Tuesday, 11 February 2014

!NEW! Opel Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo arrives in Portugal

  • New version 'Black OPC Line' is highlight of the sporty Astra GTC model
  • 1.6 Turbo Opel's new generation engine with Direct Injection delivers 200 hp
  • Specific output of 125 hp / liter becomes the absolute reference in this class
  • Price from 30,800 euros

New Opel Astra 1.6 Turbo Black OPC Line (200 hp): Now available in the Portuguese market

The Opel Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo is now available in the Portuguese market. The new Direct Injection engine 1.6 Turbo 200 hp is the most powerful of the new generation of engines with the Opel will renew most of its range by the end of year 2014. With a price of 30,800 euros, this true sporting constitutes an alternative more affordable compared to OPC 280 hp. Besides the new engine with the latest technology and front suspension high 'performance' HiPerStrut contributing decisively to a remarkable dynamic behavior, the Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo has a unique visual OPC Black Line.

New Opel Astra 1.6 Turbo Black OPC Line (200 hp) with two tail pipes

The main differences of the new GTC 1.6 Turbo are the two tailpipes and a number of elements from the most sporty versions of the Astra OPC and lines, forming a combination that is unique to this version for Portugal. The massive front bumper, which brings large air intakes, and the 'spoiler' back on top of the tailgate improve aerodynamics. At the same time, the side skirts and rear bumper Extended contribute to the special identity of this powerful GTC, which is accented by painting the roof of alloy wheels and exterior mirror covers in black. Cabin in stand-up type sports seats 'bucket seat', wheel and lever handle of the OPC box, and the pillars and roof lining in black fabric.

New Opel Astra 1.6 Turbo Black OPC Line (200 hp)

Unlike many three-door versions of models of the compact segment, the GTC occupies a prominent position in the range of models of Opel Astra variant being the most refined aesthetic and dynamic behavior.Despite the similarities with the other Astra GTC owns a design only: not sharing any exterior element with other members of the Astra family, except houses for the exterior mirrors and antenna.

Performance with Economy

The new Opel Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo can reach a speed of 230 km / h and accelerates from zero to 100 km / h in just 7.9 seconds. Recovery 80-120 km / h in 5th gear is also accomplished in 7.9 seconds in a show of great elasticity thanks to the high output of 300 Nm (with 'overboost') of torque. It is noted that the torque remains at the maximum level in a wider rpm range, from as early as 1750 rpm up to 4700 rpm. This, together with the peculiarity that the power of 200 hp remain in peak between 4700 rpm and 5500 rpm, gives the 1.6 Turbo new generation of Opel unusual resilience and acceleration at any engine speed.

The specific output of 125 hp / liter becomes the reference in this level of displacement engines. With careful construction for best results in a variety of parameters, including the 'performance' and consumption - where they play key role the system of direct injection and variable valve timing - this new engine, the GTC, consumes only average of 6.6 l/100 km in the combined cycle, the corresponding emissions of 154 g / km.

Opel Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo extends the range of options ranging from high 'performance' of the GTC range, joining the 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI 195 hp and 400 Nm The only engine that exceeds performance in these two is the 2.0 Turbo OPC, which delivers 280 horsepower.

New IntelliLink and complete standard equipment

Opel Astra GTC - Navi 950 with IntelliLink
The new Opel infotainment system is now available across the GTC range. The IntelliLink simplifies all commands, showing them a large seven-inch color screen, high definition, which also display the images captured by the rear camera parking aid. The IntelliLink system can be controlled by voice, while enabling Bluetooth connections to smartphones and streaming audio. The flagship model Navi 950 IntelliLink features detailed throughout Europe, the updates can be downloaded via the Internet maps. The system can verbalize text messages since, in addition to voice recognition itself, IntelliLink can also integrate voice functions of smartphones connected to it.

 Opel Astra GTC -  Steel Cage and Airbag Protection System
The complete standard equipment is one of the highlights of the new Opel Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo. In addition to all the safety devices - seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters, dual front airbags , side and curtain airbags, notice allotment of seat belts, ABS with brake force distribution and ESP Plus evolved - the new Opel offers series: 18-inch wheels, fog lamps, automatic switching between low and high beams, hill start assistance, light sensor, rain sensor, trip computer, cruise control, air conditioning with control electronic dual-zone system, Bluetooth hands-free phone and rear parking sensors.

The Astra GTC offers a wide range of dynamical systems driving assistance from the front chamber of the second generation Opel Eye with improved and extended functionalities to the suspension with electronic control FlexRide, through the new system of fourth generation system AFL + of adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights (Adaptive Forward Lighting).

Focus on dynamic

The debut of the new engine 1.6 Turbo 200 hp is in increased model that was designed to offer the best performance on the road at all dynamic levels.

Much of the development work on the chassis of the Astra GTC focused on the integration of HiPerStrut suspension. This unique front suspension, similar to the Insignia OPC, and until now only available in sports cars, top notch improves the dynamic behavior and offers greater steering precision.

The HiPerStrut architecture incorporates a fork which supports the shaft sleeve assembly, disengaging the directional movement of the wheels of all the suspension tower. The advantages in terms of sensitivity and accuracy of direction are evident. The HiPerStrut suspension reduces the variations of camber on the wheels when cornering front of the GTC, with considerable gains in grip. Another benefit of this configuration is that it permits the mounting of wheels up to 20 inches in diameter.

Compared with the Astra 5-door, the GTC’s ride-height has been lowered by 10 to 15 mm, while the wheelbase has grown by 10 mm, from 2685 mm to 2695 mm. Both tracks are wider, too, at 1584 mm (+40 mm) front and 1585 mm (+30 mm) rear.