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.
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
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!
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.