Opel is the first ever automaker to use an iPhone to display preselected data from the CAN bus (Controller Area Network) for further analysis. All the electronic control units in the vehicle are connected via the CAN bus, or its central system. To get access to CAN bus data, all that Apple smartphone users have to do is to download the OPC PowerApp an application or App from the AppStore for only 0.79 euro.
The application will make its global debut in the Astra OPC with its 206 kW/280 hp output, the sporty leader of Opel’s compact car lineup. The CAN-bus gathers the signals from the various vehicle areas. To date, just highly specialized workshops could access these data by using specialist software. But now, Opel is giving the OPC PowerApp to owners so that they get the chance to get selected, performance-related data.
But even after the car is turned off, the OPC PowerApp can still offer up to 60 different data, such as engine boost pressure, throttle position, lateral acceleration or engine torque. These are easily available in real-time on the iPhone but may also be stored to be looked at later.
For example, racing fans will appreciate its lap-time recorder connected to GPS data. After getting on the Nürburgring track, owners could study and improve their performances on the Nordschleife stretch. Among the factors to be analyzed are the braking points, section speeds, and G-forces inside specific bends.
In addition to the sculpted shapes, the combination of the striking proportions plus the precise accents ensures that the Astra GTC is able to best represent the design language of the brand. Compared to the three-door variants of the current compact hatches, Opel said that the GTC is slated to be a standalone model in the range. It will also be the ultimate Astra when it comes to driving dynamics and design.
In terms of design, the only similarity this model has with the Astra is the rod antenna and the rearview mirror housing on the exterior. Meanwhile a total seven wheel designs will be offered, varying between 17 inches up to 20 inches, with six of them having features that are exclusive to the GTC. Opel revealed as well that all Astra GTC models will be able to take advantage of what a premium front axle configuration, having the High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut), can offer.
Combined with the brand’s very own trademarked Watt's link rear axle, it results in the Astra GTC allowing for the sharpest of driving precision while being able to deliver stability that is clearly unparalleled. There are also a number of innovations fitted in this model like the different driver assistance system.
Examples include the second generation of the Opel Eye front camera with its functionality expanded and the fourth generation of the Bi-Xenon Advanced Forward Lighting or AFL+. An exclusive feature for the new Astra GTC though is its panoramic windscreen. While it originally made a successful debut back in 2006 under the previous generation of the Astra GTC, the brand disclosed that its engineering team managed to get a total of 11 patents filed when it was developed.
The windscreen begins from the hood and then goes effortlessly to the roof and all the way to the B-pillar. Given that there is no cross-member to block the view, it offers a unique experience for both the driver and the passengers. In addition, it also gives a different feel of visibility and space considering that the field of vision is almost unlimited, much like one would experience in the cockpit of a plane.