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The Astra High Performance Concept will be shown at the Paris Motor Show. It is based on the Astra GTC and hints of what to expect of high-performance Astras.

The Astra High Performance Concept was developed by engineers at the International Technical Development Center (ITDC) in Rüsselsheim in close cooperation with the OPC (Opel Performance Center) team.

This concept car will probably become the next Astra OPC, which will rival cars such as the new Golf GTI and Renault Megane Sport.

Under the bonnet is a 2.0-liter turbo engine. The Astra High Performance Concept has a power output of 176kW while torque is a whopping 310 Nm.

It will dash from 0-100km/h in under seven seconds while top speed is 240km/h.

The impressive power hidden behind the top performer's exterior is apparent at first glance thanks to design features such as the front section which has a more muscular appearance than the standard Astra GTC.

Its look is defined by a much wider and lower air intake, a honeycomb grille as well as a bumper with a clearly accentuated spoiler lip and integrated fog lamps.

The rear of the Astra High Performance Concept looks as powerful as the front. It features two side cutouts with a lattice structure, a dual exhaust system with tailpipes installed left and right, and a distinctive roof spoiler.

The sporty look is complimented by large 19-inch alloy wheels.


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