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2010-09-08 14:50
This bold concept of the new Opel Astra GTC will be shown at the upcoming Paris auto show.

It's called the GTC Paris and is said to be the result of a statement first uttered by Opel’s vice-president of design, Mark Adams.

“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.

To this end, the concept is a confluence of sharp lines and creases with a fair amount of brushed aluminium accents. The front shows off Opel’s signature crease running down the middle of the bonnet and de rigueur LED daytime running lights within chrome inserts are also visible.

Viewed from behind, the wide stance is most imposing, particularly with the bold rectangular tail pipes in full view.

Beneath the metal, the chassis has been adapted to accommodate the car’s wider track with an updated version of Opel’s adaptive Flex Ride suspension. The front axle has an electronic limited-slip differential.

The GTC Paris is powered by a four-cylinder, two-litre turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

The concept is fitted with stop/start technology, although any fuel-saving benefits will likely be negated by its huge 21" wheels.

GTC Paris will be displayed alongside the Astra Sports Tourer at the show which will open to the public on October 2.

Wheels24 will be at the show to bring you the latest coverage.


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