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Paris Preshow: Opel GTC Paris Concept revealed with 2.0-liter Turbo, ready to battle Scirocco


Finally, details and pics of the upcoming Opel Astra GTC have broken cover. Go on, have a peek. Technically labeled a concept in what can only be an effort to iron out some final kinks and tweaks, Opel's GTC Paris is a preview of GM's new VW Scirocco and Hyundai Veloster hunter.

Barring all the artsy literary references and mumbo jumbo, the facts go as follows: the GTC will be a compact, 3-door hatch for five with a coupe-like roofline. It measures 4.46 meters long and incorporates modern Opel design cues like the "blade" running along the rocker. Inside the concept appear to be some optional race-inspired cheek huggers.

The GTC Paris gets LED running lights / tail lights and rides on 21-inch rims which probably won't be available from your average dealer. Opel design VP Mark Adams says, "We wanted to express the most emotional side of the Opel brand and we believe this vehicle creates an appropriate visual impact to reinforce our dynamic sporty character." Well, it looks like it's ready to jet away in a cloud of front-wheel smoke, so mission accomplished.

Under the creased hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with direct injection hooked up to a 6-speed manual transmission and a start/stop system. The production model will be powered by a variety of petrol and diesel engines with the grapevine talking about a GTI-version of Opel's little hatch called the GSi with around 200-horsepower and an even crazier OPC model, possibly with as much as 280HP, maybe even more, to battle off VW's R offerings.

Official specs for the GTC will probably start to come out around the time of its Paris debut. For some more spy shots and video, check out our previous post from back in June. Could this foreshadow a potential higher-output compact luxury offering from Buick as well? Time will tell.

By Phil Alex



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This car is the real deal. It needs to be added to Buick's lineup to serve as a smaller companion to the Regal. This car and the Regal would reinforce the sportier side of the Buick brand. I would call it "Bengal" or "Regatta".

The more sedate compact sedan with the LaCrosse inspired front end would be marketed as a smaller companion to the LaCrosse sedan. I would call it "Velite". The Velite and LaCrosse would represent the elegantly understated side of Buick.

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The bumpers and wheels will change for production for sure, as well as the seats, but it's good looking! I give it a ever higher probability of being my next car.

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First look: Opel previews Astra three-door

Hatch hatched: Opel's GTC Paris Concept is really the new three-door Astra for both Opel and Vauxhall.

Three-door Astra emerges as Opel and Vauxhall’s dramatic GTC Paris Concept

8 September 2010


GENERAL Motors has revealed a sexy new hot-hatch concept that will preview the next-generation Astra ‘coupe’ from its European brands Opel and Vauxhall.

The GTC Paris Concept is guaranteed to morph into the all-new Astra three-door by late next year, when it should be launched in Europe simultaneously with a replacement for the VXR hot-hatch variant that was also sold in Australia by Holden Special Vehicles.

Sadly, the mainstream Astra coupe will not be released in Australia, where GM Holden chose not to import Opel’s latest-generation Astra five-door because it would have been unprofitable, unless Holden establishes a business case for the Opel brand itself here.

That seems unlikely, given Holden has designed and developed a five-door hatchback version of the small Korean-built Cruze sedan, and will put both models into production at its plant outside Adelaide next year.

The GTC Paris show car was designed under the direction of GM Europe design chief, British-born Mark Adams, and features ‘blade’ surfacing on the car’s flanks but reversed from the five-door Astra design, leading from the front door instead.

Left: Opel GTC Paris concept. Below: HSV Astra VXR.

As with the mid-size Insignia, which could also be sold here under the Opel banner, the GTC’s reversed blade surfacing creates a subtle, integrated side skirt, while a second crease runs from the front edge of the door handles to the rear lights.

Meantime, a sharp central bonnet crease is flanked by swept-back headlights and daytime LED running lights, while LED tail-lights form a “flying wing” motif below a discreet hatch spoiler.

