More details on Vauxhall Astra GTC published
The Vauxhall Astra GTC has been tested in the UK in order to ensure the sporty hatchback is well suited for UK roads, the car maker has revealed.
Order books for the three-door coupe opened last month and was demonstrated in public during the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Now it has been revealed that to ensure that the car’s control is ideal for roads in the UK and across Europe, a bespoke platform has been created for it by Vauxhall and Opel.
The majority of evaluation has taken place in the UK, as Vauxhall believes making the GTC suited to the local roads, with its blend of undulations, cambers and rough surfaces will make it controlled on other roads beyond Britain.
Features such as a UK-specific power steering programme and Vauxhall’s FlexRide adaptive damping system, are added to help make the Astra GTC a good handling car whichever road motorists choose to drive on.
The Vauxhall Astra GTC will be available in two specifications, called Sport and the higher-spec SRi. The engine range offers three petrol units and a more powerful 2.0 litre CDTi diesel.
Standard equipment includes 18" alloy wheels, a DAB stereo and USB functionality. The SRi trim adds fog lamps, tinted glass and an onboard computer.
Motorists will get another chance to see the Astra GTC in public when it makes an appearance at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show this September.
When on sale, the sporty hatchback will be available from £18,495 for the 120hp Sport 1.4 Turbo version. Pricing rises up to £22,430 for the top of the range 165hp SRi 2.0 CDTi version. A VXR version of the Astra GTC will follow sometime in 2012.
The standard Vauxhall Astra hatchback is currently available from £12,995 excluding VAT.