NCAP Value: 5
Insurance Group: 16E
Fuel Economy (Combined): 47.9mpg
Car Tax: £130
The designer’s dream made reality. With a choice of models, from effortlessly sporty to positively engaging. Brilliantly in tune with your driving emotions, GTC takes Vauxhall’s dynamic performance mindset to the limit, with striking details and an unashamedly full-on attitude. Available in solid two coat power red, summit white and flaming yellow, or two coat metallic seashell, flip chip silver, deep sky blue, silver lake and carbon flash, or two coat pearlescent blue buzz, asteroid grey and emerald green. GTC: never have three small letters promised so much excitement. GTC’s interior takes its cue from the athletic lines of the body – enhanced by an equally dynamic choice of fabrics, trims and colours. From dark galvanised silvanus cloth, jet black imola cloth/morrocana trim, morrello red imola cloth/morrocana trim, jet black leather ergonomic sport seat, jet black track cloth/morrocana trim, and jet black leather/morrocana trim ergonomic sport seat. Those ground-hugging lines and powerfully sculpted alloys provide a clear pointer to the car’s innate sporting potential – a potential borne out by driver-focused dynamics and precision sports chassis and epitomised by the BiTurbo model. With its drop-dead styling, race-bred interior, a bespoke chassis developed at the renowned Nürburgring and electrifying performance from a 280PS 2.0 litre turbocharged direct injection engine, it’s sure to deliver the kind of driving experience that more than lives up to the VXR name. The GTC’s pure and overtly sporting exterior receives a powerful echo throughout the interior’s strong lines, with defined textures, unique GTC sports detailing and unashamedly proud contours. Premium quality design cues combine with advanced features to create a sporty yet spacious driving environment guaranteed to invigorate your whole driving experience. With a bespoke sports chassis, specifically tuned to the demands of UK roads. Featuring HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) front suspension and Watt’s link rear set-up. The HiPerStrut system improves grip and allows more power to be applied during cornering, significantly reducing torque steer; the Watt’s link reduces lateral movement at high speed for a smooth and stable ride. The GTC BiTurbo features an uprated sports chassis that rides 6mm lower. Optional FlexRide adds even greater precision to the GTC driving experience. Just the mere touch of a button changes the whole driving dynamic to taut sporting excitement or relaxed long distance cruising. Poised, engaging and precise, the GTC chassis establishes the agile, spirited feel that characterises the car as a whole. Better still, the suspension has been carefully tuned to suit the specific demands of UK road surfaces, using specialist input from renowned chassis experts. Front-wheel drive cars with powerful engines place excessive demands on conventional McPherson strut front suspension systems. Under heavy acceleration – especially in tight bends – front traction is compromised, resulting in torque steer which can affect the car’s stability. The compact HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) system – already seen in Insignia VXR – isolates the steering from the effects of engine torque, boosting steering precision and grip. It also improves handling and enhances ride quality. The compact Watt’s link rear suspension delivers the stability benefits of multi-link systems without their weight and space penalties. With a mere touch of a button, this optional feature allows you to change the GTC’s whole driving dynamics – from ‘Sport’ to ‘Tour’ and back again. Using Continuous Damping Control technology, FlexRide automatically adjusts the dampers for excellent grip. In ‘Tour’ mode, it chooses the best settings for gentler straight-line driving. Switch to ‘Sport’ mode and it instantly sharpens the response of the speed-sensitive steering, accelerator and automatic transmission (if fitted). It also changes the colour of the ambient instrument lighting – from a cool white to a more dynamic red effect.
