LONDON, England - A new Opel Astra GTC is now available in Europe with an all-new 155kW 1.6 engine that can take it to 230km/h.GMSA says the car "is under consideration" for sale in South Africa.First seen in the Cascada convertible, the four-cylinder unit allows the GTC to reach 100km/h in 7.3sec and achieve a top speed of 230km/h, making it the fastest non-VXR model in the Astra range.Peak power and torque are up by 30% over the previous 1.6 turbo yet fuel consumption of 5.5 litres/100km on the Euro combined test - a 13% reduction - and emissions of 154g/km.ADD AN INTELLILINKThe new engine, Opel says, brings sector-leading refinement to the Astra GTC range. "It is the only unit in its class to have two balancing shafts for smooth running and a number of sound engineering measures have been made to reduce noise, vibration and harshness.An extra R15 000 on the (UK) vehicle price of about R350 000 will add an Intellilink infotainment system that includes satellite navigation, voice control, Bluetooth phone connection and audio connectivity, picture viewer and Gracenote album art, all through a high-resolution 18cm touch screen.This top-of-the-range Navi 950 IntelliLink contains street-level mapping with updates downloadable via USB. Drivers can also have incoming text messages read to them and integrating their smart phone's voice recognition functions.'GAUNTLET IS DOWN'Opel's UK's (Vauxhall) Stuart Harris said: “We’ve strengthened our Astra GTC offering with a strong and powerful 1.6-litre petrol engine and the cutting-edge Intellilink infotainment system."We're really throwing down the gauntlet to UK coupe-sector rivals with these enhancements."A check to see if a version of the car will become available in South Africa has yet to receive an answer.