Test Opel Corsa OPC, sporty and fun

Test Opel Corsa OPC

This week we tried the Opel Corsa OPC, a most interesting vehicle. Because if we talk about the normal Opel Corsa, it must be said that it is one of the 'heavyweights' of segment B. The German utility vehicle has been at the foot of the canyon since 1982 and throughout its five generations It has managed to sell more than 12 million units. It is also a model that is produced in the Figueruelas factory (Zaragoza), gaining prominence in our country.

But the acronyms Vauxhall Performance Center of our unity make it something different. The Corsa OPC did not appear until the 2000s, since previously the most powerful versions they were the well-known GSi that also marked an entire generation. The first was the Corsa OPC Concept, a prototype that was based on the third generation and that would serve as a preview of the production model.

With the fourth generation, in 2007, the Opel Corsa OPC was already put on sale. The sportiest version to date came with a 1.6 hp 192-liter turbo engine of power A little later, with the restyling in 2011, the special edition would arrive Nurburgring Edition. It would be even more radical thanks to a series of improvements and the increase in power to 210 hp. And now we find the fifth generation Corsa OPC, which claims to be more advanced than its predecessors.

sports aesthetics

Test Opel Corsa OPC

The Opel Corsa OPC since its launch is only offered with three-door body. It will be easily distinguishable from the normal model thanks to a bold and sporty design. The front is somewhat more radical thanks to a new wider bumper and with larger air inlets. The fog lights disappear from that area and a new one will be added. air intake located between the bonnet and the bumper.

On the side we can also highlight several elements. We start at inch wheels 18 that our test unit carries and that correspond to the Performance Pack (2.507 euros) which we will talk about later. Inside we will see some striking brake calipers signed by Brembo. The side skirts are quite prominent, nothing to do with those of the normal Corsa. Yes, that triangular shape of the rear window is maintained.

Test Opel Corsa OPC

The rear will also attract the attention of many thanks to its sportiness, which begins with the rear spoiler located on the roof. The rear window and taillights remain, but the lower part changes considerably. The bumper is widened and a new rear diffuser in black. Integrated in it, we will be able to see the two exhaust outlets circular and chrome, located in a fairly central position.

correct habitability

Test Opel Corsa OPC

As we said, the Opel Corsa OPC is a three-door and that will mean that will enjoy less habitability than the five-door. In any case, in a sports version like this, it is not a primary value and even so, it is placed in a good position against its rivals. The front seats will be the strong point, two Recaro sports seats will offer spaciousness and comfort at all levels, as well as outstanding support. Despite being bucket seats, can be adjusted manually.

Hen/Stag rear seats will be much fairer, as usually happens in most B-segment models. Despite the generous size of the doors, access is somewhat complicated by having to move the heavy seats (which do not return to their initial position). The squares on the sides are well contoured and will be comfortable for two adults, with adequate space for legs and head. The central square is shapeless and will be more awkward, so it is it is more advisable to travel 4 passengers than 5.

Test Opel Corsa OPC

The trunk neither stands out nor clashes with its 285 liters, same capacity as the rest of Opel Corsa. It is situated in the middle of the segment and stands out for its usable forms, although the negative part will be a fairly high load mouth. The rear seats can be folded down in two parts and in this way the capacity is increased up to 1.090 liters.

technological interior

Test Opel Corsa OPC

The fifth generation of the Opel Corsa stood out for having considerably improved its technological endowment. The OPC will benefit from all this and will also have some distinctive elements. We cannot ignore the Recaro sports seats that we talked about before and that they will give a special aura to the car. We also found a sports steering wheel lined with perforated leather, which has a most pleasant width and touch.

Although removing seats and steering wheel, there will be few more elements that tell us that we are in the sportiest version of the range. The acronym OPC can be found on the rev counter, gear knob, mats and door sills; but it seems to us that still somewhat sober. Luckily, our feet will be able to play with some aluminum sports pedals.

Test Opel Corsa OPC

Behind the wheel we will have a 3,5 inch LCD screen that will give us the instrumentation data as in the rest of Opel Corsa. Although IntelliLink multimedia system will focus on 7 inch touch screen located in the center console. The operation is correct, although its position is quite low forcing us to look away from the road too much. oh! And we will not have a browser.

It is one of the things that we already miss in the normal Corsa and that leaves us two options. On the one hand, download the BrinGo application or connect our smartphone through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. If you are worried about spending data on your mobile rate, don't worry, this copy comes with Wi-Fi for up to seven integrated devices. One of the advantages of having the Opel OnStar assistant among its standard equipment.

To finish with the interior, it must be said that the Corsa OPC presents a pretty good quality and above its predecessor. The materials have improved considerably and the leather now appears in some areas that we have mentioned before. The center console features a Piano Black trim which is elegant but somewhat dirty. The catch could be the interior door plastics, harder and less pleasant to the touch than others such as the one on the dashboard.

1.6 Turbo and 207 hp

Test Opel Corsa OPC

In the mechanical section, the Opel Corsa OPC presents the engine with the largest displacement of the utility range. It's about a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with the same features as the previous generation, but has been completely renovated. Now delivers a power of 207 hp and 245 Nm of torque between 1.900 and 5.800 rpm, and is necessarily linked to a six-speed gearbox. They will be more than enough to have a good time aboard the little specimen.

The performance is up to par and the Corsa OPC accelerates 0 to 100 km / h in 6,8 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 230 km/h. In terms of consumption and emissions, homologates 7,5 l/100km and 174 g/km of CO2. As the manufacturer tells us, we will have to give him 98 octane gasoline to drink. Of course it is a front-wheel drive, the same formula they use some of his rivals as is the case of Ford Fiesta ST, Peugeot 208 GTi or SEAT Ibiza Cupra.


