2005 Opel Astra GTC

2005 Opel Astra GTC
Front Right View

Just like Ford with the Focus, Opel has injected some sex appeal into the cheapest version of its big selling Astra sub-compact. The GTC (for Gran Turismo Compact) is a sleek three-door hatch that has a 0.6-inch lower roofline and unique sheet metal to differentiate it from its five-door sibling. The so-called Panorama windshield option is a unique feature that survives from the concept car shown at the 2003 Geneva motor show: the windshield effectively extends all the way back to the B-post to give the impression of a much airier cabin.

Side View

Front Side View

At launch, the GTC has a choice of five gasoline and three common-rail diesel engines, ranging from a 90 hp 1.4-liter in-line four to a 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four. Later on, a hot 230 hp turbo will join the lineup. Exemplifying how sophisticated European small cars are becoming, the GTC is available with an adaptive electronic damping system that has a driver switchable sport mode that also sharpens throttle and steering responses. With automatic and manu-matic transmissions, the shift points are also modified.

Rear Left View

Front Interior View

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