Friday 15th June 2012
TWIN-TURBO DIESEL ASTRA GTC UNVEILED
New hot diesel Astra's not quite a VXR, but it is pretty feisty...
Vauxhall has revealed its most powerful Non-VXR model in the Astra range - the new GTC 2.0 CDTi BiTurbo - alongside a mild facelift for its shopping hatch and estate.
The new twin-turbo diesel, also used in the larger Insignia, puts out 195hp and 295lb ft of torque, and is capable of sprinting to 62mph from rest in 7.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 139mph.
Combined with claimed fuel economy of 53.3mpg and emissions of 139g/km it's a pretty frugal performer too.
Unlike any other C-segment hatch, the GTC uses a sequential turbos for its fastest diesel, with the smaller turbo providing 258lb ft of torque from 1,500rpm. The second turbo joins in with the mid range, providing that maximum 295lb ft between 1,750 and 2,500rpm.
Price-wise, you'll need to fork out £23,925 for the Astra GTC BiTurbo -£995more than the single-turbo 165hp version - though bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels, Electronic Climate Control, 6mm lower ride-height, a new body-kit and 'Track' interior trim, along with a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel are also chucked in as well as the extra power and torque.
Should make an interesting (and more peppy) alternative to a Golf GTD...