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Opel has revealed the all-new Opel Astra GTC in Europe. According to the company, it will be the most dynamic car in its class when it hits the market towards the end of this year.

The GTC will rival the likes of the Renault Megane Coupe and the Volkswagen Scirocco, with its three-door coupe layout, based on the five-door Astra. Every aspect of the GTC is said to have been re-engineered above the five-door model, except for the door handles.

The GTC will be available with four engines initially, including two versions of a 200Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine (88kW/103kW), as well as a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 132kW. A CDTI 2.0-litre turbodiesel version will offer 121kW and 380Nm.

Equipped with a six-speed manual transmission across the range, the GTC is being pitched as proper sports hatchback. It’s 10mm lower than the standard five-door, 40mm wider at the front and 30mm wider at the rear. Combined with a newly developed HiPer strut front suspension and Watt’s link rear axle, Opel says it will provide “unmatched stability and handling precision”.

Opel Design vice president, Mark Adams, said in a recent report,

“We wanted the Astra GTC to be the ultimate expression of Opel’s design language ‘sculptural artistry meets German precision’ and to embody our passion for the automobile.”

The Opel GTC will be officially unveiled in the flesh at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It’s anticipated to be a cracker of a car.


  • Car Fanatic

    Now bring them to Australia, awesome looking in yellow.

    • bob

      Yup. Agreed. Love it, fantastic looking. Alas, we’ll never see it down here.

      • Maz

        Who Not? Opel are opening Shop in Australia Mid 2012…. Guarantee you’ll see the GTC on their Opel Australia online showroom soon enough.

        • bob

          Yeah, sorry, I made the same mistake I wrote about earlier…posting before reading!

          I didn’t realize there were coming here…that’s great news though.

    • andronicus

      I see tons of the Astra’s here in Amsterdam at the moment. Great looking cars but will we get a refreshed version in Australia come 2012 or the ones that the europeans have been driving for last 18 months?

      Also, of interest, I saw a new Ford Focus today and have to say it looks fantastic on the road. Was never a fan of those silly back headlights but in the flesh it looked really nice.

  • Shak

    Who else thinks this is the best looking car in its class?

    • A.S

      I like the side profile and the rear, the front is pretty average though.

    • Lazybones

      Hard to believe this shares the same platform as its butt ugly sister the cruze. What an awesome car!! Love the side panel which ripples from the door handle to the rear, very clever. And great rims.

    • Aussie bender

      I’ll wait for the Focus ST TYVM

      • Ford Sucks

        Hold on to the current focus, coz the next one will be a disaster. Not even close to the Astra’s Golf’s or Megane’s. Never again will a Focus be as good as the one that used a Volvo 2.5 liter 5 cylinder Turbo engine. Trying to keep up,with 2 liter 4 cylinders.

  • Ima Hogg

    Three questions
    1 Will this come to Australia
    2 Will they make this in four door. If it is this might be a good replacement for my wifes diesel thirsty pajero.
    3 How much will it be

    • Shak

      1. Yes, next year.
      2. Yes, the four door is coming, not too sure about the three door though.
      3. Most likely priced in line with the Golf and other imported Euro hatches.

  • Opelman

    Beautiful – definitely nicer to look at in every respect than it’s cousin the Cruze. I can’t wait to get one next year. Hopefully the 3 door comes this way!
    It’s amazing how 2 cars based on the same platform and DNA can look soooo different. The Astra “sculptural artistry meets German precision” and the Cruze “bland styling meets Korean crap”. Oh well, at least the cruze is built here now!

    • troy

      ASSEMBLED u mean

      • Opelman

        Built or assembled its still crap!

  • Car Fanatic

    I have to agree with Shak, this is definitely best looking in class. Holden were crazy for dumping Opel.

    • Sammo

      But at least Australians will soon be given the opportunity to buy an Opel without the bogan Holden badge!

      • toxic_horse

        What a ridiculous comment!

        • Bret

          whats so ridiculous about that? I know a lot of people love Holden, but a LOT hate them too. Every moron commodore driver puts people off them.

        • andronicus

          Not ridiculous, very valid and very true. I wouldnt buy a Holden, I would buy an Opel. Point proved.

          • Dave S

            Your loss.
            Great cars.
            Popular where ever they are evported to.

