Opel released the first shots of the highly anticipated Astra GTC, which will be unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show as a concept car. Since as it’s a concept designers were allowed to let their minds roam free, so the car is stunningly handsome and way too dramatic for a hatchback. But it’s not likely that the production model remains just as awesome.
Opel says the GTC shows the most emotional side of their design language. In fact they get a bit carried away!
Inspiration for the concept was partly derived from a quote from Richard Bach’s famous novel, Jonathan Livingston Seagull “…and the speed was pure beauty.”This phrase is embodied throughout the character of the car with dynamic sweeping lines, beautiful sculptural surfaces, and a wide muscular stance. This three-door compact is bold yet pure and is very iconic in presence. The GTC Paris is conceived to be the obtainable dream car delivering German engineered precision and innovation, matchedwith eye-popping design.
“We wanted to express the most emotional side of the Opel brand and we believe this vehicle creates an appropriate visual impact to reinforce our dynamic sporty character,” Adams said.
As a car, the GTC is 4.46 meters long and it’s a three-door hatchback which can seat five people inside. It features mechatronic FlexRide suspension and a front electronic limited slip differential. The power comes from a four-cylinder, 2.0 liter Turbo with direct injection, fitted with Start/Stop technology and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The car sits on 21-inch wheel.
So as you see the specs are too conceptish. The production version won’t get all those amazing features, that’s for sure.