The GTC not only looks great but is terrific to drive and offers superb fuel economy and performance without the need to make concessions on driving dynamics. The new 1.6CDTi 110PS and 136PS ecoFLEX ‘Whisper diesel’ units boast among the lowest vehicle CO2 emissions in their class, with fuel-saving Start/Stop technology helping to reduce such figures to as little as 111g/km. So not only do you save money on Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) and lower company car taxation but the improved fuel economy means you’ll save on your fuel bills too. Car of the Year 2012, is an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) that can drive up to 50 miles on battery power alone and over 300 miles utilising an on‑board electric generator system. But then it’s not just our cars that can help you save money. You can help yourself by simply adopting smarter driving techniques. Smooth throttle control, changing gear at around 2000rpm when accelerating and lifting off the accelerator earlier in order to slow your vehicle down, all contribute to efficient motoring. GTC drivers can now choose from nine powerful yet efficient turbocharged engines – each matched to a slick six-speed transmission or – on selected power units – a six-speed automatic. The 195PS BiTurbo diesel Start/Stop engine develops an impressive 400Nm and features two staged turbochargers that work together in series to eliminate turbo lag. There are also two new Euro 6 compliant ‘Whisper diesels’ – a 1.6CDTi ecoFLEX common rail unit developing 110PS or 136PS and with emissions as low as 111g/km. Or the highly flexible Euro 5 2.0CDTi common rail turbo diesel, good for an impressive 165PS. Petrol engine choices include an all Euro 6 compliant line-up – a free-revving 120PS or 140PS 1.4i Turbo and a new 1.6i Direct Injection Turbo Start/Stop, producing an uncompromising 200PS. With power comes responsibility. So GTC also features Vauxhall’s cutting edge Start/Stop fuel saving and emissions reduction technology. The innovative system switches the engine off when you stop at the lights or in traffic, then restarts it automatically once the clutch is depressed. A wide range of in-built safety checks ensures total peace-of-mind in all circumstances. It’s fitted to all manual GTC models. The GTC features an enhanced, fourth generation of the Adaptive Forward Lighting System. The AFL headlights change their pattern to suit the location and the weather. Sensing where you need the light most, they can even see round corners. And if something is coming the other way, they dip automatically. Available as part of the Driving Assistance Pack when AFL is also specified, ILR extends the range of both headlights up to about 350 metres at speeds over 30mph. ILR also automatically adjusts the spread to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers. And if you’re approaching an upward gradient, it’ll even raise the beam to give you a better view of the road. GTC combines advanced electronic options with proven safety features like front, side and curtain airbags and reinforced passenger safety cell with pre-defined deformation zones. Select the Driving Assistance Pack option featuring the innovative front camera system and the GTC will read the speed limit signs and display a reminder on the facia, helping you keep safe and legal. Leave your lane without a signal and it can also warn you – just in case you’re tired or distracted. The system also constantly indicates the distance to the vehicle ahead, and alerts the driver if a collision is imminent. With active-safety front seat head restraints and tyre pressure monitoring system, minimise the risk of whiplash injury and guard against other head and upper body injuries, as well as monitoring the tyre pressure via sensors on the inner sides of the valves and activates a warning display if there is a loss of pressure.
In addition, utilising the front camera traffic sign recognition function, the system makes sure that you're constantly made aware of speed limits, even when temporary signs are put up. TSR continually monitors road signs, and gives you a warning if you unintentionally stray over the limit. It can even read and display motorway electronic signs related to speed limits like rain or snow warnings. LDW uses the front camera system to recognise lane marking lines, and emits an audible warning if your vehicle leaves its lane unintentionally (i.e. without you signalling), preventing potential accidents and reminding you of inattention or tiredness. The LDW system can be deactivated via a facia switch. Available as part of the Driving Assistance Pack, FCA constantly shows the distance to the leading vehicle in the instrument panel, helping you to maintain a safe distance. In addition, FCA – active when the car is moving faster than 20mph – gives visual and audible warnings if you approach a slower-moving vehicle too fast. Available as part of the optional Perimeter Protection Pack on Sport and SRi models, this ultrasonic-based system helps prevent a potential collision with a vehicle in the neighbouring lane by continuously screening the blind spots on both sides of the car and provides a visible warning if the indicator is set to change to a lane where another car is detected. GTC combines stylish coupé character with genuine hatchback versatility. Comfortably seating up to five people – extremely comfortably if you specify the luxurious leather option – the GTC is a surprisingly practical car for everyday use, with a generous 380 litres of luggage space to boot. Stowage facilities are abundant, including a driver’s storage compartment (illustrated) situated under the main lighting control, roomy front door pockets, storage pockets on the front seat backs and an illuminated glovebox. Providing practicality at your fingertips, all GTC models feature a centre console unit complete with storage area and 12-volt auxiliary power socket. SRi models fitted with the optional (at extra cost) electric parking brake and all BiTurbo models boast an additional central storage facility with twin covered drinks holders (illustrated right). Keep in touch, entertained and ahead of the queues with the latest premium GTC in-car communication systems, featuring digital radio as standard, aux-in socket, USB connection and optional Bluetooth® connectivity. Impressive looks demand an impressive set of wheels and GTC doesn’t disappoint. Imposing 18-inch alloys are standard issue and stunning 20-inch designs top the options list. Whatever your view on cutting edge sports models, the optional GTC panoramic windscreen will change your outlook forever. Stretching upwards and back beyond the ultra-slim A-pillars, the effect is stunning and helps create a whole new driving experience.