In 2001, Opel presented at the Geneva auto show the impressive Astra X-Treme Concept. Engineers of the Opel Perfomance Center and Opel designers, in collaboration with the ITDC (International Technical Development Center) managed to create the Astra X-Treme Concept in just 7 weeks.
The car had a carbon monocoque chassis, a double wishbone suspension front and rear, six-piston brake calipers and carbon fiber discs. Its rear spoiler, front bumper, diffuser and gull-wing doors were some of the parts that drew the most attention.
Its interior featured an Alcadara upholstery, while all the information was displayed on the screen behind the steering wheel, just like in the DTM version of the car.
The Astra X-Treme was equipped with a naturally aspirated V8, 4.0-liter engine producing 444 hp at 7,350 rpm, with 530 Nm of torque at 4800 rpm. The power was transferred to the rear axle via a serial, 6-speed transaxle gearbox. The performance of the car was notable, since it was able to reach 100 km/h from a standstill in approximately 4 seconds with its top speed reaching 330 km/h.
Despite the big demand from wealthy clients of Opel, the German company didn’t send the car in production. According to rumors, there were even plans for a limited production, with each car to be sold at about $300,000.