Delta has backed up the launch of the Opel Astra 2,2 GSi with a power increase for the Astra Coupé Turbo and the addition of a sporty 1,6-litre derivative.

Delta has backed up the launch of the Opel Astra 2,2 GSi with a power increase for the Astra Coupé Turbo and the addition of a sporty 1,6-litre derivative.


CARtoday.com reported on Wednesday that the Port Elizabeth-based manufacturer had introduced a luxuriously appointed 108-kW, 2,2-litre GSi model to the local market.


But the Astra range's undisputed powerhouse, the Astra Coupé turbo, has not been overlooked. For the 2003 model year, the coupé's turbocharged and intercooled Ecotec Z20LET engine receives a power increase from 141 kW up to 147 kW at 5 600 r/min

According to the manufacturer, peak torque is now 250 N.m available from 2 000 r/min to 5 300 r/min.

Opel claims a zero to 100 km/h acceleration time of 7,5 seconds and a top speed of 245 km/h for the Coupé Turbo. Fuel consumption for the urban cycle is a claimed 12,4 l/100km and 6,7l/100km for freeway driving. "A combined fuel consumption of 8,8km/100km can be achieved," a Delta spokesman said.


The Coupé's turbocharger system consists of an exhaust manifold and turbo housing, together with other associated components, combined into a single module. That design shortens gas flow paths between the exhaust ports and the turbine.

The powerplant's engine computer system controls the turbo boost pressure (a maximum of 1,84 bar is allowed) via a wastegate and rotary valve, both integrated into the turbo module; drive by wire accelerator inputs; the mixture as indicated by the hot-film air mass meter; the sequential fuel injection, and the engine ignition timing through individual-coil direct ignition.


Also new for the 2003 model year is a refreshed black cloth trim, featuring a 'waffle weave' design. The Astra Coupé is covered by a five-year/100 000 km Opel fixed cost motoring plan and retails for R240 880.


Sporty look for 1,6-litre Astra hatch

The Astra 1,6 Sport, which retails for R143 330, has become the Astra range's new entry-level car.


"This model is aimed at mostly younger age group buyers, that want to move up from the small car class," said Malcolm Gauld, Delta Motor Corporation Sales and Marketing Director.


"The Astra 1,6 Sport features Opel's 16-valve Ecotec engine technology, five speed transmission, electro-hydraulic power steering and contemporary interior styling package common to all vehicles in the Astra range," he added.


The 1,6 Sport produces 72 kW at 6 000 r/min with maximum torque of 142 N.m at 3 600 r/min. Opel engineers quote a zero to 100 km/h acceleration time of 11,5 seconds and a maximum speed of 193 km/h for the vehicle. Fuel economy figures of 7,7 l/100 km at 120 km/h and 9,4 l/100 km in the urban cycle are claimed.

As with other models in the Opel Astra range, the 1,6 Sport comes with a five-year/100 000 km Opel fixed cost motoring plan.


Standard features for the 1,6 Sport are: driver's side airbag, seatbelt pre-tensioners, side-impact beams, disc brakes all round, remote control central door locking with speed sensor automatic locking action, ultrasonic alarm system, interior light delay, sports instrumentation package including tachometer, rear fog lamps, six speaker radio/CD combination (front loading), cup holders (front) and time/date/ambient temperature display.