New Opel Astra GTC Production Version Confirmed

Following the concept version of the car at last year’s Paris Auto Show, we only got a sneak peak at Opel’s new generation Astra GTC production variant thanks to a leak on the company’s Facebook page in early April. Now, the German automaker has officially confirmed the new Astra GTC as a production reality.

While releasing these first images that show the car in a virtual landscape, rolling on an imaginary road, real test cars are now running final validation drives.

The company has also confirmed that on June 7, full details about the Astra GTC will be released to coincide with its order books opening. “Pricing, technology, equipment and powertrains will be laid bare, giving customers the chance to specify their ideal model and place an order early,” a company statement reads.

The first production version of the new Opel Astra GTC will then receive its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show, on September 15, 2011.

Little is known so far, but it appears that the production Astra GTC will be a 5-seater, 3-door sporty compact car “with dramatic proportions,” as Opel says. “It will feature the very best of Opel’s latest technology, as well as unique chassis features,” the statement further adds.

In terms of performance, we can tell you that the GTC Paris concept offered a 2.0-liter Turbo equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and packing 290 horsepower, fitted with a Limited Slip Differential and Start/Stop technology. In addition, it came with a compound crank with an Opel-exclusive Watt’s Link in the rear, and a new execution of the adaptive mechatronic FlexRide suspension.

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