Test Drive: Opel Corsa OPC & # 8212; cure for winter boredom

Before us is a wonderful remedy for winter mood. Opel The Corsa OPC is a car antidepressant at its best, and anyone who turns off ESP in their head can feel the heat of the summer heat in this car in the middle of winter. Indeed, by controlling this little "hot pepper", a person finds himself in his film, in a world that is many times faster than usual. When you get into this car, the first thought is: "Well, this is a toy!" "

Test Drive: Opel Corsa OPC & # 8212; cure for winter boredom

So small, short, wide, bright blue, this car looks like a toy. Yes, and which ones? At the same time, sweet, sweet and childish, but on the other hand - cruel, rude, vicious and extremely ruthless. Despite being an Opel, this car does not go unnoticed. Moreover, he seemed to have landed on our way from another planet. At almost every traffic light, we looked in the rearview mirror at faces clinging to the windshield and read OPC from our lips.

Test Drive: Opel Corsa OPC & # 8212; cure for winter boredom

Like every other model in the OPC family, the Corsa is adapted to an aesthetic that bears an irresistible reminder of the German tuning scene. look The car is equipped with a bunch of aesthetic accessories and this is what is required. The car has been extensively redesigned compared to the high-volume version of the Corsa. The front end is dominated by a large spoiler with fog lamps housed in chrome housings at the very corners. Side sills and 18-inch wheels define the side view, but at the same time, the body is noticeably lowered by 15 mm. At the rear, visibility is attracted by the centrally located chrome-plated triangular exhaust pipe, which is cleverly integrated into the air diffuser, which serves only a visual function. We can safely say that the Opel Corsa OPC, in comparison with the regular Corsa, looks like a pearl among pearls. The exterior is very strong, and its exterior does not try to hide any of its 192 "horses".

Test Drive: Opel Corsa OPC & # 8212; cure for winter boredom

Inside, we find fewer changes compared to the "regular" Corsa. The most impressive detail is the sports seats featuring the famous Recar, on which Serbian rally champion Vladan Petrovic felt like a fish in water: “The seats hold the body very well when cornering and convey a lot of information from the ground. The sports steering wheel draws special attention, the hands are perfectly "glued" to it, the lower part is nice and flat, but I would not mind the large protrusions, which are a little confusing and spoil a quite good impression. In general, the ergonomics of the driver's seat are at a high level. I have to admit that the gear lever needs to be more convincing. Because a nearly 200 horsepower car needs to have a more convincing and stiff gear lever with shorter strokes. Maybe the solution is to simply install a shorter handle, which I can mark as a proposal for the next generation, because in this case it looks like it was taken from a regular model. " The pedals, which have rubber inserts in the OPC version, have also been changed, and perhaps the biggest optical change in the cockpit is the blue vents.

Test Drive: Opel Corsa OPC & # 8212; cure for winter boredom

There is not much room for passengers in the rear seats. This is also facilitated by massive front seats with a rigid rear section that is not too comfortable for the knees of rear passengers. The trunk of the Corsa OPC holds 285 liters, while the fully folding rear seat back gives a solid 700 liters. Instead of a spare wheel, the Corsa OPC has a tire repair kit with an electric compressor.

Test Drive: Opel Corsa OPC & # 8212; cure for winter boredom

A real sports heart breathes under the hood. The small 1,6-liter turbocharged petrol engine is showing its best condition. The block is made of cast iron but only weighs 27 kilograms. The BorgWarner turbocharger is integrated with the exhaust system components and is made of aluminum. From 1980 to 5800 rpm, the unit develops a torque of 230 Nm. But with the overboost function, the turbocharger pressure can be briefly increased to 1,6 bar and the torque to 266 Nm. The maximum power of the unit is 192 horsepower and it develops an unusually high 5850 rpm. “The engine is very powerful and behaves like it's not a turbo. When we want to get the most out of the engine, we have to crank it up at the high rpm we have seen in most modern turbocharged gasoline engines. When the engine exceeds the 4000 rpm limit, it sounds as if auxiliary combustion has been activated in the exhaust. Great sound. Acceleration is convincing, and the only problem is being fast enough on a gear lever that is too long to contain the power surge as soon as possible and get the best acceleration possible. However, you have to be careful because on wet asphalt the front wheels very quickly show and prove that traction has its limits, which can lead to a sudden widening of the cornering path. - noted Petrovich.

Test Drive: Opel Corsa OPC & # 8212; cure for winter boredom

Although consumption is not the primary information for buyers of this model, it should be noted that in terms of operation it is very different. During normal operation, consumption ranges from a modest 8 to 9 liters per 100 kilometers. In the hands of the champion Vladan Petrovich, the computer showed as much as 15 liters per 100 kilometers.

Test Drive: Opel Corsa OPC & # 8212; cure for winter boredom

“When it comes to driving style, the Corsa OPC instills confidence. But, in the case of the inexperienced, it should be pointed out that the Corsa should be wary of, with the assumption that the electronic stability system ESP should not be ruled out. Handling is always a special topic, even with the Corsa. The car responds perfectly to all requests, but when you find yourself on a winding path, for example, on the path to Avala, its nerve line appears. I think you should be especially careful, because 192 hp. - this is not a joke, and the differential lock is only electronic. This means turning the wheels into space every time you press the accelerator pedal uncontrollably, which requires quick response and high concentration. Although the wheels are 18 inches in diameter, they can barely cope with the "attack" of torque. But as a city racer, the Corsa OPC will shine and deliver pole position at every traffic light with more driving pleasure. All praise the brakes, but I don't think Hillholder should be in this car. " - Petrovich opens to us. In terms of comfort, the low profile tires make driving very uncomfortable, especially in the rear seats. The driver and passengers feel every unevenness of the asphalt and once again remind passengers what kind of car it is. The rear shock absorbers also contribute to this, as they are rigid and securely hold the car on the asphalt. But those who buy a car with such characteristics do not expect much comfort.

Test Drive: Opel Corsa OPC & # 8212; cure for winter boredom

The Opel Corsa OPC is truly the perfect vehicle to cover the distance from point A to point B. in the shortest possible time and with maximum pleasure. In fact, the Corsa OPC's biggest lure is its owner's need to tidy up and lick it - he is convinced he is better because he gives his pet what it deserves. This may sound crazy to some, but it is probably a consequence of antidepressants, and in large quantities. And finally, the price. 24.600 euros with customs and taxes may seem too much to some, but all those who have a few drops of petrol in their veins and who see driving as an adventure know what this real little "hot pepper" can give them. And let's not forget one more thing: women love power and uncompromising, and this Opel has both.

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