Opel/Vauxhall unveiled today the all-new 2012 Astra GTC OPC, the most powerful Astra ever. Set to go on sale in summer 2012, the new OPC variant of the Astra GTC will be powered by a 2.0-liter direct injection turbo gasoline engine delivering 206 kW/280 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm. This engine will make the vehicle the fastest Astra, with a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h.
We do admit that the power delivered by the engine is too much for the front wheels as the current version of the Astra GTC OPC is not very stable.
But, according to Opel, it seems that the whole chassis of the sports car is designed to deliver power, without comprise and it was tested and polished on the Northern Loop (“Nordschleife”) of the Nürburgring race track in Germany under the supervision of the Opel brand ambassador Joachim (“Jockel”) Winkelhock. Moreover, the car features the high tech front-wheel suspension, HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut), but also the fully-adaptive FlexRide chassis control system.
This system lets the driver sharpen the characteristic shock absorber line, the steering and the gas pedal responsiveness by pressing one of the two buttons, the “Sport” and “OPC”.
What is more interesting is that the car has been fitted with a limited slip differential on the front axle in order to gain limited slip differential on the front axle even in wet conditions.
There are customers that want a vehicle that comes with a high degree of utility good for daily use but they still need to have both emotion and passion. These are both observed in the new Opel Astra GTC with the striking sleek appearance that is the heart of the company’s design language. Its interior is classy yet sporty and offers ample space.
Compared to those in the same class, the Astra GTC has greater loading capacity, which is at 1.165 liters. While most coupés generally look like the hatchback version of a sedan, the Astra GTC is different as it is a standalone car even within the company’s product range. Design-wise, this new model has the sharpest appearance for an Astra and is clearly what one expects from a coupe, given that it is indeed highly effective especially in daily situations.
With the exception of the aerial and the rear mirror, no other part of the Astra GTC was taken from other Astra versions. For the Astra GTC, the Opel gave the design team the task of making sure that this model would be the most dynamic expression of the company’s mission statement, which is all about German precision meeting sculptural artistry.
The result is a car that is as sturdy as a wild cat and has the appearance of crouching on the street preparing to leap. Even with this, the Astra GTC remains to be playful and gentle. The outline of its silhouette is defined by three lines which also help create tension. The first is a crisp and fine line that starts from the front door and goes downward to the bottom part of the fender in the rear and helps energize the body side.
Meanwhile the second line covers the door handle and then goes toward the rear which helps highlight its dramatic stance. It does this by spreading to the surfaces, resulting in a broad shoulder and fine undercut.
Finally the third line follows the sporty and clean silhouette on the roof. Opel/Vauxhall Vice President for Design Mark Adams shares that the Astra GTC is an example of the company’s passion when it comes to cars. This is the company’s most emotional model so far, he adds, and does not compromise the functionality with the emotional aspect.
Meanwhile Malcolm Ward, Opel Exterior Design Director, reveals that the new design language of the company is to reduce everything to its maximum and the Astra GTC remains to be the most radical version of this. In general, he continues, the company wanted an attractive vehicle composed mainly of few significant dynamic lines.