Holden Astra GTC & VXR on sale from May 4, from $26,990

April 28, 2015

The new Holden Astra has almost arrived in Australia, made up of the GTC, GTC Sport and the high-performance VXR. These are based on the existing Vauxhall/Opel Astra GTC from GM’s international portfolio.

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Both the GTC and GTC Sport come with a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 125kW and 260Nm when fitted with the six-speed auto. The same unit produces 147kW and 280Nm when equipped with the six-speed manual.

In the hot VXR, which is essentially the same as the Opel Astra OPC – on sale in Australia in 2013. It comes with a 2.0-litre turbo engine producing 206kW of power and 400Nm. It’s only available with a six-speed manual, also with front-wheel drive.

All models feature GM’s HiPerStrut front suspension setup for direct steering and minimal torque-steer. All models also get Holden’s MyLink interface with a 7.0-inch touch-screen and satellite navigation as standard.

As for equipment through the range, the GTC gets 18-inch alloy wheels, projector headlights, digital radio, and parking sensors. The GTC Sport adds a leather interior, dual-zone climate, and a sporty bodykit.

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Going for the VXR gets you a whole heap of performance features, such as Brembo brakes, FlexRide variable dampers, bespoke electro-hydraulic steering, 20-inch wheels, and a full VXR bodykit and spoilers.

The new Holden Astra GTC and VXR will officially go on sale on May 4. Prices start from the following (excluding on-road costs):

Holden Astra GTC manual – $26,990
Holden Astra GTC automatic – $29,190

Holden Astra GTC Sport manual – $29,990
Holden Astra GTC Sport automatic – $32,190

Holden Astra VXR manual – $39,990

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.