Deep inside the Vauxhall Opel headquarters, the next generation Astra GTC (or VXR for you Brits out there) is coming to fruiting, getting ready to compete with the new Ford Focus ST and Renaultsport Megane for the European hot hatch crown. And despite the very solid competition, GM Europe thinks it has the recipe to create the best hot hatch on the market.
From a design perspecitve, the Astra will be a three door rumored to use styling cues from the Opel GTC concept, which includes the sharp crease that extends from the door handles all the way to the taillights, integrated roof spoiler, and a small rear diffuser. The high-output Astra will also feature a body kit and aggressive wheels to give it an even more aggressive stance and appearance.
Power will come from a turbocharged 4-cylinder ECOTEC producing “just shy” of 300 HP, that will more than likely be channeled solely to the front wheels, as the Delta II platform is not capable of an all-wheel-drive configuration in its present form. The chassis will utilize a mechanical limited-slip differential and GM’s unique HiPer Strut front suspension system to help reduce torque steer and improve steering feel.
Expect the Opel Astra GTC to make its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with speculation putting the Vauxhall-badged variant at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show a little over a year from now.