Posts Tagged "astra"

Automatic Fail?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Road Tests

Opel’s new Astra sedan looks like it’s a car of the era. Boasting modern styling, a tiny turbocharged petrol engine for fuel economy, and most of the trends we’ve now accepted as “must-haves” inside as well, it ought to be a car ready to take on all comers in 2014.

With one glaring exception in the case of this particular car. An example of when borrowing from the parts-bin of your parent company might not be as brilliant an idea as first thought…

Read the full road test of the Opel Astra 1.4T right here.

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Launched – Opel Astra OPC.

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Launches, Road Tests

The new SuperBoss? Really?

It’s been a long time coming, but at last the new Opel Astra OPC has hit SA shores to take the hot-hatch fight to the established big-hitters once more. A quick glance at the headline figures suggests this latest tarmac-shredder from Opel’s go-faster division has all the right credentials to depose even hot-hatch legends like the Megane Trophy and defunct Focus RS.

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Just Warming Up

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Road Tests

Tested – Opel Astra GTC 1.6T Sport


The compact hatch-based sports-coupe isn’t exactly an all-new niche. VW has actually been making a Scirocco or similar for a really long time, and just about all of the recognised hot-hatches either come with 3 doors as standard or have a 3-door body available at the very least. Except for Ford with the new Focus ST, but that’s just plain weird, and we expect the company to rectify this shortcoming soon.

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Tested – Opel Astra GTC 1.4T Enjoy

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Road Tests

Trojan horse.

Certainly sleek and sexy the Astra GTC.


If you could liken the Astra range to the small band of hardened warriors around which the movie 300 revolved, this Astra GTC would be the King Leonidas of the assemblage. That little bit harder, sleeker, and more focussed than the others, all similarly endowed with generous amounts of heart and sinew, but this particular range-topper just that slight but tangible step above the rest in sheer ability.

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News: Opel Astra OPC/Vauxhall Astra VXR

Posted by on Nov 7, 2011 in Drive News

The fastest, and most powerful Astra ever built, is finally seeing the light of day. Known in the U.K as the Vauxhall Astra VXR, but locally as the Opel Astra OPC, the all new Astra hot hatch is set to go on sale in 2012.

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