GM Europe says the GTC concept measures 4.46 metres long, making it around 40mm longer than the five-door Astra, although a heavily arched roofline and narrow rear glass area disguise its extra length.

It also claims the car still offers “ample space for five people”, despite the fact the GTC’s roof is quite clearly lower than the five-door Astra’s.

The GTC concept is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine with idle-stop function and a six-speed manual transmission, while its chassis comprises the same torsion beam rear suspension as the regular Astra but adds an updated version of Vauxhall’s Flexride adaptive damper system.

“We wanted to express the most emotional side of the Opel brand and we believe this vehicle creates an appropriate visual impact to reinforce our dynamic sporty character,” said Mr Adams.



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2010 Paris Auto Show Preview: Opel GTC Paris Concept

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


September 8th, 2010

The 2010 Paris Auto Show is just a couple of weeks 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 images for a new sporty coupe concept dubbed the GTC Paris Concept.

The latest concept presents a sporty compact hatch with dramatic proportions and sculptural surfaces typical of Opel’s design language. And just by looking at the shots, it’s evident that the concept is a preview for the new 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.

As for the latest concept, the vehicle features a special chassis design with an extra-wide stance. It also comes with Opel’s exclusive Watt’s link rear suspension and an updated version of the adaptive mechatronic FlexRide suspension and front electronic limited slip differential seen in cars like the Insignia. Rolling stock consists of 21 inch wheels.

The powertrain in the GTC Paris is a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with direct injection. It’s fitted with fuel saving engine stop-start technology and is matched to a conventional six-speed manual gearbox



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Vauxhall GTC concept completely revealed ahead of Paris Motor Show debut

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Sep 8th 2010 at 9:27AM

Vauxhall has beaten the speculating voices of the Internet to the Paris Motor Show punch by pulling the covers off of its GTC Concept well ahead of the main event. According to the company, what you see above is likely to have more than a little influence on the next Astra Sport Hatch. In classic concept style, the GTC rolls on epic 21-inch wheels that aren't likely to find their way to the production version of the car any time soon. That's not to say that this creation is pure fantasy, though.

For one thing, there's a direct-injection, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine snugged under the hood, complete with a functioning start/stop system and a six-speed manual gearbox. That choice of powerplant seems a little too realistic to just be a show-circuit folly, so our guess is that the Astra Sport Hatch will likely boast similar hardware when it hits the road to take on cars like the Volkswagen Scirocco. Hit the jump for the full press release and check out the gallery for a closer look. Vauxhall will show off the GTC Concept in Paris starting on September 30, and we'll be on-hand to give you live shots and impressions of its reveal.

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* Three door Astra-based concept stars on Vauxhall's Paris Show Stand

* Dynamic, sweeping lines make bold statement about Vauxhall's design evolution

* Innovative suspension and drivetrain features hint at performance remit

Luton–These are the first official pictures of Vauxhall's GTC Paris Concept, which gives the strongest hint yet to the Astra Sport Hatch's successor and is set to cause a stir when it receives its debut on September 30 at the Paris Motor Show.

Mark Adams, Vauxhall/Opel's Vice President of Design, has described the GTC Paris as, 'bold, pure and iconic' in its appearance. Vauxhall has hinted that a production version will not stray far from the rakish lines of the concept, and if the GTC moniker were to be adopted, it would be the first time that a Vauxhall has been so named.

At 4.46 metres, the GTC Paris offers ample space for five people, yet still maintains a svelte and sporting appearance. Adams' team has maximised 'tension' in the design by limiting the amount of lines in the car's profile, and leaving the impression that the car's highlights and surfacing are 'pressed' on to the concept's 21-inch wheels.

Vauxhall's signature blade mimics that on the Insignia and creates a fine, tense crease along the rocker panel. This combines with a second line running from the door handle to the rear of the car, emphasising both a fine undercut and broad shoulder. A third line following the silhouette of the roof is finished in fine brushed aluminium accentuating the window graphic and leads to a sharply accented integrated spoiler.