          • toxic_horse

            So you are saying you would not buy the exact same car based on the badge. then you are a idiot.

  • Edward

    the pwer specs are a joke. Comparable to the RS Megane 250 and VWs? you have to be joking

    • Shak

      The article never said it would rival RS250. This is just the basic coupe, the OPC version is yet to come; now that will definitely rival the RS250 and the Scirocco R.

    • bob

      I agree with Shak. Think we need to read articles more closely before posting comments. The article said it was competition for the Megane Coupe and the Scirocco, i.e. the baseline editions. Nowhere did it say it was competition for the RS Megane 250 or the Scirocco R.

      • Edward

        so what version of the megane you are competing against? last i check the only renault sporty coupe intown is the RS 250. BTW, a newer version of the 250 is due 17th June.

        • bob

          Really? Just went to the Renault website which shows a couple different models of the Megane. The standard Megane Coupe has 103kW…right in the same bracket as this.

    • Maz

      This is the base sport model. Comparable to say, an SP25. Wait until OPC (Opel Performance centre) get there hands on it.

      • mcl334

        And even then it still wont know how to turn a corner!

  • eskylid

    that looks great, will easily be the best looking car in its class, im thinking a white one with after market black mags with chrome lip,

  • Mosmanite

    Very nice. Up there with the Scirocco which will be on sale here early next year. Seems to be a new niche as Ford have had a ‘Capri’ concept floating around for a while.

  • troy

    cant the europeans design a car now without making it look like the one next door??

    so much megane in that thing, they have even used the meganes signature yellow!…

    front is dull the rest is ok

    • bob

      Signature yellow? I wasn’t aware Renault had a patent on that. Maybe Lambo should stop making yellow cars too, in case anyone confuses it for a Megane

      • Bret

        Maybe not , but certainly the last few series of magane rs have been marketed as yellow. In fact last Reno sport was either yellow,French blue or black. It was only later red and silver were addded.

  • Alexander

    This is gorgeous! makes the Scirocco look a tad dated and bloated…

  • Car Fanatic

    Troy, since when did Renault have the rights to yellow? Seat had a Cupra R in this colour long before Renault, so perhaps we could say the RS copied SEAT.

  • Car Fanatic

    Rumor has it the Astra OPC could have around 224kw. With that amount of power it would have to be AWD.

    • Maz

      Ever heard of an LSD? Or even GM using a proprietry front wheel set-up comparable to fords Revo-knuckle.

  • Car Fanatic

    Still get a little torque steer, if they were smart they’d look to eliminate it completely and stay one step ahead of their rivals.

  • Todd

    Wow. What a cracking looking car. Just googled and they have their Aussie site up and running now. The 5 door is also a fine looking thing. Holden are really going to live to regret taking the Astra off the market during GFC. Probably the only instance in recent history where a replacement car (Cruze) was of far poorer quality (mechanically and aesthetically) than the car it replaced (AH Astra). Good luck to Opel. I could be tempted…..be interesting to see where the pricing falls. If it is close to Golf then they will win. Still can’t believe just how many cars VW are shifting out here now. They are doing bulk business!

    • JEKYL & HYDE

      your wrong on so many counts i don’t know where to start…

      • bob

        looks like you’re wrong on so many counts……

        • Bent 8 Brigade

          Cruze is a way better drive than the last Astra…I don’t understand anyone getting all weepy-eyed over the old Astra. Yes, I get to drive both regularly.
          Holden wasn’t smart to drop the Euro lineup? Care to make a business case for that?

        • JEKYL & HYDE

          explain exactly how???…

          • Todd

            I have actually driven both and whilst everyone is entitled to an opinion I am firmly in the camp who prefers the Astra over the Cruze. I’ve previously owned two Astras and have had a Cruze as a work car. Astra was a solid, good looking little car with good driver dynamics for the price. Cruze is a very unattractive and cheaply built thing. The Astra was more on par with Golf + Focus. The Cruze is on par with i30. When I came to buy a new car a year back I wouldn’t have even considered the Cruze – it has been a good car for Holden but not the car for us. Also, important to note that Cruze was only ever meant to be the cheaper small car option from Holden. Prior to GFC, the Euro going to the wall and GM getting into strife, Holden had every intention of running the two cars side by side (Astra as premium. Cruze as cost friendly). Some swift marketing and Cruze became the only small car in the range when the supply of Astra started to cost them a fortune and GM were forced to put Opel up for sale (which they hastily withdrew when things improved!). Now that the GFC dust has settled Opel won’t let Holden rebadge there cars any more (do the research – its the truth!). We bought a Focus but will consider the new Astra when it lands. Cars are a personal thing and I love a good looker. Holden used to be so good with the look of their vehicles – Commodore, Old Barina etc but in recent years….sigh..are they kidding? Malibu(!), Barina Spark (!), Epica…..all pig ugly and VERY American. Even the latest iteration of the Commodore has had the previously perfect front end slightly tweaked. It now looks a bit Epica (take a look!). What are they thinking!

