It was onlt a year ago that we saw the Opel GTC Paris Concept car, but the company is ready with the production version, the Astra GTC. This model will be offered in both 3- and 5-door versions and will make its world debut in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The funny part about a debut in September is that full details, including pricing, technology, equipment, and powertrains for the vehicle, will be revealed on June 7th, around the same time Opel will begin taking orders for the car.
As of right now, the only details we have are that the production GTC will feature a 3-door body with dramatic proportions, yet will be capable of carrying five adults. It will feature the very best of Opel’s latest technology, as well as unique chassis features. No details have been revealed about the engine, but the concept featured a 2.0 liter Turbo with direct injection fitted with Start/Stop technology and a six-speed manual gearbox.
UPDATE 06/07/11: This review has been updated with full specs and details. Hit ’em up after the jump for the full scoop.
Exterior and Interior
Talking about an improvement over the concept version that we saw at the Paris Motor Show last year, the Opel Astra GTC features a more aggressive and athletic profile, one that owes its new digs to an improved design language. The roofline is particularly impressive, as is the new floodlights that wasn’t in the concept version.
Opel also made some noticeable changes compared to its five-door counterpart, one that includes a lower ride height of 15 mm, a longer wheelbase - 2,685 mm to 2,695 mm - and a wider front end - 1,544 mm to 1,584 mm - an rear end - 1,538 mm to 1,588 mm. The chassis is also different with the inclusion of the HiPerStrut set-up replacing the McPherson suspension with an added option of including the FlexRide chassis control system.
According to Opel, the Astra GTC is now being offered in four different powertrain options with more in the way, possibly when the Frankfurt Motor Show rolls around in September. For now, customers can choose a 2.0-liter CDTI common-rail turbo diesel engine that produces 165 horsepower and 280 lb/ft of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission and fitted with a diesel particulate filter and a new Start/Stop system. This engine option hits 0-62 mph in 8.9 seconds with a top speed of 131 mph and a fuel consumption of 48 mpg.
There’s also a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes available with a choice output of either 120 horsepower and 140 horsepower. Finally, the most powerful engine on the line-up is a 1.6-liter turbocharged gas engine with 180 horsepower mated to a six-speed manual transmission with a top speed of 137 mph.
The prices for the new Opel Astra GTC varies depending on the trim or engine option. Check out the price list below and see which one of these bad boys you’ll want to buy in the future.
| Trim || Engine || Output || Price || US$ Conversion |
| Sport || 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder || 120 horsepower || £18,495 || $30,410 |
| Sport || 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder || 140 horsepower || £19,180 || $31,537 |
| Sport || 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder || 180 horsepower || £20,115 || $33,070 |
| Sport || 2.0-liter CDTI turbo diesel || 165 horsepower || £21,165 || $34,800 |
| SRI || 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder || 120 horsepower || £19,945 || $32,800 |
| SRI || 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder || 140 horsepower || £20,345 || $33,450 |
| SRI || 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder || 180 horsepower || £21,380 || $35,150 |
| SRI || 2.0-liter CDTI turbo diesel || 165 horsepower || £22,340 || $36,720 |
With the release of the Astra GTC, Opel is positioning itself to take on the Volkswagen Scirocco. The VW sports hatch is a car that fits right in against the Astra GTC with its 1.4-liter TSI engine that produces 122 horsepower and 147 lb/ft of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission, an acceleration time from 0-62 mph in 9.7 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph.
Choosing one over the other, it would’ve been an easy choice to go for the Scirocco, but considering the impressive design of the new Astra GTC, the choice is a lot more difficult than it seems.
Even the price - £18,860 ($30,100) for the Scirocco - is just a little cheaper than the Astra GTC, making it very difficult on choosing which pickle we prefer.
In the end, the allure of the Astra GTC is proving to be a little difficult to pass up so we’ll give it the edge over the Scirocco by a few fingertips.
Love the sportier look
Plenty of powertrain options
Price is reasonable
Could have been more powerful
It’s coming out all over Europe, but US is still under consideration
Plenty of other options