Slim, eagle-eye shaped headlamps, flanked by LED running lights with chrome surrounds dominate the front of the GTC Paris. A sharp centreline crease runs down the bonnet (a trademark styling cue from Vauxhalls of yore) and leads to a dramatically low trapezoidal grille incorporating a chrome emblem bar.

At the rear, the imposing features of the concept are enhanced with LED tail lights, showcasing a long, stretched 'wing' night time graphic.

Underpinning the GTC Paris is a specially designed chassis with an extra-wide stance. Hinting at the car's power potential is an electronic limited slip differential and an updated version of Vauxhall's FlexRide adaptive damping system. The new Astra's unique compound crank / Watt's link rear suspension provides excellent packaging and secure, driver-focused dynamics.

A four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, with direct petrol injection and Start/Stop technology is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, providing drivers with high levels of performance and fuel efficiency.

More details about the GTC Paris Concept will be revealed before the Paris Motor Show.



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Opel releases details of Astra coupe

Paul McVeigh

Automotive News Europe -- September 8, 2010 13:40 CET

Opel/Vauxhall has released pictures of a concept for an Astra coupe that will be unveiled at the Paris auto show later this month.

Opel hints that a production version of the concept, called the GTC Paris, will not stray far from the show car's rakish lines.

Mark Adams, the brand's design chief, describes the concept as "bold, pure and iconic" in its appearance.

Adams said the GTC concept shows the emotional side of Opel's new design language -- ‘sculptural artistry meets German precision.'

At 4460mm, the GTC Paris offers ample space for five people, Opel says.

The GTC powertrain is a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with direct injection, mated to a six-speed manual transmission and a stop-start system.

The three-door Astra likely will keep the GTC name when it goes on sale in late 2011.

The coupe will follow the Astra hatchback, which went on sale last year, and an Astra station wagon that debuts in Paris.

The GTC's wide stance is accentuated in the rear, with a long, stretched wing.

The Astra is Opel's second best-selling model after the Corsa subcompact, and so is key to the GM unit's aim to return to profitability in 2012.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100908/ANE/100909910/1130#ixzz0ywmaeRwI

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Very sexy! I really like this. That LNF should be good for 260 HP, and if they want to up the ante, they can always drop the weight or use a GM Stage 1 kit, which is good for 280 HP / 320 ft-lb (vs the current 260 / 260 in the Cobalt SS engine).

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you know it, NOS. unfortunately the braintrust in the US wouldn't ever be smart enough to put anything beyond a 1.4 turbo in this car if it even makes it here.

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Oh just how the Regal GS was bound to have a badass powertrain and then when it got here.. it didn't...

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By Drew Johnson

With the Paris Motor Show quickly approaching, General Motors’ German Opel brand has released a series of teaser shots of its upcoming Astra GTC model. The GTC model on hand at the Paris show will still be in concept form, with the production model expected to bow early next year at the Geneva Motor Show.

Opel says that “And the speed was pure beauty,” a line from the novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull, inspired the Astra GTC Paris. Opel’s Vice President of Design Mark Adams also helped the project move along, asking the design team to show him “the most emotional side of Opel’s new design language, ‘sculptural artistry meets German precision’.”

The GTC will likely feature unique design cues — including a wider stance — meaning it will more closely rival Volkswagen’s svelte Scirocco rather than its GTI hot hatch. The Astra will bridge the gap between the two by offering more usable proportions than the Scirocco — including seating for five — but a lower and sportier roofline than the GTI.

Opel has confirmed that the GTC Paris will be powered by a turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0L four-cylinder, but has yet to release any performance figures. We expect at least 240 horsepower, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see a rating as high as 280hp. Power will be sent through a six-speed manual transmission, eventually hitting the ground via 21-inch wheels.

The Astra GTC could come to North America as a Buick model, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Buick will launch a compact sedan based on the Astra by 2012, leaving the door open for a performance model.



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