Wednesday, June 8, 2011

IAA 2011: Opel Astra GTC as the world premiere of

Opel shows at this year's International Motor Show in Frankfurt next to the Ampera and Zafira touring the world premiere of the three-door Astra GTC. The Astra GTC is impressive for its dynamic and emotional design. Eye puncture the sculptured surfaces with clear light, and sweeping lines. The GTC is the variant that exploits the design and driving dynamics potential of the Astra model range in full.

Opel GTC expects a share of 15 to 20 percent of the sales of this series. The new Astra GTC by the Opel GTC Concept Paris inspired the last October was seen at the Paris Motor Show. Here, the compact five-seater coupe, with its athletic proportions maintains an independent appearance - except for the housing of the rearview mirror and the antenna does not correspond to a body part that of another Astra model.

Six of the seven available rim sizes of 17 inches to 20 inches are subject to the GTC. In side view, there are only three light edges that create tension and define the silhouette. The first is the typical Opel crescent that runs through ever so slightly in a gentle arc of half the height of the door to just above the sill to the rear.

The second prominent lateral line includes the door handle to durchzustrecken then backwards. The third, glossy black line finally characterized first by the sporty roofline. Then she points within the obliquely running straight down the window frame built on the roof spoiler. The dominant feature of the clear view with the characteristic Opel crease on the hood is the look of the eagle eye headlights, which are characterized by the daytime running lights in wing shape.

The rear emphasizes the rich street location of the compact sports car. In addition, stretching from the C-column of a line around the optical fully-integrated rear spoiler that can finish off the roof in harmony. The standard version of "innovation" led to stress the wing motif in the tail lights.

The standard sports suspension of the Astra GTC has one front in an exclusive high-tech design. Compared to the five-door Astra sedan in the GTC is lower by 10 to 15 millimeters, while the remaining figures of the landing gear was slightly increased. Because of the enlarged rear suspension arm, the wheelbase lengthened by 10 to 2695 mm.

Moreover, the gauge is compared to saloon and Sports Tourer at the front and rear 40 millimeters wide by 30 millimeters. All Astra GTC versions - regardless of engine and trim level - now have a suspension component that is normally reserved for high-performance sports car: the front suspension HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut = high-shock).

Compared to standard McPherson design of the Astra, the engineers have reduced the spread and reduce the uprights. It also reduced the fall HiPerStrut loss, so that can raise the larger-sized tires. The suspension architecture of the Astra GTC is perfectly suited to the integration of intelligent, adaptive system designed Flex-Ride.

The mechatronic chassis automatically adjusts to road conditions, cornering speed, vehicle movements and to the individual driving style and combines an increased stability with improved cornering and more direct steering response. To drive five aggregates are available. A turbo diesel and four petrol engines.

The strengthened 2.0 CDTI common-rail turbo-diesel develops 121 kW/165 hp and maximum torque is 350 Nm (380 Nm with overboost function) on to a six-speed manual transmission. Thus the compact sports car accelerates in 8.9 seconds to 100, the maximum speed is 210 km / h. The Opel Start / Stop system, which demonstrates its greatest potential for savings in urban stop-and-go traffic, is also on board.

Thus, the average fuel consumption is 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 129 grams per kilometer. With 56 liters of diesel in the tank, the Astra GTC is therefore more than 1100 kilometers. Start / Stop is also in the three 1.4-liter petrol engine series.

The 74 kW/100 hp entry-aspirated engine with a manual five-speed manual transmission is satisfied with 5.5 liters per 100 kilometers and emits 129 g / km CO2. The two turbo petrol engine with six-speed manual transmission are available in wattages of 88 kW/120 hp and 103 kW/140 hp. Both deliver 200 Nm of torque 1850-4200 min-1 (88kW) or 4900 min-1 (103 kW) and require 5.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, according to 139 g / km CO2.

Leading the way is the current strong portfolio of the 132 kW/180 hp 1.6 turbo engine, also with a manual six-speed transmission. It accelerates the GTC to 220 km / h maximum. Available as standard equipment element of the sports version, the AFL Adaptive Forward Lighting + the new generation Astra GTC is the first time used.

The new safety light system is also equipped with the Intelligent headlamp adjustment ILR (Intelligent Light Ranging). This uses the front camera to measure the distance to the vehicle ahead and the pattern of the low beam because adapt. Opel's front camera, sold separately for the two trim levels GTC-Edition and innovation, profits in the second generation of enhancements and extended functionality.

The traffic sign recognition identifies more characters than before, referring additional information from the navigation system. The Astra GTC also has a flexible trunk with a cargo capacity of 370 up to 1235 liters. The storage space in the cockpit was increased by 50 percent over the previous-GTC.

The Astra GTC is designed in the International Technical Development Center (ITDC) in Rüsselsheim Opel designs, manufactures, the model is the future in Gliwice, Poland (Gliwice). From the 7th June 2011, the Astra GTC is first order in five engines and two trim levels. Prices range between 19 900 Euro (Astra GTC Edition 1.4 74 kW/100 hp) and 27 855 € (Astra GTC 2.0 CDTI Innovation 121 kW/165 hp).

Those who, by 1 November 2011 decided to appoint the new Astra GTC, the rear Park Pilot to get no-cost and thus has a price advantage of 380, - €. Alternatively, Opel for the first thousand customers a "Performance GTC-Day" on the Opel proving ground in Dudenhofen.

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