Ok so it’s not new, news around here that I am a bit of an Opel fan so this won’t surprise anybody that the following news has me massively excited. The Astra GTC Sport has been on my list of cars I want to review since Opel came back to Australia now the Astra GTC Sport has just got even more appealing to me then it was before (which is hard) with news Opel is about to debut Opel’s new 1.6L SIDI Turbo engine and 6 speed auto, my only hope I get to review one. Pretty please Opel.
- Local debut of Opel’s new 1.6-litre SIDI turbo petrol engine
- Six-speed automatic transmission with active select joins Astra GTC Sport offering
- New automatic Astra GTC sport to be priced from $36,990 RRP.
Opel’s Global product renaissance continues, with the Astra GTC Sport the latest model to receive a boost. Available in local showrooms from July this year, the new automatic Astra GTC Sport will debut Opel’s new Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine.
Available at only a $2000 premium over the manual price, buyers not only gain an automatic transmission in the GTC Sport but also the new 1.6-litre turbo direct injection engine. Opel’s new 1.6-litre SIDI turbo engine boasts an impressive torque of 280 Nm available between 1,650 and 4,250 rpm and an output of 125kW of power. The all-new direct injection engine offers excellent refinement and smooth power delivery for the driver and consumes on the combined cycle consumes 6.8 litres of fuel per 100 km and emits 160 g/km CO2.
Many ‘sound engineering’ measures were employed to provide the driver with lower levels of radiated noise and vibration with the new SIDI engine in the automatic Astra GTC Sport. Optimisation of the induction and exhaust systems included decoupling the cam cover from the cylinder head via specific fasteners and a sealing system. In spite of direct injection and pulsed combustion, engineers were able to substantially reduce noise levels in the vehicle. As a result of these, the driver and passengers in the new automatic Astra GTC 1.6-litre SIDI turbo will experience quiet and smooth idling, with good sound quality even at high road speeds, engine speeds and loads.
The enhanced automatic transmission also contributes to improvements in economy, comfort and performance of the vehicle. The updated, low-friction six-speed automatic transmission features an Active Select function to allow manual shifting for a heightened sporty driving experience.
As with the six-speed manual Astra GTC Sport, the automatic offering will come with a long list of standard features including Opel’s sport chassis and HiPerStrut front suspension, AGR heated front sports seats and Mondial leather appointed trim throughout the cabin.
For more info on the Astra GTC or Opel full range of great cars check out their website http://www.opel-australia.com.au thanks to Opel for the above info.