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Fans of the Vauxhall Astra Sports Hatch in Europe can now get a special GTC edition with a "panoramic windscreen" that extends the top of the car's windshield back into the roof past the driver's head. It looks like it would be a blast to experience on whlie cruising the open, if not incredibly unsettling at first. GM Europe says the glass is a special heat absorbing variety and that a blind can be pulled forward if the driver and passenger want to hide from the sun.

Only 500 Astra GTCs will be produced and they'll cost customers a cool £15,995 ($29,553), which happens to be £5 less than the standard Astra Sports Hatch. Vauxhall even throws in 18-inch alloys, AC, sports seats, ESP, a trip computer and fog lights. What a deal! After the GTC model is sold out, people who require a panoramic view of the horizon can have this unique roof treatment as a £850 option ($1,570 USD).

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I'd rather have a sunroof that actually, you know, opens up and sunvisors.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Stop translating euro into dollars as if that is what it would cost.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wanna see a 3D Quicktime of this cool feature form the cockpit!
      • 9 Years Ago
      As pretty as this is, it has the same problem as the combination hood/fenders on the C4 Vette and the Viper.

      When the windshield gets damaged, it will cost a lot more to replace it. This will show up on your insurance premiums even if you never replace a windshield.

      The windshield is by far the most damaged window on a car, making it a lot more expensive seems like a bad idea.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey Neff, this was already posted.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Using the UK price as a base is pretty pointless. In Germany the Opel Astra GTC starts at €12.922.41 (without VAT, roughly equivalent to $16,250) and the panoroma windshield is a €1,495 ($1,880) option. So conceivably the Astra GTC with panorama roof could be had for as little as €14,417 ($18,130) before tax.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I love this idea. It's amazing that such a simple concept (extend the windshield), could change the driving experience so much. I'd definitel consider it if I were buying an Astra.

      - R
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm diggin' it. I'd definitely go for something like this.