The hottest Corsa OPC yet has arrived on our shores but it sure doesn’t come cheap. The new Opel Corsa Nürburgring Edition retails for R343 200 which places it in a whole new bracket compared to the standard Opel OPC but this is a little bit different and rather, well, limited. South Africa are only going to be receiving 65 of this hot little numbers which will probably make them a collector’s item. Ride height has been lowered, it will feature a new Bilstein spring and damper system and to compliment this will be fitted with a new lightweight front braking system from the braking specialists, Brembo. A very important new addition is the front axle has now been fitted with a mechanical, multi-plate limited-slip diff which drastically helps reduce wheel spin under high lateral forces. Of course the electronics have also been fiddled with to match the new configuration.
One would think that a special edition that has a race-track in it’s name will need a performance boost and you would be correct. the 141kW 1.6-litre OPC engine is increased to a healthy 154kW which is the same amount coming from the Golf 6 GTI. This makes it a very strong performer in this engine class. 0 to 100 km/h comes up in just 6.8 seconds and with a fuel efficiency of 7.6 litres per 100 km this makes it a rather attractive sporty little number. What I really like is the new apple-green exterior colour which is only available on the Nürburgring edition and in combination with the big 18″ wheels it sure does have a solid presence. Is it worth the price tag? I guess you will have to find out by taking one for a drive that is if they do not sell out in a flash. Knowing the South African market, these will be snapped up in no time!