The fifth generation Opel Astra hatchback was revealed just last month and is set for its official debut at the 2015 International Motor Show when it opens in September. Seen here, is a test mule of the 2016 Opel Astra GSi spied by Blogo.it, that could also debut along with the standard variant at the Show.
The VW Golf GTI-rivaling Astra GSi will feature a number of additional/modified sporty elements. Under the hood, there should be the same 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine from the standard variant, but with more power and torque. This engine offers 145 hp on the standard variant. The engine upgrade should take this figure up to around 200 hp. The directly rivaling VW Golf GTI’s 1.4 TSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine offers 210 hp.
The spyshots indicate several exterior changes like larger upper grille, unique alloy wheels, grippier tyres, red brake calipers, electrically-operated sunroof, rear diffuser with a red strip and dual exhaust system with trapezoidal exhaust tips. The spyshots also reveal that the seats have red stitching on the seats and headrests. More features on the inside may include black theme interior, sports pedals, leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel and gear lever with contrasting red stitching.
More details about the 2016 Astra GSi should be released closer to its official debut.
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