Through 2016, Opel is introducing a new Ecotec engine family into its vehicles. It first started with an all-new SIDI (spark ignition, direct injection) 1.6L turbocharged engine that made its debut in the new Opel Cascada convertible. And now that same engine is to be found in the rakish Opel Astra GTC hot-hatch.
Pushing 170 horsepower and 191.7 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque, the new engine pushes out 22 percent more twisting force than the outgoing 1.6L turbo mill, while efficiently consuming a combined cycle rating of 6.1 liters fuel per 100 km (a 15 percent reduction) when equipped to a six-speed manual transmission and Start/Stop technology and emits 143 g/km CO2.
Being of the turbocharged variety, the new engine’s peak torque is available between 1,650 and 3,200 rpm and offers up to 280 Nm due to an overboost function, which comes in handy when passing. The power is also enough to push the Astra GTC from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.6 seconds and sprints from 80 to 120 km/h in 9.3 seconds in fifth gear.
The Opel Astra GTC with the new 1.6 SIDI Turbo is available with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and can be ordered now for an entry-level price of 23,850 euros (RRP incl. VAT in Germany).