Most powerful non-VXR Astra launched; prices start from £20,995
Darren Moss
7 January 2014

The Vauxhall Astra GTC is now available with a new 1.6-litre engine producing 197bhp.

The four-cylinder, direct-injection petrol engine is the same unit used in the Vauxhall Cascada convertible, and comes with 221lb ft of torque. Vauxhall says that when equipped with the new engine option, the Astra GTC becomes the most powerful non-VXR model in the Astra range. 

Equipped with the 1.6-litre option, the GTC has a top speed of 143mph and can reach 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds. By comparison, the current Astra VXR achieve the same benchmark in 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph.

The new engine features engineering improvements to reduce noise, vibrations and harshness as well as twin balancer shafts for smoother running.

Vauxhall says that both power and torque have increased by up to 30 per cent over the outgoing turbocharged 1.6-litre Astra GTC, while the model has improved economy and emissions figures, at 51mpg and 154g/km respectively.

The manufacturer is also introducing its Intellilink infotainment system to the Astra GTC range, priced from £855. The system features satellite navigation and Bluetooth audio functions shown on a seven-inch touchscreen display.

The 1.6-litre Astra GTC is available to order now, with prices starting at £20,995 and with deliveries expected in the spring.

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7 January 2014
On a Petrol 4 cylinder. Interesting.

7 January 2014
Had them on my 2.4 Accord back in 2002....

7 January 2014
But this must be a first for a 1.6 litre four. Figures sound impressive especially given the slight added friction of the balancer shafts,

7 January 2014
"By comparison, the current Astra VXR covers the same distance in 5.9 seconds"

O-60mph is not a measurement of distance.

7 January 2014
just observing it isn't the norm.but a quick google shows there are a few applications, including from GM in the past.
Added weight and cost to think about, but should be good.

7 January 2014
200 hp and 51 mpg combined are good numbers. Will it go in the 5 door Astra too?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

7 January 2014
Well done Vauxhall. Sounds great, screw diesel. Now stick engine that in a new VX220.




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