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Opel GTC Paris Concept: New Mega Photo Gallery and Specs, Including Details on 290HP 2.0L Turbo

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Unlike certain other automakers - Ford, BMW and Lamborghini, we're talking about you- GM's Opel / Vauxhall division is cutting to the chase by releasing full intel and a ton of photos of its sleek looking GTC Paris Concept, a week ahead of its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show. Bravo for them.

For the most part, Opel's study is a thinly veiled concept of next year's sporty three-door Astra hatch, which will carry the GTC tag. On top of that, the concept's aggressive details such as the styling of the bumpers and the large wheels (style- and not 21-inch size-wise) strongly hint at the OPC version.

Same goes for the Astra-sourced interior that we see here for the very first time. Highlights include the sporty bucket front seats and a flat-bottomed racing steering wheel with metal inserts, both of which are expected to make their way on the new OPC.

Last but certainly not least, Opel announced that the concept's 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbo-charged four-cylinder engine with direct injection and Start/stop tech produces a mouth watering 290-horsepower channeled to the front-wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. A limited slip differential [supposedly] helps limit wheel spin and balance power delivery between the front wheels.

From what we've heard, there's a good chance the 2.0-liter turbo will produce a similar output in the production GTC OPC that will rival both the VW Scirocco R and Golf R models.

Scroll down for full details in the official press release.


Press Release:

World Premiere: The Opel GTC Paris: A Concept Car Showcasing Passionate Motion

Paris/Rüsselsheim. The GTC Paris concept car embodies the passionate side of Opel: Its role is to show how Opel can "dial up" the brand's now established design direction by creating a very sporty and emotional interpretation.

The GTC Paris is designed to be artistically sculpted using sweeping dynamic lines. At the same time, it is engineered with German precision and energized with technical innovation, like a 2.0 liter Turbo gasoline engine with direct injection, a new execution of the fully adaptive FlexRide suspension and an limited slip differential in the front.

This three-door sporty hatch is pure but sporty, simple but expressive and at the same time bold and iconic. Keeping in line with Opel's DNA, it is an achievable dream car, conceived to showcase an energized brand. This energy is also conveyed by the vibrant and expressive Liquid Metal Red exterior color.

Coming close on the heels of the new generation Astra Sports Tourer which will also debut at the Paris motor show, the GTC Paris is how Opel envisions the next logical step of a newly shaped line-up.

Exterior design: Muscular lines like tendons on a sprinter

At 4.46 meters, the GTC Paris is the ideal size for a compact, sporty car, which still offers room for five. In profile, the designers have maximized drama by limiting the amount of lines in the GTC Paris. Three strong lines create tension and provide a sculpted shape. The Opel signature blade is introduced in the same direction as first seen in the Insignia -- a fine, crisp line that sweeps upward from the rocker at the beginning of the front door. A second line encapsulates the door handle and sweeps to the rear, emphasizing the vehicle's dramatic stance by spreading the surfaces to a fine undercut and a broad shoulder. The third line following the silhouette of the roof is finished in finely brushed aluminum accentuating the window graphic, which guides the eye to the sharply accented integrated spoiler.

The shoulder section is the most dramatic area of the Opel GTC Paris. The broadest point pulls down to a wide athletic "bulldog stance," giving the car a very purposeful road presence. The line from the C-pillar slides into the tail and curls around into the rear spoiler, which is ingeniously integrated into the continuing roof line.

The clean frontal styling features Opel's typical centerline crease. It is further accented by intense, very slim eagle-eye shaped headlamps acting as parenthesis between the refined chrome emblem bar and the dramatic low trapezoidal grill which hints at its sporty character. Opel typical wing-shaped signature LED daytime running lights get a new twist with finely sculptured chrome jewels that are seen easily behind clear glass. The trapezoidal grille is recognizably Opel, but separate from the chrome bar and placed lower, for a race track feel.

The wide stance is accentuated in the rear, where the proportion of the vehicle is most imposing due to the powerful shoulder design. This is further enhanced with the LED taillights and one long stretched "wing" motif, which make the new Opel vehicles distinguishable at night.

The aerodynamics of the dynamic 21-inch wheels is optimized with carbon-fiber inserts which enclose the center caps.

Purposeful driver's cockpit

Echoing the flowing, sculpted forms of the bodywork, the hallmarks of the GTC Paris interior are sweeping lines and shapes as well as the bold use of fabric. The interior is driver-focused, with a positive/negative use of color: Whereas the driver's seat is red with black trim, all other components in the interior are outfitted in a charcoal black with red stitching. The car's inspiration, a quote from Richard Bach's novel, Jonathon Livingstone Seagull is laser-etched in calligraphy script into the seat … "and the speed was pure beauty."

