Vauxhall GTC Paris Concept
From Vauxhall press: Vauxhall’s GTC Paris Concept gives the strongest hint yet to the Astra Sport Hatch’s successor and is set to cause a stir when it receives its debut at the Paris Motor Show.
Mark Adams, Vauxhall/Opel’s Vice President of Design, has described the GTC Paris as, ‘bold, pure and iconic’ in its appearance. Vauxhall has hinted that a production version will not stray far from the rakish lines of the concept, and if the GTC moniker were to be adopted, it would be the first time that a Vauxhall has been so named.
The GTC Paris is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine producing 290PS. Hinting at the power that may be achievable in a top line model, such as a VXR-badged car, the engine will be fitted with a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection, along with double cam-phasing and twin balancer shafts. Start/Stop technology, which has just started to appear on other Vauxhall models, enhances economy and emissions without compromising performance.
Power is directed to the GTC’s front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox, with an electronic limited slip differential ensuring that power is deployed efficiently for optimum traction.