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Opel to Reveal Astra GTC Sport Hatch Concept at Paris Motor Show

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Opel to Reveal Astra GTC Sport Hatch Concept at Paris Motor Show


General Motors' Opel division will reveal a concept version of the upcoming Astra GTC three-door sport hatch at next month's Paris Motor Show. Appropriately named "GTC Paris", the study will give us a taste of the production model that's planned to arrive in European showrooms during the first half of 2011.

The teaser you see pictured above is from the concept model's seats which are laser-etched with the phrase "And the speed was pure beauty" from Richard Bach's novel, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

No other details were provided, but there's a good chance the study may preview the range-topping OPC version fitted with a 240HP+ turbo engine and designed to rival both the VW Golf GTI and Scirocco.

If you want to get an idea of what the GTC Paris concept will look like, all you have to do is check out the spy shots and videos of the prototype test cars. The scoop material reveal a sporty looking hatch with a lower, almost coupe-like roofline and a sharper profile than the five-door model thanks to details such as the pronounced crease above the rear wheelarches.

The GTC concept will be joined in Paris by the Astra Sports Tourer, which will have its first public outing, as well as the new Meriva, with an expanded diesel range and new entries in the German firm's ecoFLEX line-up.



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By Andrew Ganz

Opel will take the wraps off of a show car version of its range-topping Astra GTC later this year at the Paris Motor Show. Although few details are known at this point, the GTC Paris will technically be a concept car previewing a production model that will likely formally debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011.

Opel says that “And the speed was pure beauty,” a line from the novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull inspired the Astra GTC Paris.

For now, Opel has only released a photo showing the GTC Paris’ logo superimposed over Alcantara suede-style trim, as well as a rather outlandish sketch of the show car.

What we know

At this point, little is known about the production Astra GTC. Opel insiders have suggested that the car will be considerably more shapely than any other offering in the Astra lineup, meaning it could more closely rival Volkswagen’s svelte Scirocco rather than its GTI hot hatch. The Astra will likely bridge the gap between the two by offering more usable proportions than the Scirocco but a lower and sportier roofline than the GTI.

Look for somewhere in the neighborhood of 240-250 horsepower coming from General Motors’ latest 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Both three and five-door variants are expected.

The Astra GTC could come to North America as a Buick model, although GM is reportedly still evaluating if a sub-Regal offering fits with its current Buick lineup.



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2010 Paris Auto Show Preview: Opel GTC Paris Concept

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


August 4th, 2010

The 2010 Paris Auto Show is less than two months away now so it’s not surprising to see more and more new model and concept debuts planned for the show starting to be revealed. We’ve already seen the Renault DeZir Concept and new Peugeot 508 sedan and now Opel, GM’s European division, has released a teaser sketch for a new sporty coupe concept dubbed the GTC Paris Concept.

The only official details are that the new concept will be a “sporty compact hatch with dramatic proportions and sculptural surfaces typical of Opel’s design language.” However, just by looking at the teaser, it’s evident that the concept is a preview for the new 2011 Opel Astra Sport Coupe that’s set to go on sale in Europe towards the end of the year.

The Astra's chief designer, Malcolm Ward, previously revealed that the new Sport Coupe would feature a far more rakish and lower profile than the previous generation model and that a high-performance OPC (VXR) variant would also be launched. OPC, which stands for ‘Opel Performance Center,’ is the name given to models developed by Opel’s official in-house tuner and typically feature minor engine and handling mods as well as styling and performance upgrades such as bigger wheels and sporty bodykits.

You can view spy shots of a prototype for the new Opel Astra Sport Coupe by clicking here. Unfortunately, with Saturn no longer around, the chances of the Astra Sport Coupe, or any other Astra variants, making their way over to the U.S. are slim. However, GM will be launching a new sedan based on the Astra platform under the Buick label, and hopefully a sporty coupe will come too.




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Hmmm... This means a Spring 2011 or early Summer 2011 debut for the GTC... Guess I will have to wait almost a year before making my final decision on ditching the MINI and going for a slightly larger and more practical 3-door car...

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