Geneva Wrap-up: Day 2
Opel Astra OPC Extreme edition
Opel has reworked its limit-pushing hatchback, the Astra OPC, and released a version of the car it says is the most extreme incarnation yet.
Powered by a 220 kW version of the Astra’s 2,0-litre direct-injection turbocharged engine and linked to a limited slip differential and manual gearbox, the Astra OPC Extreme is set to be the most powerful road car ever produced by Opel.
The car is also some 100 kg lighter than the production OPC, due to the inclusion of carbon fibre and aluminium instead of steel for the roof and selected body panels. The car also receives an uprated Brembo braking system and Recaro buckets with six-point harnesses.
Opel says the production future of the Extreme will be determined at the Geneva Motor Show. If there is enough interest in the car, it will be put into production in limited numbers – and an equally distinguishing price tag.
Nismo Juke gets more power and handling gear
Nissan’s performance brand Nismo, has made some changes to its version of the world’s most successful compact crossover.
The Nismo Juke receives a slight bump in power, bringing its 1,6-litre turbocharged DIG engine to 160 kW and 280 Nm of torque. Nismo has also equipped the Juke with a newly tuned limited slip differential, as well as larger brakes.
Visually, the Juke RS will stand out from the Juke crowd thanks to a set of custom designed 18-inch wheels, as well as a sports exhaust system.
Possible smaller capacity turbo engine for Audi R8
After the release of Lamborghini’s Huracan, Audi has commented on its version of the supercar, the next-generation R8.
The two cars will share a lot of the underpinnings, but unlike the Huracan, the R8 will still be available with a V8 or V10 engine, and from the sound of things, perhaps even a turbocharged engine later on.
According to Audi’s technical chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, there are certain countries where a reduction in engine capacity is needed, and using a turbocharged power plant that is smaller than a V8 will be necessary to facilitate that.
At the moment Audi’s S4 and S5 convertible are fitted with supercharged engines, but because superchargers are not as efficient as turbochargers, it is unlikely that a version of this engine will find its way into the next-gen R8.
An uprated version of the firm’s five-cylinder turbocharged engine is a more likely candidate. The last incarnation of the TT-RS and RS3 both used the 250 kW engine, and would need a slight bump in power to distinguish the R8-equipped version from the RS models that currently use it.
The V8 R8 is expected to produce in the region of 330 kW, so there is a lot of room for the five-cylinder engine to grow before encroaching on the V8.
Hotter 1,0-litre EcoBoost engine fro Fiesta
Ford is planning on releasing a hotter version of its 1,0-litre EcoBoost engine, which is set to close the gap between the standard Fiesta and the ST.
This Fiesta is rumoured to produce 102 kW, which indicates a 20 kW jump over the engine’s standard tuning but still a long way off the 135 kW ST (or 145 kW in overboost).