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2012 Opel Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo

Since January 2012 completes the Opel Astra GTC, the Astra family. The compact coupe competes with the VW Scirocco and Co. With its dynamic body shape, it should mainly attract young customers. We have the top model, the 1.6 turbo, put to the test.


Our first impression: The Opel Astra looks like a small gym junkie. With flared rear wheel arches, he shows us his broad shoulders. Two light edges on the sides emphasize the masculine silhouette of the muscle package. Under the sporty design, however, the index suffers from the outside. The close-fitting rear window and the right small mirrors make it difficult to look backwards. When turning on also hinder pulled far forward, thick A-pillars, the pedestrian perspective. Not even the small, in the lower region of the A-pillar integrated window not much. Although the GTC rear doors are missing, he is 4.46 meters longer than the five-door about four inches sedan. Even tall rear passengers have adequate legroom. The trunk holds in the normal state up to 380 liters luggage, a high charge level is detrimental for the loading.

under the athletic bodywork is a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine is hidden. Due to the forced ventilation with maximum torque of 230 Newton meters already on trips from 2.200. In 8.3 seconds, the three-seater accelerates from zero to 100 km / h Despite its 180 hp at the traffic light, start the engine seems a bit sluggish. The distance moved in a previous test 2.0 CDTI with 165 hp, 350 Newton meters but, looked lively down around subjective, although it is longer for the sprint from zero to 100 km / h 0.6 seconds for. Correctly, the sporty turbo petrol engine behaves at around 5,000 rpm and when you activate the sports mode. In the latter, the coupe is also in the lower speed range significantly better on gas, the four-cylinder sounds pithy. This suggests, however, also reflected in consumption. Who are the sports button, however, is without prejudice to the manufacturer’s specified 7.2 liters per 100 kilometers on approach to the decimal place.


compared to the five-door Astra sedan is the body of the GTC by 1.5 inches deep. Thanks to the new front suspension, which is called Opel HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) and comes from the Insignia OPC, the Coupe accelerates to its high-performance shock absorbers out well for sporty driving without driving pulling out of the corners. Three different modes of genuine Yamaha FlexRide suspension – sport, normal and tour – give the driver a choice between a tight sport and a very gentle electronic damping. The steering is pleasantly directly in Sport mode, the setting a bit doughy tour. The shift of the crisp six-speed manual slide easily through the streets. An automatic transmission or even a double-clutch gearbox for the 1.6 Turbo is not available. Commented Unlike all other engines, the 1.6-liter gasoline engine without start-stop system.

the prices for the Opel Astra 1.6 Turbo starts at € 23 250. Who will pay 525 € extra charge will be supported by a driving range of security systems. These include a lane assistant, a traffic sign assistant and a proximity warning. Due to the poor index are 380 € for the rear parking beeper money well spent. From March 2012, the GTC is also available with a panoramic window. Depending on the version for this fall at least 1,200 € in addition.