If you’re an American diesel enthusiast and you’re hoping to go through your day without being depressed, don’t read this article.
Vauxhall, pronounced Opel in German, recently released images and specifications of a new engine for the Astra GTC family. That engine will be a 195 horsepower (195 PS), 2.0L BiTurbo diesel that will pack a low-revving 295 ft.-lb. (400 NM) gut punch of torque.
In the quest for better fuel economy without sacrificing the fun to drive nature of ICE engines, Opel-Vauxhall has created a powerplant that achieves 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds, a top speed of 139 mph, and a combined 53.3 mpg on the Euro-Cycle.
The unique part about the 2.0 liter BiTurbo is the dual turbo set-up. The first turbo offers 258 ft.-lbs. (350 Nm) of torque at a mere 1,500 rpm while the larger turbo spools up at 1,750-2,500 rpm to create the full 295 lb.-ft. sensation.
The starting price for the GTC BiTurbo in Great Britain will be £23,925 (that’s a hefty $37,677 USD) – a premium of £995 over the conventional GTC 2.0 CDTi (diesel) 165PS model. This engine is of course only available in the European market and in its current form does not meet emission standards for the U.S. Hopefully exciting diesels like this will make it to the North American market in the near future. Perhaps this is a glimpse of what we can expect from a diesel-powered Cruze? Let’s hope so.