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Opel's new face for a crowded market

By unknown | Mar 07, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mabuyane Kekana

Mabuyane Kekana

Car manufacturers have recently been pumping cabriolet coupes into the country like there is no tomorrow.

Within the space of two years, we've seen the Renault Megane CC, Peugeot 307 CC and now the new Volkswagen Eos.

While still at it, BMW is also bringing in their new 335 cabriolet coupe in the first quarter of next year.

A week after VW launched its Eos cabriolet coupe (CC), Opel answered by introducing the Astra TwinTop.

In the past, cabriolets were mostly two-seaters, but the trend has now changed to four-seater CCs.

This has shifted the function of these cars, making them more family orientated.

Even if you are the type of person who wouldn't dare look at the Opel Tigra or Peugeot 206 cabriolet, you would probably agree that a CC would be a better option.

The new Opel TwinTop has now joined in the competition.

The new kid at General Motors is a real stunner and adds a new face to those of its siblings, the Opel Astra and the Astra GTC.

Technically the elegant TwinTop cabrio-coupe benefits from the strengths of the third generation Astra.

For South Africa, Opel has specified the top-of-the-range 147kW 2litre Ecotec turbo engine, which can propel the TwinTop to a top speed of more than 230kmh for its Cosmo model and the 1,8 litre Ecotec engine with 103kW for the Enjoy model.

The interactive driving system chassis, part of the Safetec system, endows the Astra TwinTop with good road-holding.

Active driving safety systems such as ABS, ESP plus, brake assist, and cornering brake control are standard equipment items. Rear park assist and hill start assist are included in the driver aids package for the top-of-the-range Astra TwinTop 2litre Turbo Cosmo.

This model sports charcoal leather seats with the option ofsaddle-brown leather trim, and the 1,8litre Enjoy model has cloth seat facings in charcoal.

Power windows, front and rear, are standard on both models as are rain-sensing windscreen wipers, air conditioning with pollen filter, automatic lighting control, cruise control, power steering with height and reach adjustment for the steering wheel and powered side mirrors.

The entertainment package for both models includes an RDS radio and front-loading CD combination with MP3 compatibility and seven speakers.

Remote steering wheel controls for the audio system are also standard on both models.

The 1,8litre Enjoy is priced at R256760 and the 2litre Turbo Cosmo sells for R299995.


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