Opel will take the covers off of the Astra GTC later this year at the Paris Motor Show. We don’t have many details at this point, but the GTC Paris will be a concept car, which will preview a production model that we will see in Geneva in 2011.
Opel says that “And the speed was pure beauty,” a line from the novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull inspired the Astra GTC Paris.
So far, Opel has only released one photo of the car, which shows the outlandish design and the GTC Paris’ logo.
Opel insiders are saying that this new model will be shapelier than anything else in the range. This means that it could rival the Volkswagen Scirocco, rather than the Golf. By looking at the photos, it appears that the GTC will be in the middle of those two, using Scirocco looks with a GTI sporty roofline.
There will likely be a 230-250 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged General Motors four-cylinder under the hood. We also expect a three-door and a five-door to be available.
We are hoping that the GTC will come to the United States as a Buick, but that is more a wild and crazy idea than anything else.
The Astra Sports Tourer will also be shown at the auto show, along with the new Meriva. Full story
The world premiere of the GTC Concept (Gran Turismo Coupé) at the 77th Geneva Motor Show gives an insight into how dynamic and refreshing Opel’s new design language will look in the future. “This concept car demonstrates the new interpretation of the Opel brand,” explains Alain Visser, Executive Director, European Opel Marketing.