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Opel Astra GTC - Europe launch

Broadcast dates : 27th March 2005
31st March 2005


Coming to South Africa later this year is the Opel GTC, or Gran Turismo Compact, which went on sale in Europe last month.

The top model uses the 147 kilowatt turbo motor as employed in the Zafira OPC, which the striking styling of this coupe fully deserves.
Car Torque was at the international launch and can report that it handles well in difficult conditions, thanks to refined traction control and active damping control suspension.

The GTC is also available in Europe with the unique panoramic roof, the windscreen extending all the way to the B-Pillar.

This particular GTC show car also features an experimental hybrid power, using a 74 kilowatt diesel engine and two electric motors. 0-100 is claimed at under eight seconds!
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show a few weeks ago, the OPC version of the Opel Astra GTC is a performance vehicle with few utility or family aspirations.

The bottom line is a 176 kiloWatts from its two-litre turbo-engine, 0-100 in less than seven seconds, and a top speed approaching 250 kilometres-per-hour.

Expect to see the Astra OPC here in 2006.

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