Opel Astra GTC Set To Rock Mid-Size Coupé Class
as Irish Launch Date Approaches

28-Oct-2011

  • Stunning design: Sports coupé with dramatic proportions and road planted stance
  • Dramatic design starting from €22,995
  • Driver-focused chassis layout derived from Insignia OPC
  • Opel’s mid-size coupé challenger available to order from this December

December 2011 will see the arrival of the Opel Astra GTC in Opel dealerships; a sports coupé which will lay down the gauntlet to the mid-size coupé segment with a heady mix of dynamic excellence, dramatic design features and competitive pricing.

Closely based on last year’s stunning GTC Paris concept, the production Opel Astra GTC enters the Irish market priced from €22,995. But even in entry-level trim, the Astra GTC adopts the sophisticated front suspension from the Insignia OPC, featuring Opel’s HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut), combined with the clever Watt’s link rear axle for unmatched stability and handling precision.

The third body style to come off the new Astra’s Delta platform (following the Hatch and last year’s Sports Tourer), the only elements the GTC shares with its siblings are door handles and the roof aerial – even the wheelbase and tracks are different. Mark Adams, Opel’s Vice President of Design, has aimed to create a car that looks like it has been plucked from the class above, with its low, wide stance and simple, yet rakish lines.


But don’t be fooled: the GTC’s ‘straight-from-concept’ looks shroud a cabin that’s roomy and comfortable enough to accommodate four adults and their luggage. So while the GTC will appeal to Irish car enthusiasts, its practicality will ensure that it accounts for a significant portion of all Astra sales when it arrives in Ireland this December.

“The Astra GTC is the sporty member of the Opel family,” says Karl-Friedrich Stracke, Chief Executive Officer of Opel. “It has been designed and engineered in our facilities in Rüsselsheim to be a highly desirable sports coupé with invigorating driving performance while remaining affordable, roomy and flexible. We’re convinced that it will bring a breath of fresh air into the mid-size coupé segment.”

High-tech front and rear suspension

Right from the start of the Astra GTC’s development the target was to deliver a focused and driver-orientated feel to the car. As a result, significant changes were made to the front suspension, including the adoption of Opel’s HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) used on the 325PS Insignia OPC.

The HiPerStrut uses the existing attachment points from the regular Astra, and has a reduced kingpin inclination and a shorter spindle length. This reduces levels of torque-steer, improves grip – and therefore cornering power – while also enhancing steering precision and feedback.

At the rear, the GTC continues to use the compound crank with a Watt’s link that has been employed with such success on the Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer. This unique and innovative combination is far more compact and light weight than a multi-link set up, while providing excellent control and stability, as well as excellent noise insulation.

Compared with the Astra Hatch, the GTC’s ride height has been lowered by 15mm, while the wheelbase has grown by 10mm, from 2685mm to 2695mm. Both tracks are wider, too, at 1584mm (+ 40mm) front and 1588mm (+ 30mm) rear. This allows the option of larger rims (up to 20-inch), as well as improving stability.

Enhancing the GTC’s chassis still further is the option of Opel’s FlexRide adaptive damping. FlexRide automatically adapts to prevailing road surfaces and driving styles, providing drivers with fully optimised handling, even in the event of an emergency situation. In addition, FlexRide offers drivers a choice of three settings – Standard, Tour or Sport - which will change the car’s character on demand at the push of a button.

Four engine line-up, with high output unit for OPC to follow in 2012

The Astra GTC can be ordered initially with a choice of four engines – three petrol’s and one diesel, with two 1.7 CDTi engines to follow in January 2012.

With 165PS, the 2.0 CDTi is an upgraded version of the diesel that’s fitted to some models in the Insignia and Astra ranges. All engines feature six-speed transmission and Start/Stop as standard, maximising economy and performance. Delivering 380Nm of torque (including overboost function) the 2.0 CDTi engine provides excellent mid-range acceleration for the GTC, combined with a 0-100 km/h time of 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h.

That torque also allows the GTC a relaxed cruising gait, meaning a combined fuel consumption of just 4.9 litres per 100 km and C02 emissions of just 129g/km. It also gives drivers a range potential in excess of 1,100 km.

Start/Stop and a six-speed gearbox are also standard on both versions of the 1.4-litre Turbo petrol engine. With either 120PS or 140PS, the 1.4T achieves a combined fuel consumption of 5.9 litres per 100 km. With C02 emissions of only 139g/km, both 1.4-litre petrol engines are eligible for tax band B – with road tax of just €156 p.a. Despite this, each engine still delivers crisp performance with maximum torque of 200Nm delivered between 1850-4200rpm.