          • JEKYL & HYDE

            if proof of the pudding is in the eating,then the cruze replacement of astra was a no-brainer(and yes i’ve driven dozens of both examples).ah astra average month was 700.a great month was 1100.cruze now sells 2500-2900.astra cd at the death was 22k.cruze is now 22k(with lots more safety and entertainment features) but guess what,holden probably makes a shirtload more money out of them.pretty much zero problems warrenty wise too.yes the motor/gearbox is average,but it was the same motor in the ah astra time,it just lugs more weight.astra was plaged by timing belt/waterpump/brake/electrical issues.give me a cdx cruze interior over ah cdx interior anyday…

    • Labrys

      Thanks for pointing out the site was up Todd!
      Had a look and have to say I can’y wait for Opel to open their doors down here.

  • Car Fanatic

    And not relying on fleets which makes VW’s effort that much better.

    • Bent 8 Brigade

      which ‘efffort’ are you specifically reffering to, Can Fanatic?

      • Todd

        An effort based on very tight/clever marketing, a product line up with the hero car as a focus (GTI), a very good looking product, diesel engines that, if you buy the right one, will go like the clappers and a market that, since the demise of the Opel Holdens, really only has the Focus and Fiesta as competition within a similar price/quality point. Australia is focussed on cheap and cheerful (Hyundai, Kia) or bland (Corolla, Honda etc) small cars. Europe isn’t – hopefully we will catch up! And….all of this ‘effort’ has driven VW very close to the top of the pile on the basis of stats that, quite simply, don’t include big fleet buys (it is generally to costly to be on the fleet buy approved list!). Commodore, Falcon (less so nowadays!), Camry and Corolla can attribute enormous quantities of their annual sales to fleet buys. Thats why there are so many of the stinking things around(normally in white!)

  • Todd

    Agreed – VW have done it with out the buffering of Govt Dept bulk buys (Commodore, Camry et al)

  • RD

    Hope the quality has improved…

    • KD

      I owned two AH Astra’s (still have the Turbo) and have never had a problem with either of them

  • Richard

    I hate to say that Opel may have no more luck selling cars in this country than Renault.

    Exactly what brand awareness is there to Opel in Australia? Less than Renault I would think.

    Unless they significantly undercut VW they will not sell.

    The Cruze is selling way more than the AH Astra every did WITHOUT a hatchback model.

    • Opelman

      The reason people buy Holdens is they think they are Australian made, designed etc, little do the majority of the public know that their 2005 Holden Barina is a Daewoo, a car that never sold under Daewoo terribly well as the Kalos, yet a Holden badge sells it in truck loads as people think its a Holden… I feel for those people who don’t know. Those people are better off buying a Hyundai or a Kia, better designed and built these days!

      • filippo

        “I feel for those people who don’t know”

        You’re a kinder man than I am. When I see a Kalos/Barina driver I usually just chuckle and ponder how these are probably the exact type of mouth breathers who also get scammed by those Nigerian email schemes.

    • Shak

      Yes but Renault dont even try and advertise. Only recently have they stepped up, and started advertising the Fluence and the Megane. Opel would most likely just get the boys down at Holden to do marketing, because heaven knows, Holden could sell ice to the Eskimos.

  • Car Fanatic

    Don’t be a muppet Mc. Autocar reports it will be FWD with a possible electronically controlled diff to compensate for the torquesteer

  • Car Fanatic

    Jekyll is right there Richard. You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about and how could you possibly know whether most Australians won’t know what an Opel is?

  • paulb

    Smart looking little vechle.If its priced right will do very well

  • Steve

    Good luck to Opel. Good looking cars are always welcome.

