Spyshots: Opel Astra GSI

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The sporty GSI variant of the Opel Astra range is currently undergoing testing, preparing for the commercial launch which will probably take place this autumn, at the Paris Auto Show. The GSI will be available with both gasoline and diesel engines, with these two models aiming to take on the Volkswagen Golf GTI and GTD.

The spyshots show the Astra GSI wearing camouflage kit only at the front, the rear of the car being completely exposed. The front bumper is clearly redesigned in a more aggressive manner, sporting bigger air-intakes and closer to the ground skirt. Other changes from the standard Astra are the LED daytime running lights included in the headlight design.

At the rear you can spot the additional exhaust pipe and, for the first time unobstructed, the GSI badge. All in all the car rides a few centimetres lower as compared to less powerful models, a clue that the suspension is tuned for better road holding capacity. Also at the back there’s a larger wing over the hatch window and a redesigned bumper which includes a diffuser-like element.

The new GSI will be powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder bi-turbo motor delivering 190 hp. That will be good enough to top the current model’s speed of 230 km/h and its sprint of 8.2 seconds from standstill to 100 km/h. The diesel Astra GSI will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, delivering the same amount of power: 190 hp. This amount of power will offer the car almost similar performance as the current gasoline Astra GSI (200 horsepower, 0-62 mph in 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph).
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