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Vauxhall Astra GTC 2011 / 2012 revealed

Tue, 26 Apr 2011

Vauxhall Astra GTC - the 3 door Astra will be revealed in June

Actually, we’re not sure we should really have called this a reveal of the new Vauxhall Astra GTC. It’s more the reveal of the production version of the GTC Concept we¬†already saw at the Paris Motor Show last year.

Surprisingly, the Astra GTC manages to hang on to quite a bit of the style of the GTC Concept, such as the blistered wheel arches and the deep grill, although the usual conpcety stuff – like oversized alloys – have had to bite the dust.

Mind you, this is still not a real photo of the Astra – it’s a Photoshop jobbie. So there is still a bit of room for artistic licence, although that’s going to be more about light and colour than actual form.

This is really a glorified tease for the three-door Astra, which isn’t going to make a real debut until Frankfurt in September – a full year on from the Paris debut of the concept. However, Vauxhall has told us that we will have all the details and photos on the GTC on 7th June – three months before the public debut. Which is a bit surprising.

What we do know is that the Astra GTC is a good-looking car and that it will have a similar engine line-up to its five-door Astra sibling. What it will also have is a seriously fettled chassis and the promise of an Astra GTC VXR (read Opel Astra OPC in Europe) sporting something close to 300bhp.

Which could be very interesting.


By Cars UK