The most powerful engine in the range is the 1.6-litre Turbo, which produces 180PS and allows the GTC to hit a top speed of 220 km/h.

In 2012, a high output OPC model is set to wow hot-hatch enthusiasts – more news on that early next year.


Generous equipment levels in Local Offer

Standard equipment is generous no matter which GTC model customers choose. Even in entry-level Sport trim, the GTC comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, DAB stereo and USB functionality. Move up to the top-spec SRi, and buyers get as standard tinted glass, onboard computer, leather-trimmed steering wheel and fog lamps. The latest generation Bi-Xenon Advanced Forward Lighting (AFL), which offers nine separate light beams, is optional across the range.


A range of new colours and materials, bespoke to the GTC, set the car apart from others in the Astra range. Morello Red, a new premium leather trim, is also available as an option and brings with it six-way adjustable front seats.


Specification

With two luxurious trim levels to choose from, the GTC oozes excitement:

SPORT

Feature highlights include:

  • 18-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • CD 400 CD/MP3 CD player with stereo radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Aux-in
  • USB connection with iPod control
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Six airbags
  • Active-safety front seat head restraints
  • Digital Audio Broadcast stereo receiver
  • Electrically operated front windows
  • Remote control central deadlocking
  • Steering column adjustable for reach/rake
  • Front seat height adjusters
  • Remote control alarm system*


Engine availability

1.4i 16v VVT Turbo (120PS)
1.4i 16v VVT Turbo (140PS)
1.6i 16v Turbo (180PS)
1.7CDTi 16v Turbo Diesel (110PS) (From January 2012)
1.7CDTi 16v Turbo Diesel (130PS) (From January 2012)
2.0CDTi 16v Turbo Diesel (165PS)

*Optional on Sport 1.4i 16v VVT Turbo (120PS) model. Standard on all other models.

SRI

Additional features over and above Sport models:

  • Sports Front Seats in Black Imola Cloth with Black Morrocana bolsters and Silver Stitching
  • Also available in Red Imola Cloth with Black Morrocana bolsters and Red Stitching
  • Brushed Titanium effect interior trims with Piano Black inserts
  • Rain-sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Automatic lighting control
  • Front fog lights
  • Multi-function trip computer
  • Electric parking brake with Hill Start Assist
  • Front centre armrest with storage facility
  • Dual-tone horn
  • Three-spoke leather-covered steering wheel
  • Front door sill covers
  • Dark-tinted rear windows


Engine availability

1.4i 16v VVT Turbo (120PS)
1.4i 16v VVT Turbo (140PS)
1.6i 16v Turbo (180PS)
1.7CDTi 16v Turbo Diesel (110PS) (From January 2012)
1.7CDTi 16v Turbo Diesel (130PS) (From January 2012)
2.0CDTi 16v Turbo Diesel (165PS)

Pricing

The GTC range starts at €22,995 for the 120PS Sport 1.4 Turbo and extends to €30,495 for the 165PS SRi 2.0 CDTi.

Petrol Engines
Engine                    Sport                    SRi

1.4i T 120PS            €22,995               €24,995

1.4i T 140PS            €23,495               €25,495

1.4i T 140PS Auto     €26,495               €28,495

1.6i T 180PS            €25,995                €27,995


Diesel Engines

Engine                     Sport                  SRi

1.7CDTi                    €23,995              €25,995

1.7CDTi 130PS          €24,495              €26,495

2.0CDTi 165PS          €25,495              €27,495

2.0CDTi 165PS Auto   €28,495             €30,495


Four powertrains and two trim levels can be ordered from December, with further engines and high performance lines to follow in 2012.


Extended powertrain spectrum: Two new diesel engines for 2012

From January 2012, the diesel offering for the sporty compact coupé is being extended with a further two engines: both are 1.7 litre CDTI Common-Rail turbo units. They will be available as an 81 kW/110 hp or as a 96kW/130 hp version, delivering torque of 280 and 300 Nm respectively.


The Astra GTC 1.7 CDTI ecoFLEX version comes complete with a six-gear manual transmission in both performance variants. Start/Stop technology is a basic feature. This has a positive impact on carbon emissions (119 g/km) and on fuel consumption (4.5 litres/100 km).