Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Opel Astra facelift – New 180Hp 1.6 Turbo

European Turbo-engine frenzy consumers will surely get a kick out of Opel’s 2007 Astra as it receives a new 180Hp 1.6T motor (derived from the Meriva OPC). This engine replaces the former 175Hp 2.0 Turbo is Opel’s answer to VW Group’s new 1.4 TSI (available in 140 & 170Hp versions). In the near future it will also find it’s way into other models such as the Zafira MPV, Corsa OPC (with 200Hp) and the Vectra.

Back to the Astra, the 1.6T needs 8,2 sec for the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint and reaches a top speed of 223 km/h (139 mph). It comes equipped with a six-speed transmission and compared with the 175Hp 2.0T, total consumption is reduced by more than 13 percent to 7.7 liters per 100 km.

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