Chris_Doane

GM @ SEMA: Saturn Astra Tuner Concept

31 posts in this topic

GM @ SEMA
Saturn Astra Tuner Concept
For release: Oct. 29, 2007, 12:01 a.m. EDT

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

With its lean, taught bodywork stretched over a long wheelbase and wide track, the all-new Saturn Astra has an undeniably sporty stance. Fortunately, its European-inspired driving dynamics and energetic 1.8L Ecotec engine back up those aggressive good looks with commensurate performance, making the Astra prime material for all-out tuner treatment. Saturn got the ball rolling at SEMA with the Astra Tuner, a concept vehicle that applies some of the latest bolt-on performance and appearance components to show what’s possible with this all-new compact. The Astra Tuner is based on a production XR three-door and features approximately 20 more horsepower and a lowered ride height. Numerous exterior enhancements – including 19-inch wheels –give the car a racier look. It may be the first, but this unique Saturn certainly won’t be the last personalized Astra.

Vehicle highlights:
• Astra XR three-door
• 1.8L Ecotec DOHC four-cylinder with approximately 160 horsepower, via exhaust header, cold-air intake and modified throttle body
• Five-speed manual transmission
• Lowered ride height
New front and rear fascia extensions
• New grille surround finish
• Tinted headlamps, taillamps and windows
• Rear center-outlet exhaust
• Production side moldings deleted
• High-performance Recaro seats
• Unique interior trim
• Unique sill plates and parking brake handle

GM Accessories (production and concept)
• OPC 19-inch wheels (concept)
• OPC rockers (concept)
OPC rear spoiler
• GMA pedals (part number 93183691)
• Blaupunkt sound system
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm a bit underwhelmed. It's well done (aside from questionable seat fabrics), but where all the other concepts are over the top, this one is barely warmed up. It's nice, but not "woweee!"

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's supposed to have a lowered ride height? I sure as hell don't see it.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hands down, that has to be the worst Astra I've ever seem.

IT screams "rice" and " what the hell is it?!" at the same time...

I wondering if they were pretending it was a Civic.... :scratchchin:

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I actually like this. I can see the Astra winning over compact tuners. I think GM finally got it right with Astra. The tuner crowd is a large legitimate market after all, and GM doesn't have a lot of presence in that arena. It's good for GM to finally have a compact car that can fit the part. It's also under the correct brand for the job! Bravo GM!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

• 1.8L Ecotec DOHC four-cylinder with approximately 160 horsepower

Lame.

Wonder if the HHR SS motor would fit in there?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice raid on the OPC and SRi( groundFx) parts bins , too bad they forgot the HP . 160 is weaksauce batman . The color is sweet , the seat fabric however... is certainly not .

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Could this be a preview of an ASTRA Redline? The body mods are low-key, thankfully. The interior is nasty.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lame.

Wonder if the HHR SS motor would fit in there?

Opel Astra GTC does that job in Europe since 2005.

Those seats are horrible. Exterior is fantabulous yet simple. I hope this car does not end up being a rice mobile.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Opel Astra GTC does that job in Europe since 2005.

Those seats are horrible. Exterior is fantabulous yet simple. I hope this car does not end up being a rice mobile.

160hp? Thats not SRi Turbo horsepower! Still, nice effort but I would've thought the OPC parts bin has a lot more to offer them. It SHOULD'VE been a VXR/OPC for chrissakes!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

looks like they had pierre cardin do the seets up like the old amc javelins from the 70's

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

160hp? Thats not SRi Turbo horsepower! Still, nice effort but I would've thought the OPC parts bin has a lot more to offer them. It SHOULD'VE been a VXR/OPC for chrissakes!

We were talking about the 2.0DI turbo which is going to be in the HHR SS and is the same mill in the GTC.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It SHOULD'VE been a VXR/OPC for chrissakes!

Maybe u meant to word it like that on purpose ? ...if not , OPC and VXr are the same thing . OPC goes to Opel in England and VXR is Vauxhall in the UK and Holden in AU .

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Who cares what engine it has? It's just a concept, though some of the features could probably become accessories. Regardless, it doesn't matter whether this particular vehicle has the LNF or has no engine at all since it's a concept.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It should have 16 cylinders. :ninja:

Those seats are rather disgusting...but the exterior is, as I said superb.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hmmm... isn't that the same brick wall used in the newest Camaro pics? GM Photography and Photoshop shouldn't mix :lol:

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks fantastic, with the exception of the seats.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Who cares what engine it has? It's just a concept, though some of the features could probably become accessories. Regardless, it doesn't matter whether this particular vehicle has the LNF or has no engine at all since it's a concept.

Good chance it's not so much a concept though. Aside from the cat puke seats of course.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Still can't stand how high it sets off the ground

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good chance it's not so much a concept though. Aside from the cat puke seats of course.

Still, that doesn't necessarily mean that if produced, it's going to have this same engine. There's nothing preventing them from putting the 2.0 turbo in aside from getting it approved in the vehicle. Just because the concept has the 1.8 doesn't mean the production version has to. That's what I was getting at.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks great, how about making this the XR model. Now where's the Red Line concept? I'm thinking 260 hp Turbo 2.0? Anyone else with me on that?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

Guest
You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
Reply to this topic...

×   You have pasted content with formatting.   Remove formatting

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor