Vauxhall claims that its new, UK-developed Astra GTC will be the most dynamic car in its class when it’s launched later this year.
The three-door coupé, conceived to rival the Renault Mégane coupé and Volkswagen Scirocco, has undergone extensive chassis tuning by the Vauxhall Engineering Centre at Millbrook and on UK roads.
The result, Vauxhall says, is a car that will offer “unmatched stability and handling precision”. All models feature the Insignia VXR’s sophisticated HiPer strut front suspension and a Watt’s link axle at the rear, a combination that, claims Vauxhall, reduces torque steer, improves grip and cornering power, and bolsters steering precision and feedback.
Only the door handles and roof aerial remain from the GTC’s five-door sister car. The ride height is 10mm lower, it has a 10mm longer wheelbase and the track is 40mm wider at the front and 30mm wider at the rear.
The Astra GTC also gets FlexRide adaptive damping that automatically adjusts to differing road surfaces and driving styles, with three driving modes — Standard, Sport and Tour — offered at the touch of a button.