According to the English automotive journal, AutoCar, the German GM car builder is preparing a sport hatch version of the popular Opel Astra, a sort of VXR version. No matter what badge it wears, the hot hatch should make an auto show debut sometime in 2011. The vehicle’s head designer, Malcolm Ward said that the factory hot rod “will be a very dramatic execution and very, very close to the sketch. Think about the current three door then think about where the new car will go."

The designer’s hope is to take advantage of improving the car’s aerodynamics and take full advantage of the added benefits. A lower coefficient of drag means that the VXR can use the power it is already creating to the fullest. With less resistance pushing the Opel through the air at high speeds, this VXR will accelerate faster and get better gas mileage than a brick shaped version.

The new model will feature a chopped roofline and have a much lower Cd. than any previous VXR. The front bumper has been angled to push air past the turbulent wheels and down the sides of the car. The design team included some very attractive sculpted areas surrounding the rear lights. The modeling is supposed to reduce the high pressure area that gathers behind the hatchback, cutting drag. The aerodynamicists should know, the design was perfected over 600 hours of wind tunnel testing. This kind of 21st century thinking is already transforming the shape of cars, at least Opel want to do it with some style.


Source: AutoCar

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  (798) posted on 03.11.2010

Lovely future hatchback, i hope this would be the next astra sports hatch, it’s quite beautiful and simple but it has the killer looks for a hatchback.

  (318) posted on 07.9.2009

Another fact, I think that the company is clearly looking to “differentiate the Sport Hatch from the five-door.” Until official details about the car will be made public, speculations will continue to flood the media. But that is exactly what Opel intended, to maintain a high level of interest for their upcoming Astra model, while teasing the market with a glimpse of the 2011 model to test its public reception.

  (314) posted on 07.9.2009

I guess, this model will feature a raffish look, with a special attention being directed towards the cars aerodynamics. Allegations were already made about the fact that Opel have neglected aerodynamics so far, so it seems now they are looking to test the 2011 model in the air tunnel to improve the car’s efficiency.

  (421) posted on 07.9.2009

This must be very exciting—to see a sports hatch getting a cut roofline would be very interesting. The only questrion is will it use a rag top of a hard one? Well, let us leave it to the Opel team and hopefully this can even match us with the version that volvo lauched recently

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