. The front-wheel drive model comes with a sportily tuned six-speed manual transmission.

"The special edition model is a tribute to the Nurburgring and our customers, who have made the Astra OPC the best-selling OPC model of the current generation," says Alain Visser, Executive Director Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, Adam Opel GmbH. The special edition Astra OPC Nurburgring Edition goes on sale in the first quarter of 2008.

OPC Race Camp Makes Racing Dream Come True

The fourth level of the OPC Race Camp that starts this month (August 2007) on the Nordschleife is the perfect stage for presenting the Astra OPC Nurburgring Edition. Opel breaks new ground with the OPC Race Camp - a professional talent casting that helps ordinary drivers discover and develop their motor racing skills. 500 candidates were chosen from the almost 18,500 applicants in the first round, which took place in April. Since then, further selection has taken place and today, 20 racing talents go into the fourth round hoping to capture one of the coveted eight positions in the race team that will participate in the legendary 24-hour race on the Nurburgring in 2008.

With its sporty OPC model range (Opel Performance Center) and OPC Race Camp, Opel now opens up a new range of possibilities in its traditional domain of popular motorsport. Candidates must have the talent and determination to achieve their dream of race car driving, while Opel provides them with the cars, the professional training and the necessary organizational support. After all, the dream of being a racing driver often dissipates because of the high investments that are required. Alain Visser sees the OPC Race Camp as a motorsport venture with good prospects for the future: "With the OPC Race Camp, Opel opens a completely new dimension in motorsport. The Race Camp addresses friends of motorsport that would otherwise experience car racing from the sidelines at best. It is an ideal project for Opel's participation in popular motorsport because we can get our fans even more directly involved."

Opel Racing Driver Star Wanted

Another new idea is the focus on people and excitement at the OPC Race Camp. The fortune of the candidates at the various casting levels captivates both the media and outside observers, as do the demands of the thrilling selection processes and training stages. As a result, the OPC Race Camp has strong media partners in print and television, who accompany the entire project with regular and extensive coverage.

The Race Camp candidates use several 240 bhp Astra OPCs as training vehicles, and two racing versions of the compact sports car are ready for later competitive races.

Because of the positive response to the OPC Race Camp - with almost 18,500 inquiries from German-speaking European countries - Opel is considering expanding the Race Camp concept to other European countries.

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