  • save it for the track

    Pretty sure Renault have been using yellow on Renaultsport Meganes and Clios for quite a few years now. The only thing I can say is, can we imagine the uproar if Ford had brought out a ‘tiger’ coloured Falcon all those years ago when Holden had the colour on Monaros and Commondores. This is VERY similar in profile to a Megane. maybe Renault s should consider suing, like Eminem…
    .
    Thankfully it doesn’t yet have a centred exhaust, lest a website or two start referring to it as a ‘signature’, a-la a recent write up of an ST Focus. (new feature for Focus ST, common Renaultsport feature for a number of years now..) No doubt if Opel fire up their marketing here, and they sell this model, there’ll be more of these getting around than the original shaped, and earlier released Megane. Then all the Opel owners, when they see the Renault will think that their car has been copied. I suspect though that Renaultsport owners really wouldn’t care. I’d take the Renault RS 250 over the Opel. Renaultsport are the premiere FWD hot hacth specialists. The fastest FWD around the Nurburgring is a renaultsport, quicker even than a AWD Golf R…

    • KD

      I take it you’ve never seen the previous Astra Coupe?

      This is the next generation and so the profile is similar to that, the Megane came after.

      I have both the AH Astra Turbo and I couldn’t wait for the new one so now I also have the Megane RS250 in the garage.

      Chalk and cheese to drive, the Megane is in another planet when it comes to they way they drive but I still enjoy the crazy hooligan the Astra can be (not that I drive it too much when the RS350 is always at the front of the garage)

      • save it for the track

        Yes I’ve seen the previous Astra Coupe. I suppose this new Astra shape could be an ‘evolution’ of that. Just seems that Renault made a bigger styling change to their Megane (previous shape, with the ‘special’ rear-end) than the Astra. In my opinion the Megane has gone beyond the Astra shape.

  • Car Fanatic

    The effort of VW Australia and it’s limited dealer network to secure 8th spot in the Australian market with subtle advertising and not alot of it. They could easily increase that by aggressively targeting fleet companies, but all the work is done in the showroom and from word of mouth to private buyers. Despite what you think Bent Gender, VW make a good product. Ten years ago I would have avoided them and whilst they aren’t number one for reliabilty, they have improved dramatically. One day I hope they sit at the top of warranty directs list of most reliable cars, then I can ask you for evidence of your constant claims, in fact were is your evidence now that mark V golfs fall apart after 3 years? Mark IV maybe, not the new batch.

  • Al Juraj

    Fords have oftentimes outhandled their GM counterparts, so hopefully they’ve sorted out the issue with this one. The GTC looks stunning, a far cry from any Holden offering. For the first time, to my astonishment, I am seriously considering a vehicle from the General.

  • Car Fanatic

    Yes all their cars look good, even the Meriva, which is surprising cause when they released the Meriva in the UK it was an ugly dog.

    • Labrys

      I actually have to agree with you on this. I was looking at the site and was really impressed by the Meriva. It’s a great little family car and would certainly be on my list if I didn’t already have the i30cw.
      There are some great ideas that have gone into it.

  • Car Fanatic

    And even Todd has answered your question Bent.

    Now are you satisfied or do you still have your one eye closed to reason and logic?

    • Bent 8 Brigade

      Commodore and Cruze are the 1 2 locally manufactured sucker punch reality check to anti Australian trolls like Can Fanatic. Does it bug you, Can Fanatic, to see Holden doing so well with Commodore and Cruze?

      • bangel

        Oh yes they were selling 8000 crummers a month 10 years ago , where did all those customers go , i wonder , crude does not make up the slack .

        • Bent 8 Brigade

          Oh bungel, and yet it still sells more than anything else in Australia, and the bonus is that it’s a local product. Or are you like Can Fanatic hoping and praying for failure of Commodore and end of manufacture of Falcon?

  • bangel

    Wrong car in a shrinking large car market , will fall to falcon levels , the crude ,just that, still bogans need wheels is suppose .

  • Crosshead

    The article mentions only a 6 speed manual transmission across the range. I love manuals but the lack of an auto tranny or DSG, no matter how pretty the car, would, I think, severely restrict sales in Australia. All the competition (Scirocco, Megane, RCZ, etc.) have auto or DSG options.