By Ronan Glon
Monday, Jan 14th, 2013 @ 4:30 am
 

General Motors' troubled Opel division is preparing to launch a performance-oriented version of the Adam city car, a new report indicates. Tentatively dubbed Adam OPC, an acronym that stands for Opel Performance Center, the hot hatch will take on the Abarth 500 and the MINI Cooper S.

Power for the Adam OPC will likely come from the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is found under the hood of the larger Corsa OPC N├╝rburgring Edition. Linked to a six-speed manual transmission, the mill will reportedly send over 200 horsepower to the front set of wheels, making the Adam more powerful than its Italian and German rivals.

The hatchback's braking system will be upgraded in order to handle the bump in power, and its suspension will be lowered and stiffened to provide a more responsive ride.

Visually, the Adam OPC will be fitted with the same body kit that was introduced on the race-going Adam Cup a couple of months ago. Low profile tires mounted on large alloy wheels will come standard.

Opel might present the Adam OPC as a thinly-disguised concept car at the Geneva Motor Show next March. Like all of the German company's performance-oriented models, the hot hatch will wear a Vauxhall emblem and a VXR badge in the United Kingdom.