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Opel Astra GTC. Full info.

Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2011

In April of this year Opel already showed the first photos of new three-door hatchback Astra GTC. However this time Germans have refused to inform any technical features of the car. And pictures, between us, was a little – only three pieces, and only computer sketches. And here today Opel has extended live photos of the car which will be shown general public in September in Frankfurt (sales in Europe will begin this autumn). In company Opel are assured that Astra GTC is not simply three-door hatchback. As they said, it something bigger, which will fight with Volkswagen Scirocco.

And Opel , seems to be right. Outwardly the car looks very stylishly. In the technical plan the car seriously differs from a five-door hatchback. So, Astra GTC on 15 mm below usual Astra, a wheelbase have increased by 10 mm, the track became wider also (+40 mm in front and +30 mm behind). Besides, the car will receive front suspension HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) which could be met only on charged 325-strong Opel Insignia OPC – by and large earlier, is the same McPherson, but with separate swivel members (as on Ford Focus RS) and with rigid springs. Plus, there will be mechatronic chassis FlexRide, which will receive three modes: Standard, Tour and Sport.

Versions OPC in scale of new model while aren't present – its occurrences wait in 2012. Therefore while on Astra GTC will put four engines, and a diesel engine only one – 2,0 l and 165 h.p. The most modest petrol unit will be the 1,4-liter motor which gives out 120 h.p. On a step above there will be a car with the same unit on volume, but with a turbo-supercharging – 140 h.p. Well and for fans of fast driving Opel offer 180-strong 1.6 Turbo.

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