SEMA 2007: Saturn Astra Tuner Concept

The new Opel Saturn Astra's not even here in the United States yet and already the General's trying to get the tuner crowd all riled up for it. Enter the Saturn Astra Tuner Concept, with its lean, taught bodywork stretched over a long wheelbase and wide track, the all-new Saturn Astra has an undeniably sporty stance and...oh, wait, sorry...we just kind of broke out into press release talk there. Umm, yeah, if you want all that crap jive, hit the jump turkey.

SATURN ASTRA TUNER CONCEPT

With its lean, taught bodywork stretched over a long wheelbase and wide track, the all-new Saturn Astra has an undeniably sporty stance. Fortunately, its European-inspired driving dynamics and energetic 1.8L Ecotec engine back up those aggressive good looks with commensurate performance, making the Astra prime material for all-out tuner treatment. Saturn got the ball rolling at SEMA with the Astra Tuner, a concept vehicle that applies some of the latest bolt-on performance and appearance components to show what's possible with this all-new compact. The Astra Tuner is based on a production XR three-door and features approximately 20 more horsepower and a lowered ride height. Numerous exterior enhancements - including 19-inch wheels -give the car a racier look. It may be the first, but this unique Saturn certainly won't be the last personalized Astra.

Vehicle highlights:

• Astra XR three-door
• 1.8L Ecotec DOHC four-cylinder with approximately 160 horsepower, via exhaust header, cold-air intake and modified throttle body
• Five-speed manual transmission
• Lowered ride height
• New front and rear fascia extensions
• New grille surround finish
• Tinted headlamps, taillamps and windows
• Rear center-outlet exhaust
• Production side moldings deleted
• High-performance Recaro seats
• Unique interior trim
• Unique sill plates and parking brake handle

GM Accessories (production and concept)

• OPC 19-inch wheels (concept)
• OPC rockers (concept)
• OPC rear spoiler
• GMA pedals (part number 93183691)
• Blaupunkt sound system

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