Opel Performance Center

Opel Performance Center (OPC) is a division of the German automobile manufacturer Opel, initially set up as a subsidiary in 1997.
The main focus of OPC is the development of performance derivatives of the Opel range, such as the hot hatch Corsa OPC and Astra OPC. The OPC name is also used in some motorsport activities such as the VLN.[3] In the United Kingdom, where Opel vehicles are sold under the Vauxhall marque, the VXR name is used instead.
Former DTM racer Volker Strycek is managing director of Opel Performance Center.
Opel Performance Center
Vehicle engineering
Rüsselsheim, Germany (1997)
Rüsselsheim, Germany
Key people
Volker Strycek, Managing Director
High-performance cars
specialist body styling parts
automotive consumer goods


Opel Performance Center GmbH was established in 1997. The first OPC car was an Astra G launched in 1999.
Prior to OPC models, Opel used the Grand Sport Injection (GSi) designation in the mid 80s and the late 90s for its high-performance and hot hatch derivatives. Opel has offered many GSi models, e.g. the Manta B GSi, Kadett E GSi or Astra F GSi. The last vehicle with the GSi moniker was the Corsa C GSi, which was offered in the Opel model range until 2004. After three years, Opel decided to use the GSi moniker for the Corsa D in 2007.

OPC models

The retail versions developed by OPC are sold under the Opel brand, as special versions of the standard Opel vehicles. They are typically painted in a bright shade of blue (though other colours are available too). Their competition in Europe are, e.g. the ST versions of Ford's European range and Volkswagen's GTI and R range. In the United Kingdom, Vauxhall's versions of OPC models are badged as VXR.

Current models

  • Since 2009 Opel Insignia OPC - a version of the Opel Insignia five-door liftback, four-door saloon and five-door station wagon (Sports Tourer) which has a 2.8-liter V6 turbo engine with 239 kW (325 PS) and standard all-wheel drive.
  • Since 2012 Opel Astra J OPC - a version of the current Opel Astra GTC compact sports car which has a 2.0-liter turbo engine with 206 kW (280 PS).
  • Since 2014 Opel Corsa E OPC - a version of the Opel Corsa E three-door hatchback.
Opel Astra J OPC
Opel Insignia OPC (facelift)
Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer (facelift)

Previous models

OPC has developed the following special versions of Opel vehicles: *"1998-2004 Opel Vectra a version of the sedan and hatcback"
  • 1999–2004 Opel Astra G OPC – a version of the three-door hatchback and five-door station wagon (Caravan) Astra G which has a 2.0-litre engine with 118 kW (160 PS) and a 2.0-litre turbo engine with 147 kW (200 PS).
  • 2001–2006 Opel Zafira A OPC – a version of the Opel Zafira A compact MPV which has a 2.0-litre turbo engine with 141 kW (192 PS).
  • 2005–2011 Opel Astra H OPC – again, based on the three-door Astra, this time the three-door hatchback (GTC) version of the Astra H.
  • 2005–2010 Opel Zafira B OPC – a version of the Opel Zafira B compact MPV.
  • 2005–2008 Opel Vectra C OPC – a version of the Opel Vectra C five-door liftback (GTS) and five-door station wagon (Caravan).
  • 2006–2010 Opel Meriva A OPC – a version of the Opel Meriva mini MPV.
  • 2007–2014 Opel Corsa D OPC – a version of the Opel Corsa D three-door hatchback which has a 1.6-liter turbo engine with 141 kW (192 PS).
Opel Astra G OPC
Opel Astra G OPC Caravan
Opel Zafira A OPC
Opel Astra H OPC
Opel Zafira B OPC
Opel Vectra C OPC (facelift)
Opel Vectra C OPC Caravan (facelift)
Opel Meriva A OPC
Opel Corsa D OPC (facelift)

Concept cars

Opel Astra G OPC X-Treme Concept
Opel Astra J OPC Extreme
Over the fifteen years of existence, OPC presented the following concept cars:
  • 2001 Opel Astra Coupe OPC X-Treme – based on the DTM V8-powered version of the Opel Astra Coupe.
  • 2002 Opel Corsa OPC – a very production-ready version of the 3-door Opel Corsa C that, however, never made it to production.
  • 2003 Opel Vectra OPC – contrary to the commercial Vectra OPC, this one was based on the pre-facelift Vectra GTS and was powered with a tuned 1.9 CDTI engine.
  • 2004 Opel Astra High Performance Concept – a study version of the later 2005 Opel Astra H OPC, but painted in "power red".
  • 2014 Opel Astra J OPC EXTREME – a super sports car version of the Opel Astra J GTC.


In November 2012, Opel announced the formation of the "Astra OPC Cup" at the 2013 VLN. In racing configuration, the Astra OPC is equipped with various carbon fiber components and makes 300 horsepower and 400 Nm.


OPC's corporate tagline is "OPC. Pure Passion".

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Last updated on 28 October 2016 at 06:32.

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