Vauxhall Astra GTC (2011–2016)
- September 2010: Astra GTC launched
- April 2011: Launch date and prices confirmed
- November 2011: Astra VXR announced
- June 2012: BiTurbo launched
- January 2014: 1.6-litre direct injection with 200PS launched
Astra GTC launched
The GTC concept shows what the new three-door Astra (formerly called Sporthatch) will look like. Vauxhall describes the concept as, ‘bold, pure and iconic’ in its appearance, yet it will still offer ample space for five people and their luggage.
Launch date and prices confirmed
Vauxhall confirmed that the GTC will become a production car going on sale in Autumn 2011. On June 7 Vauxhall will reveal full details about the GTC to coincide with its order books opening. Pricing, technology, equipment and powertrains will be laid bare, giving customers the chance to specify their ideal model and place an order early.
The first production version of the Astra GTC will then receive its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show, on September 15, with first cars appearing in UK showrooms late autumn this year.
Astra VXR announced
Based on the GTC and powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine, the Astra VXR produces 280hp of power and 400Nm of torque, enough for it to achieve a top speed of 155mph.
Has bespoke chassis modifications and a specially developed mechanical limited slip differentials. In conjunction with the GTC's sophisticated HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut), the LSD provides the Astra VXR with exceptional lateral grip and traction through bends.
Brakes were developed by competition supplier, Brembo Standard fitment of Vauxhall's fully adaptive FlexRide system. In the Astra VXR, FlexRide features not only a Sport button, but a VXR button, offering drivers the choice of two, more focused stages of damper, throttle and steering control.
P riced from £23,925 the engine p roduces 195PS, making for a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 139mph. The peak torque output of 400Nm is the same as the recently launched Astra VXR model. Combined cycle economy is 53.3mpg and emissions are 139g/km. Start/stop is fitted as standard. Equipment in the BiTurbo includes 18-inch alloy wheels, climate control, lowered ride-height, a new bodykit and ‘track’ interior trim with flat bottomed steering wheel.
1.6-litre direct injection with 200PS launched
A new Astra GTC is now available with a powerful new 1.6-litre direct injection petrol engine, priced from £20,995 on-the-road.
First seen in the Cascada convertible, and packing 200PS and 300Nm of torque, the all-new, four cylinder unit allows the GTC to achieve a top speed of 143mph and 0-60mph time in 7.3 seconds, making it the fastest non-VXR model in the Astra range.
Peak power and torque are increased by up to 30 per cent over the previous 1.6-litre turbo model, yet fuel consumption of 51mpg combined and emissions of 154g/km have meant a 13 per cent improvement in efficiency.
The new engine brings sector-leading refinement to the Astra GTC range. It is the only unit in its class to feature twin balancer shafts for smooth running, while a host of sound engineering measures have been made for low noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
Priced from £855, Vauxhall has also introduced the innovative Intellilink infotainment system to the Astra GTC range. Intuitive and user-friendly, the system features satellite navigation, voice control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, picture viewer and Gracenote album art, all via its high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen display.
In addition, the top-of-the-range Navi 950 IntelliLink contains Europe-wide street level mapping with updates easily downloadable via USB. Drivers can also have incoming text messages read out to them, as well as integrating their smartphones’ own voice recognition functions.