New Opel Astra BiTurbo Hatchback: The Spicy One

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    New Opel Astra BiTurbo Hatchback: The Spicy One

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    2016-05-11

    - Powerful: 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI with 118 kW/160 hp
    - Major plus-point: Maximum 350 Nm torque from only 1,500 rpm
    - Agile and efficient combination: Lightweight architecture and latest diesel technology



    Rüsselsheim. If you are the kind of person who likes hot chili sauce on his toast and you are in the market for a sensible yet spicy five-door hatchback, the Opel Astra with the all-new 1.6-liter BiTurbo diesel engine is the car for you (NEDC combined cycle fuel consumption: 4.1-4.0 l/100 km; 109-106g/km CO2). The Astra 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds; accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h in 7.5 seconds; and keeps loping on to a maximum speed of 220 km/h. This blend of high performance and modest fuel consumption makes the twin-turbo Astra one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the compact class.

    In addition to outstanding fuel efficiency, flexibility (or pulling power) is the major plus-point of the top-of-the-line 118 kW/160 hp engine. The maximum 350 Newton meters of torque are available at only 1,500 rpm. In combination with low mass – the new Astra is up to 200 kg lighter than the previous model – and good throttle response, the BiTurbo gains speed quickly from low rpm. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the four-cylinder engine with sequential, two-stage turbocharging revs smoothly and progressively up to the maximum power output at 4,000 rpm. The engine is also very refined, making the Astra’s passenger compartment a particularly quiet, comfortable and roomy space in which to travel.

    “When we launched the Astra last year, its combination of space, equipment, comfort and connectivity shook up the competition in the compact class”, says Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel CEO. “The new Astra is one of the lightest cars in its segment and with the new 1.6-liter twin-turbo engine, few cars can match the BiTurbo’s unique blend of power, performance, refinement and fuel economy.”

    An all-new lightweight architecture provides the basis for both the five-door Astra hatchback and the Sports Tourer. Smartphone integration and the groundbreaking personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar enable ultra-modern connectivity. The Astra also continues Opel’s tradition of bringing features previously only available in higher market segments into the compact class, such as IntelliLux LED® matrix lights.

    These qualities have already won the Astra many prizes. In addition to the 2016 European Car Of The Year title, the new Astra has picked up international awards such as SAFETYBEST 2015 and the 2015 Golden Steering Wheel. It also received the maximum five stars for its performance in the Euro NCAP crash test. The Astra BiTurbo hatchback is a winner of important comparison tests in the automotive media too. In Germany, Auto Zeitung headlined, “Opel Astra beats the premium league” after the new Astra’s victory over the Mercedes A 220d and BMW 118d (edition 10/2016); and Europe’s biggest car magazine, AutoBild (edition 17/2016) announced that the Opel Astra “even leaves BMW behind.”

    Prices for the new five-door Astra 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI begin at a very attractive € 27,310.




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    Re: New Opel Astra BiTurbo Hatchback: The Spicy One

    Could of been a hot Buick.
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    Re: New Opel Astra BiTurbo Hatchback: The Spicy One

    Quote Originally Posted by Mentat Bashar View Post
    Could of been a hot Buick.
    It's already done.




    A rebadged Astra hatchback isn't new for Buick. The last generation Buick Astra:





    A lot of OPC parts, but Buick didn't offered the real thing in China.

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    Re: New Opel Astra BiTurbo Hatchback: The Spicy One

    Funny how the Chinese even get hotter models than we do at GM's displays. Slacks and pantsuits ruled the day this past NAIAS.

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    Re: New Opel Astra BiTurbo Hatchback: The Spicy One

    If the Verano can't survive in the US market, there's no way a Buick hot hatch could either. I have literally never seen a Verano turbo on the street. Did anyone buy one?
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    Re: New Opel Astra BiTurbo Hatchback: The Spicy One

    Quote Originally Posted by Mentat Bashar View Post
    Could of been a hot Buick.
    It's going to be a hot Chevy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Accardi View Post
    It's going to be a hot Chevy
    Maybe a hot Cadillac too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mentat Bashar View Post
    Maybe a hot Cadillac too?
    hehehehe...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CamaroCrazy View Post
    If the Verano can't survive in the US market, there's no way a Buick hot hatch could either. I have literally never seen a Verano turbo on the street. Did anyone buy one?
    Actually see them all the time here in Richmond, Va.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mentat Bashar View Post
    Maybe a hot Cadillac too?
    The basics are there. In the AutoBild test the Astra won because of the better engine, fuel economy, driving dynamics, steering, shifting, braking and seats. That would be a good start for a Cadillac.

    BMW was better in the fit and finish part, but it was much closer as the price difference of €6,000 suggest. Give Cadillac €3,000 more on the interior part and a sporty look, and we hopefully have a winner here.

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    [QUOTE=Toto;6206625]The basics are there. In the AutoBild test the Astra won because of the better engine, fuel economy, driving dynamics, steering, shifting, braking and seats. That would be a good start for a Cadillac./QUOTE]

    No. Another entry in the SUV or CUV category would be a good start for Cadillac. Americans buy luxury CUVs and SUVs. They don't buy hot hatches. Period. Cadillac would be ABSOLUTELY INSANE to continue to ignore the conquest sales and obscene margins in the CUV and SUV marketplace and introduce yet another vehicle - oops, CAR - guaranteed not to sell. Like this for instance. Are you people on crack?

    Oops. I forgot. It's GM. So when is it coming out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toto View Post
    The basics are there. In the AutoBild test the Astra won because of the better engine, fuel economy, driving dynamics, steering, shifting, braking and seats. That would be a good start for a Cadillac.

    BMW was better in the fit and finish part, but it was much closer as the price difference of €6,000 suggest. Give Cadillac €3,000 more on the interior part and a sporty look, and we hopefully have a winner here.
    it seems that in just about every European magazine, the Golf and Focus get the nod for driving dynamics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by supraracer View Post
    it seems that in just about every European magazine, the Golf and Focus get the nod for driving dynamics?
    Astra has been off that pace for decades - but the new one is up with the best.

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    Re: New Opel Astra BiTurbo Hatchback: The Spicy One

    What a nice looking car. Too bad GM doesn't have the vision to bring it here.

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    A hatch, a diesel and a manual transmission. If I ever get to Europe or China, I will check it out.
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