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An updated Opel Astra GTC Sport will be here in July, debuting a new turbocharged engine and automatic transmission.

Fitted with Opel’s all-new 1.6-litre four-cylinder SIDI (spark ignition direct injection) Turbo engine and tied to a six-speed automatic transmission for the first time, the $36,990 Opel Astra GTC Sport auto is $2000 dearer than the existing six-speed manual variant, which curiously uses the carry-over engine.

While the new 125kW/280Nm direct injection engine develops less power than the manual GTC Sport’s 132kW/230Nm turbocharged 1.6-litre unit, torque is improved as is efficiency. A combined cycle fuel consumption claim of 6.8 litres per 100km and CO2 emissions of 160 grams per kilometre bettering the manual’s 7.3L/100km and 171g/km.

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The new automatic does lose the performance battle, however, taking 9.2 seconds to reach triple figures compared with the manual’s 8.3 seconds – its 61kg weight penalty playing its part.

Featuring an Active Select manual shifting function, the new automatic Opel Astra GTC Sport comes standard with Opel’s sport chassis and HiPerStrut front suspension, heated front sports seats and leather trim, mirroring the equipment levels of its manual counterpart.

Opel Australia says while a manual version of the new 1.6 SIDI Turbo engine is available in overseas markets, introducing the combination locally is “something we’re looking at down the track”.

Opel Astra GTC Sport manufacturer’s list pricing:

Opel Astra GTC Sport 1.6 Ecotec Turbo six-speed manual – $34,990
Opel Astra GTC Sport 1.6 SIDI Turbo six-speed automatic – $36,990

  • Ted

    A duplicated story ?

    • hfgh

      Mostly, but the earlier one has the official price for the car which the earlier article didn;t.

      • Ted

        Thank you

  • slap

    From where?

    • Ted

      A few days earlier on this site !

  • Opelman

    Good to see a more efficient engine, and an auto for the lazy people. I’m happy with my GTC Sport. Stop start technology should be on the 1.6 Turbo, same as the 1.4. However, in saying that, am loving my new Opel. It’s riding on 20″ wheels and the ride is smooth and composed. Sleek looking machine. They deserve to sell every one and more! :)

    • Shak

      They would sell more if Opel priced their cars realistically. When you can get many actual hot hatches for $1-2K more, why would you go for a lukewarm Astra? Yes. its gorgeous, and although it may make sense to the heart, the head will always disagree.

  • Zaccy16

    Its a great looking car! but 9.2 seconds to 100 is pathetic for a “sports model” and it is not a cheap car, a polo gti or fiesta st is about $8,000 less and are at least 2 seconds faster to 100 kph!

    • JoeR_AUS

      The manual does it in 8.3 and like Opelman says below :-)

  • Opelman

    I don’t think the GTC in its base and Sport form were supposed to be sports cars. Almost carrying 1500KG is not exactly sporty, it’s more a warm hatch. The OPC is definately the sports car of the Astra Range

  • JamesB

    Why would I pay $35k or so for $20k performance?

    • Ted

      Might as well buy a Toyota Corolla !

    • Opelman

      Unfortunately it’s not all about performance. I don’t need to be first to take off at the lights to make up for my manhood. Styling wise, the Corolla is not even in the same league

      • JoeR_AUS

        you are very wise must be over 30!

        • Opelman

          I’m 29 mate. I’m just comfortable enough in myself that I don’t need a fast car to prove anything, unlike many of the fully sick knobs on our roads :)

      • JamesB

        Well, styling alone still won’t justify its price. Besides, an Alfa Romeo Giulietta looks even better and starts at only $25K.

        • JoeR_AUS

          It starts at 25k but you need the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Progression 1.4 six-speed automatic at $29,450 to get similar straight line performance. The Opel gets better equipment, seats, wheels, struts etc

        • Opelman

          That’s fine mate, don’t buy one then. Drive your Alfa and be done with it. The Alfa only starts at 25K now because they had to reduce the price to sell them; much like Fiat, and in some regards, Citroen and Peugeot.

          • Igomi Watabi

            It’ll happen with Opel in time too

    • JoeR_AUS


      Well you might want a coupe and you might want your car furnished better than a 20k vehicle and maybe you dont care if it does 8 or 7s to 100.

  • Dev

    Too pricey

  • Crosshead

    The GTC Sport really needs the new 147kW version of the 1.6 SIDI engine available in Europe. The 125kW version should only be the baseline engine for the GTC. I don’t need the 205 kW of the OPC but slot the 147 kW version in the Oz GTC Sport and I’d be a customer.