Opel Astra GSi Prototype Spotted Completely Undisguised

Following the arrival of the Insignia GSi, a faster version of the Opel Astra is also on its way, keen to take its place right on the edge of hot hatch territory.

Based on what we can see on this prototype, the car appears to be ready for production, as those fine strips of camouflage around the headlights and taillights do absolutely nothing to hide the car’s exterior design.

Speaking of design, both the front and rear bumpers remind us of those on the recently-unveiled Insignia GSi. They do look a bit more sporty and less elegant than on the Insignia, but the similarities are hard to miss.

Inside, we can expect sports seats, and perhaps even a flat-bottom steering wheel and aluminum pedals, just like on the flagship Insignia.

Still, the main question that everyone wants answered when it comes to the Astra GSi is how much power will it put down? Are we to expect that it will use the same 2.0-liter turbocharged unit from the Insignia GSi? If so, 260 PS (252 HP) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque sound pretty good in a compact 5-door.

It would also give it a proper amount of power to take on direct rivals like the VW Golf GTI or the Ford Focus ST, where the latter packs 250 PS (246 HP) of its own. However, without the Insignia GSi’s advanced all-wheel drive system, the front-wheel driven Astra would need further calibration in order to handle an extra 60 horses while keeping understeer in check – the current flagship version puts down 200 PS.

While we can’t be sure how soon the new Astra GSi will be unveiled, judging by how naked this prototype is, it’s not going to be a long wait.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops


  • Marcos Drawer

    Waiting for the a new Astra OPC…

    • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

      there is NO OPC in this generation the GSI has replaced it !

      • Vassilis

        But the GSi is warm, not hot.

        • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

          but Vauxhall PSA made it very clear there will not be a current generation OPC

          • Vassilis

            Oh really did they? That’s a shame.

  • Knotmyrealname

    It’s really strange how or why they camo’ed the edges of the panels that mate with the lights.

  • Spurious Squirrel

    Hmmm why the steel wheels, doesn’t bode well for a big brake set up, is this not a milder tune hatch, say SRi type equivalent?

    • LWOAP

      I’m pretty certain that’s not going on the production car.

      • Spurious Squirrel

        I get that it will have alloys, the fact is 16″ steelies fit over the brakes meaning average diameter rotors/discs which indicate not much more than 200bhp

        • Salih Ahzem

          Very much true.

  • sidewaysspin

    No way! A flat bottom steering wheel? I bet it’ll also have a ‘Sport’ button.

  • Vassilis

    Finally the Astra is warming up!

  • Im not a fan of those exhaust pipes..