GM’s New Opel Astra TCR is A Serious Piece Of Kit For $100k
Designed to compete in the new Touring Car Racing series, the new Opel Astra TCR was revealed a few days ago at the Jules Tacheny circuit in Belgium. It’s nominally based on the new five-door Astra, but is designed to tackle the racetrack. At its heart is a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four producing 330 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, figures dictated per series rules by its 2,645-pound curb weight.
Power is transmitted through the front wheels and a six-speed sequential gearbox. It’s all kept in check by 378-millimeter brakes with six-piston calipers up front and 265-mm rotors in the back with two-piston clamps – the balance of which can be adjusted on the fly from the cockpit.
The Astra TCR (previewed back in August) also features a fully adjustable suspension and aggressive downforce-generating aerodynamics, but no ABS or ESP. It comes ready to race right out the box for a pre-tax price of €95,000, or about $110k in American dollars. Which might seem like a lot for an Astra, but comes across as a small price to pay for such a serious piece of competition machinery.