Opel’s design director has hinted that an electric version of the Astra could lead to a sports car.
It’s no secret, Opel itself confirmed the project: in 2023 there will be a 100% electric version of the new Astra, for sedan and station wagon. And this Astra-e could mark the return of the sports compact from the German company.
Mark Adams, Opel’s design director, raised this possibility with an English magazine Top Gear…even if his statement is still not understood: “We’re going this way”. Good news, the man hinted that we don’t have to wait too long to find out more.
Still, before the electric sports car, Opel can bet on a rechargeable hybrid sports car. The new Astra was launched with a plug-in version of 180 hp. The evolution of 225 hp has already been confirmed. And on this base EMP2, there is already a petrol/electric unit of 250 hp… or even 300 hp with the addition of a second engine in the back.
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As for electricity, it is still unknown, since the Stellantis group currently offers urban models with a block of 136 hp “only”. There should be something new with the compact, as the DS 4 and Peugeot 308 cousins will also be available with 100% electric power.
Beyond power, the challenge of freedom will have to be taken up. This of course goes through the battery size, but also the appearance. To go further, electricity must focus on its aerodynamics. For Mark Adams, it is definitely a limitation when it comes to sports car, which we expect more of a show style. You have to find the right balance. He admits that it’s not always easy: “It takes a lot of effort and experience”. There is no doubt that its teams will be motivated to take on the challenge, with the future ID Volkswagen.3 GTX on the lookout.