Paris motor show: Opel GTC concept
The Opel GTC Paris concept has been seen in public for the first time at the Paris motor show.
The concept car from Vauxhall's sister company gives the strongest hint yet to the new VXR that will arrive late next year.
The concept rides on a wider track than the standard car, hinting at the upgraded VXR chassis and it's fitted with an electronic limited slip differential and a modified version of the company's FlexRide suspension system.
As with the current model, the designers aimed to create a coupe silhouette for this three-door hatch while retaining a decent amount of space for rear seat passengers.
Surprisingly, the GTC is four cm longer than the five-door Astra, although the short rear overhang hides this. Key sculptural features of the car include an arching roofline, a pronounced rear shoulder line and the so-called blade crease in the lower body side previously seen on the Insignia.
The concept has a 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder with stop-start and a six-speed gearbox – the production GTC will likely feature a version of this engine as well as less powerful units, including diesels.