Opel (Vauxhall in the UK) has unveiled their sporty new mid-zise
coupe, the 2012 Astra GTC which in the UK is already availble for order
starting from today.
Expected to premiere at the Goodwood Festival
of Speed in the UK next month, and at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in
September, the 2012 Opel Astra GTC features a driver focused chassis
layout and a wheelbase measuring 2,695 mm (10 mm more than the regular Astra).
The
Astra GTC is also wider and lower than the 5-door hatch upon which is
based, with a ‘straight-from-concept’ design and a sophisticated
suspension at the front (HiPerStrut -High Performance Strut) combined
with Watt’s link axle at the rear.
The engine lineup available for
the 2012 Opel Astra GTC at launch will include one diesel (a 2.0-litre
CDTI delivering 165 HP / 380 Nm) and three petrols (a 1.4-litre
turbocharged 4-cylinder delivering either 120 HP or 140 HP and a
1.6-litre turbo rated at 180 HP).
The diesel version 2012 Opel
Astra GTC sprints from nought to 62 mph in 8.9 seconds (top speed 131
mph) and returns 47.9mpg (UK) / (4.9-litres per 100 Km). CO2 emissions
in this case are 139 grammes per Km.
The 2012 Opel Astra GTC price starts at 18,495 GBP in the UK for the 120 HP model, and reaches 22,430 GBP for the 165 HP SRi 2.0 CDTi.
All
engine options come with a 6-speed gearbox and Star Stop technology as
standard, plus the diesel range also gets a particulate filter.
The automaker also said that a high output VXR version will join UK’s hot-hatch segment in 2012. 

Source: Opel / Vauxhall