Test Opel Corsa OPC

From the first moment you realize that riding the Corsa OPC it's something fun. This type of car is the toy that every adult should have in their garage. In fact, his ease of driving It will make driving hassle-free in most situations. The motor stands out for its balance and range of use. Despite being a gasoline with a sporty character, it will come out well from low revs and will leave us glued to the seat.

Climb laps at lightning speed and the 6.500 lap line, where the cutoff is located, will seem very fast. With our senses working at full capacity, we realize that we already have our hand on the gear lever. engaging the next gear. A change, by the way, perfect for the approach that the Corsa OPC has. With a enviable precision and short travel that make it an effective ally.

Test Opel Corsa OPC

In addition our Opel Corsa OPC wear the Performance Pack and that translates into more exclusive equipment that will improve behavior. The main element to be highlighted is the mechanical limited slip differential signed by Drexler that will help us not to find loss of traction. We like the behavior with this system, but we will have to pay attention if we are not used to it.

Being a front-wheel drive with enough power, if we come out of a curve pressing hard we will have to hold on tight to the wheel. The work of the self-locking will cause some inaccuracies to appear in the direction. We have noticed that leaving a curve tends to push us out and even if we push hard on the straight in a low gear, some movements can appear that do not inspire too much confidence. It's all about learning and we soon get used to their reactions.

Effective as few

Test Opel Corsa OPC

Something that cannot be blamed on the Opel Corsa OPC is the effectiveness that it presents. Despite the behavior of the limited-slip we have to admit that its cornering is very fast. It is a car weighing less than 1.300 kg with quite good poise and that invites you to go faster and faster. It is therefore an agile vehicle with which you will be forced to go to your favorite stretch of curves for your enjoyment.

There another of the outstanding elements will come to light and that was included in the aforementioned Performance Pack. The Brembo braking system It will help us control this little beast. They come with some 330mm front discs (previously 308 mm) that will be bitten by four-piston calipers. Its behavior and pedal feel are very good, easily dosable and without finding symptoms of fatigue despite intensive use.

Test Opel Corsa OPC

As if that were not enough, it also includes some Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Despite its low profile and 18 inches, it grips the asphalt like damned. The suspension will have a firmer feel and sporty this time thanks to the Koni shock absorbers. It is partly to blame for its effectiveness, but it must also be said that it will be somewhat uncomfortable in the city. In territory of speed bumps and irregularities we notice it somewhat dry and our back will suffer.

The address has little to do with that of a normal Corsa. It gives us a lot more, although perhaps we could ask for an extra point of sportsmanship. There will be times that we notice it somewhat soft for the concept that is sought, although this will have advantages especially when parking or maneuvering in the city. We ended up doing a review of consumption of the Corsa OPC. On the motorway and at 100 km/h it will be easy to be between 6-7 liters, according to what is approved. However, in the mountain sections where we have enjoyed it, consumption will grow quite a bit, obtaining means closer to 10 litres.


Test Opel Corsa OPC

The Opel Corsa OPC is a sport cut utility which is positioned as a good option for GTi lovers. At first glance it will stand out for its daring aesthetic, which manages to differentiate itself from the series model thanks to elements such as the 18-inch wheels or the rear spoiler. The same will happen inside, where sports seats stand out signed by Recaro, which stand out for their comfort and grip.

It maintains the same 1.6 Turbo engine that its predecessor had. Although it comes improved and with a power of 207 hp and 245 Nm. It will be enough to amuse everyone who rides it, as it is easy to drive. It is very effective and has a quick cornering. The Performance Pack of our unit with the limited-slip differential or the Brembo brakes will be recommended for those who want to get the most out of to this vehicle.

Equipment Opel Corsa OPC

Test Opel Corsa OPC

  • 17-inch wheels
  • bi-xenon headlights
  • Electric mirrors and windows
  • Heated multifunction steering wheel
  • Cruise control and speed limiter
  • Recaro sports seats
  • mixed upholstery
  • Air Conditioning
  • CD MP3 radio with Bluetooth and USB port
  • Vauxhall OnStar system
  • Specific mats

OPC Performance Pack

  • 18-inch OPC rims
  • Brembo 330mm front brakes
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires
  • Sports suspension with Koni shock absorbers
  • Drexler Mechanical Locking Differential

Opel Corsa OPC price

Motor Change Finished Price
Motor Change Finished Price
1.6 Turbo 207 HP manual 6v OPC €20.009 (with discounts)

Editor's opinion

Opel Corsa OPC
  • Editor's rating
  • 4.5 star rating
20.009 a 20.009
  • 80%

  • Opel Corsa OPC
  • Review of:
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  • Exterior design
    Publisher: 85%
  • interior design
    Publisher: 80%
  • front seats
    Publisher: 90%
  • rear seats
    Publisher: 75%
  • Trunk
    Publisher: 75%
  • Spring Suspension
    Publisher: 85%
  • Consumption
    Publisher: 65%
  • Comfort
    Publisher: 75%
  • Price
    Publisher: 70%


  • Sporty and differentiated aesthetics
  • Recaro sports seats
  • Dynamic behavior and performance


  • No browser
  • Access to rear seats
  • Management a bit nervous

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  1.   Adrian said

    They told me at Opel that you can't put the parking pack on it corsa e opc, do you know anything about that?

  2.   Luis Maria Gonzalez Caballero said

    Mario I don't see an answer to Adrián's question and I'm interested in knowing if you know anything.