Sporty, bucket front seats have been specially designed for the GTC Paris. Their aggressively shaped contours and graphics perfectly compliment the overall dynamic spirit of the car are outlined in titanium and filled in with black netting, repeating a design cue seen on the carbon fiber inserts on the wheels.

The small black leather racing steering wheel features metal inserts. On the dashboard, the interior continues Opel's recurring "wing" and "blade" motifs. In this execution, the blade theme is expressed in details like the shape of the polished chrome door grab handles and the trim for gearshift molding. The wing design cue is immediately evident in the warm, inviting wraparound instrument panel that embraces front seat occupants. It arcs across the cabin into the top of the door moldings.

The Opel design team used leather and micro-fibers for the seats, plush carpeting on the flooring, and a textured black instrument panel. These classic materials have a contemporary twist, not only in the choice of hues but also in the positive/negative stitching.

German Engineering Packs Powerful Punch with 213 kW/290 hp 2.0 liter Turbo

In line with Opel's strategy to turbo-charge for efficient performance, the GTC Paris is powered by a small displacement, twin-scroll turbo-charged four-cylinder with direct injection - a range-topping 2.0-liter Turbo equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. . This punchy engine packs 213 kW/290 hp. Double camshaft phasing and twin balance shafts provide the basis of the engine's impressive performance data. In addition, an Limited Slip Differential helps control traction without limiting the torque of this state-of-the-art turbo engine.

Yet with all this performance, environmental responsibility is not forgotten: Start/Stop technology keeps emissions and noise down in the urban traffic. This keeps the GTC Paris frugal without diminishing its sporty character.

Innovative technology enhances performance

The best of Opel's compact car technology is brought to its sportiest level on this concept car. The chassis has a special design with an extra-wide stance for best possible performance and handling. In addition to the front limited slip differential, it has a compound crank with an Opel-exclusive Watt's Link in the rear, and a new execution of the adaptive mechatronic
FlexRide suspension..

The compound crank rear axle enhanced with the cleverly positioned Watt's link enables the crisp handling and high comfort that is being celebrated on the current Astra. Keeping the advantages of size, weight and overall efficiency of the compound crank rear axle layout over a classical multi-link design, the architecture with its additional Watt's link better supports lateral forces on the suspension while cornering. It also makes the car dynamic and agile without compromising on stability and comfort.

The GTC Paris also features the FlexRide adaptive suspension system, which continuously adapts to changes in driving style and cornering speed. Apart from a more rewarding driving experience, FlexRide also offers safety benefits in emergency situations as it enhances the vehicle stability in all circumstances.

Together features like these allow the sporty compact GTC Paris concept to make best use of the power and energy conveyed by its design.

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15 Comments:

Bojan said... »September 23, 2010

Beautiful, and with 290 hp under the hood, lethal.
Glad to hear about LSD, the first gen GTC should have had one, at least as an option.

Anonymous said... »September 23, 2010

A 5 door Auto Diesel would be Hot in black...

Jan said... »September 24, 2010

Nice. I wonder what price tag is being tabled.

Anonymous said... »September 24, 2010

Woah....amazing!

Braddo said... »September 24, 2010

wow to think we could of had this in Australia, but noooooo, we get the fabulous Holden Cruze. A crappy ugly shite Korean Daewoo... I sure hope these come to us as an Opel...

Anonymous said... »September 24, 2010

xl, xl... Now, that is what we must call a hot hatch.

I love the wheels, the wheel arches, both front and rear lights, and the overall fascia...And I noticed that driver's seat and the one on the right have different color combinations, it is a nice thing to do...

Anonymous said... »September 24, 2010

definitely a looker...a lot of automakers are going to be taking notice of this one. could be one of GM's silver bullets.

Anonymous said... »September 24, 2010

If GM does not bring this to the US as a Buick, as they are doing with other Opel products, they need their head examined. This is what Buick needs to attract the younger customers that GM wants.

john m said... »September 24, 2010

This car is stunning. Very nice inside and out. I hope too that GM brings this over as a Buick. In addition, I think that GM should put this new engine in the Buick Regal GS. I'm guessing it's the new Ecotech engine?

Anonymous said... »September 24, 2010

beautiful inside & outside! sure hope this makes it to australia

Anonymous said... »September 24, 2010

Pure awesomeness!

Europa said... »September 24, 2010

Would have made a great Saturn.

Rick said... »September 24, 2010

If GM (all domestics) put those size wheels and that ride height to their suspension on sporty models, they'd sell a lot more cars. They ruin the cars when they come over for Europe. Dumb them down for what is perceived as; fat, lazy Americans.

That's why I buy German.

Anonymous said... »September 24, 2010

Oh? The US isn't getting this either huh? What a surprise. It's TOO cool for us Americans. Plus it has only 2 doors! Imagine that!

Anonymous said... »March 06, 2011

Its an Opel and i think GM should stop selling their stuff under different Brands
on topic 290 hp and looks like this i want one..

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