Opel GTC 1.4 Turbo Review
Glam tourer

Story and photos by Azfar Hashim
16 Dec 2012
 

An Opel coupe that has more curves than a Scirocco sounds interesting...

Introduction, exterior

A lot of thought obviously went into the car’s design.

If you are bored of seeing too many Sciroccos and find the Veloster Turbo too quirky for your own liking, then the Astra GTC should be your perfect fit.

Of course if you’re no badge snob, that’d be better as this is an Opel.

Now with the new Astra GTC, Opel is really showing off their design capabilities. One glimpse and I’m sure words like ‘sexy’, ‘beautiful’ and ‘gorgeous’ comes to mind. Just take a look at all those lines flanking the car; then the upswept headlamps that look as one with the sloping A-pillars. A lot of thought obviously went into the car’s design.

Less flattering of course, is this shade of blunt white. Makes the Astra GTC look like an airport service vehicle…

It looks graciously good viewed from the side too – from the front to the side, it looks well balanced. But to please the younger set, perhaps some form of side skirts would definitely flatter the car further.

18-inch alloys, wrapped in rather fat 245/50 R-18 Continental ContiSportContact 3 rubbers come standard; optional here is a set of 20-inch alloys, which would definitely make the GTC more dramatic.

At the rear, the GTC gets a pair of stylish LED tail lamps – it may look small, but they’re bright, alright. A matching sporty rear bumper, plus a large rear spoiler on the roof further highlight the sporty theme of the car.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1362cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Bore x Stroke (72 x 82)mm
Power 140bhp @ 4900rpm
Torque 200Nm @ 1850rpm
Power to Weight 97.4 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 10.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 200 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 15.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed 6-Speed Auto With Manual Select
Drive Type FF
Steering Hydraulic

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4466 x 1840 x 1489) mm
Wheelbase 2695 mm
Turning Circle 11.4 metres
Kerb Weight 1437 kg
Boot Capacity 351 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 1216 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 56 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs