News of March 07, 2001
AutoWeek Award for Opel Astra Coupé OPC X-TREME
"Most Fun" Car of Geneva Motor Show
Opel Astra Coupé OPC X-TREME
Photo: Automotive Intelligence
Geneva/Rüsselsheim - The Opel Astra Coupé OPC X-TREME was named "Most Fun" car of the 71st International Motor Show in Geneva. The award, presented by the American car magazine, AutoWeek, was handed over to Opel's Director of Design, Hans Seer, by AutoWeek chief editor Dutch Mandel.
AutoWeek praised the Opel concept as a car designed "to capture the imagination of those passionate about things automotive." The road-going two-seater is based on the Astra Coupé V8 racing car that has been successfully competing in the German Touring Car Masters (DTM). With its 4.0-liter V8 engine, rear-wheel drive and a sequential, six-speed transaxle gearbox, the engineers at OPC (Opel Performance Center) have carried over the thoroughbred racing technology of the DTM car for the concept vehicle. The powerplant provides the stunning red concept car with 326 kW/440 hp and maximum torque of 530 Nm, taking it to a top speed of over 300 km/h.
Among the most eye-catching features of the Astra Coupé OPC X-TREME are its gull-wing doors which, supported by gas-filled struts, swing gently upwards. It features specially developed 20-inch tires (265/30 ZR 20 at the front and 305/25 R 20 at the rear). The concept not only proves its suitability for the road, it also demonstrates the synergies that are possible between motor racing and series production.
For more than a decade, the AutoWeek Editors' Choice Awards have recognized outstanding vehicles at major auto shows around the world. The Detroit-based publication, with a circulation of 340,000, is one of America's leading magazines for automotive enthusiasts.
(March 1, 2001)