2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder
7th September 2010. GM's European arm of Vauxhall/Opel,
has just released a series of images and some information
on a sporty little hot hatch that they plan on unveiling
at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
The Vauxhall - or Opel if you're on the continent - GTC
Paris Concept is based on the Astra's platform. The vehicle
is designed to provide a preview of what the successor
to the Astra Sport Hatch might look like.
Mark Adams, Vauxhall/Opel's Vice President of Design,
described the GTC Paris Concept as, "bold, pure
and iconic" in its appearance. I wouldn't go
that far. It's a nice looking motor - but it's not iconic.
Vauxhall has suggested that a production version will
not differ too much from the sporty lines of the GTC Paris
concept, and if the GTC moniker were to be adopted, it
would be the first time that a production Vauxhall has
been so named. Hopefully they'll stick to their promise,
and any production model spawned will be a mirror image
of the concept.
The concept rides on enormous 21" wheels, which definitely
wouldn't make the production model. But a 19" wheel
option would more than likely make the cut.
At 4.46 metres, the Vauxhall GTC Paris offers adequate
room for five people. Although those in the back probably
won't want to go too far.
Underpinning the Vauxhall / Opel GTC Paris concept is
a specially designed chassis with an extra-wide stance.
Hinting at the car's power potential is an electronic
limited slip differential and an upgraded version of Vauxhall's
FlexRide adaptive damping suspension system.
Powering the GTC Paris is a turbocharged 2.0 litre engine
equipped with direct petrol injection and Start/Stop technology.
This is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
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