GREAT TURBO COUPE: The Opel OPC for beginners

BY DARREN JOHN - JULY 24, 2014

After having been pleasantly surprised with the Opel Meriva that we were loaned by General Motors South Africa last month, I was completely blown away by the vehicle they entrusted me with this month – the new Opel Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo Sport!

On the day it arrived, our office staff rushed outside to catch a glimpse of the car whose engine we had heard coming down the driveway. The GTC stood outside like a fine-tuned Olympic runner – waiting for the starting pistol...

The GTC’s styling is stunning to say the least. It is shorter and lower than a standard Astra, has two doors and a hatch. Its sleek lines and subtle exterior design complement each other so perfectly that you’ll find yourself getting lost in its beauty if you are not careful.

On the inside, the build quality and attention to detail are astounding. I felt as if I was in another of the top-end German luxury sports hatches and had to keep reminding myself that this was indeed an Opel! The wrap around look and feel of the cabin is fantastic and the seats feel as if they are hugging you in place!

The GTC comes fully-loaded with everything you’d expect from a vehicle of its capabilities. From Halogen headlights, 18” wheels, multi-function leather steering wheel, heated front seats, climate control, hill start assist, rain sensor wiper, electronic park brake, cruise control, USB port, Bluetooth to ABS, ESP, EBD and ISOFIX child seat anchorage – and that’s just for starters.

Unbelievably, our GTC 1.6 Turbo Sport produces 132 kW of power and 230 N.m of torque, all at a claimed 6.8l / 100km – impressive results all round!

In conclusion, owning a GTC makes no sense on a practical level, but if you want to enjoy every moment you spend on the road, make all your friends jealous, meet new people and get the kids to behave in order to be taken for a spin once in a while – this is the car for you!

For more information on the Astra GTC, visit www.opel.co.za. You can also call 082 825 5477 for a test drive today!