• Jun 2, 2010
2011 Opel Astra Sport Coupe spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Car and Driver has prognosticated that we'll get other versions of the Buick Regal, but we still don't know if we'll get this one: the Opel Astra Sport 'Coupe.' Wearing much less cladding than when we've seen before, it's obvious this one has gone all sleek-and-creased compared to its predecessor, and it looks like the extended-windshield option will make it to production for the Volkswagen Scirocco rival, as well.

The markets that will get the hot hatch, namely Europe and China (for starters), will have four engine options ranging from a 1.4-liter turbo to the 240-hp, 2.0-liter direct injected turbo inline-four going in the VXR model. The big reveal is likely set for the Paris Motor Show this September, but you can get a sneak peek at it now in the gallery of high-res photos below.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I know we are expecting the sedan version of the Astra here for Buick. But I hope they bring the hatch version. A hatch GS rivaling the GTI would be hard to resist.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AKA the new Buick compact.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why the ironic quotes around the word coupe? I know many people don't think four-door cars can be coupes, but this has two. It's not a coupe because it has a liftgate to the cargo area instead of a small decklid? Then the Jaguar E-type hardtop and a lot of other classic 'coupes' aren't either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One word: fugly.

      Who the heck wants a hatch with a receeding hairline?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, as a MINI Cooper owner, there are times when you're at an intersection and the traffic signal particularly high, and is above the roofline, so you can't see it, without ducking. I can see how this sort of roofline would address that issue. It is cool looking, if nothing else.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That windshield is really interesting, but I can see it being a problem in nice weather states. Luckily it's usually cloudy/rainy in western Europe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Last generation Astra had similar windscreen. It's just like a normal windscreen as long as you keep that sliding inside roof thing covering it..
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new Buick Regal is based on the Opel Insignia. Is the Astra not a smaller vehicle?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gruv, I really don't understand your strong dislike of Buick. Sure, they've made a number of lackluster cars. The new Regal is no Beemer - don't buy it. Why the petulance?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gruv,

        You also have to consider the merits of a car from the point of view of its target market. You're very correct, Buick didn't have any performance cars for much of the '80s and '90s. Guess what - that wasn't the market they were going after. To you, the Grand National was the only worthwhile Buick made in 'recent' history - but if you asked the original owners of cars like the Roadmaster (especially the wagon), Riviera, Reatta, etc., these were beautiful cars that they enjoyed owning. You consider certain aspects of Buick design to be 'crap,' but to others, they're what makes the car a Buick - the waterfall grille, etc. They're as much a part of a Buick as the twin-nostril grille on a BMW, or the afterburner taillights on a Ferrari.

        No one says you have to like Buicks - but your 'not liking' them doesn't make them 'crap.'

        By the way - I'm only 41, and I'd love to own any one of the vehicles in Buick's lineup right now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gruv,
        you're living in the past man, cue the tommy chong music.

        you call the GN great, but not the GNX?! wtf
        Buick has made good cars over the years, and they have had some lousy ones. As have Toyota, Honda, Ford, and everyone else that sells mainstream and a 1/2 dozen exotics as well.

        Why dont you look at the car on its own merit rather than bog it down with the foibles of another generation. I wont call your kid a dillweed just because his dad is.

        you dont want to own a buick because the car they made 30 yrs ago was crap?

        you dont want to own a hyundai Sonata because the Excel was Mitsubishi crap?

        You dont want to buy an Acura TL, not because its ugly, but because the Honda CVCC was a rust bucket on wheels?

        You dont want a 911 because the 914 was an overpriced VW?

        Buick made great cars long before you got interested, before I was interested in cars as well, but that is neither here nor there.

        Only a fool fights the last battle in the next battle and only a fool buys a car based on the results of another car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        everybody is copying hyundai and ford, huh?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gruv was commenting on the Regal yesterday saying it wasn't really a Buick. Unfortunately, he is not a knowledgeable commenter. The Buick Regal is, in fact: a Chinese Buick. It was designed to be a Buick. It is just surprising to see it in the states. The Astra is also a Buick. It is sold in China as the Excelle, just as it will be sold here in America.

        I sort of baffles the mind to see someone who HATES Buick. I didn't realize this brand stirred up any emotion on either side of the spectrum. I suspect he is some sort of teabagger who thinks if GM fails it will say something about Obama. Seems like a strech, but logic is in short supply these days.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because I grew up in the 80s and 90s. Apart from the grand national, name me ONE BUICK that was worth owning. No Regal Turbos, or GNXs either. Apart from that one car, they produced total, utter, crap. Every single kid I knew who had a buick, hated it. It was handed down from their grandparents, or old aunt, or something like that, and it was the most boring, vanilla, unexciting car in the world. A toyota camry was far more engaging to drive. Why do I hate them?

        Because GM killed pontiac, right when Pontiac actually started to mean fun to drive vehicles. GM killed Oldsmobile, when they had the northstar powered V8 aurora. And they kept Buick, which was BY FAR, the most boring and geriatric marque that GM owns.

        I can keep going. I hate buicks because all the bluehairs driving them won't get out of the left lane, and when they are in the left lane, they're usually driving 7 under the speed limit, oblivious to their surroundings. Or they're in decrepid shape, driven by wanna be gansters from the inner city, not using turn signals and running stop signs.

        Buicks are crap. The grand national was a great car, and it's the common response when I say how much buick sucks... but that is IT my friends. And to me, one exciting car, over 20 years ago, does not justify the existence of this brand. Nor do I understand how taking an opel, making it uglier, and slapping buick badges on it somehow relates to a "real buick".

        You people talk of buick like it made some truly fantastic, world-beating cars, and they just lost their direction for a few years, and now they're back with a vengeance. That is a fairytale. Buick produced hundreds of thousands of completely forgettable turds like the skyhawk, park avenue, regal, century, and that ugly thing that Tiger Woods promoted. That is utter crap. And now, because they have an OPEL INSIGNIA with a buick badge, you people are all praising Buick like they're some great company. Why?! What have they done, in the past 40 years, besides the grand national? NOTHING. I would not be caught dead in a buick, purely because of the garbage they've put on the roads for 40 years.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Geo: Fine, it's an opel! Please don't uglify it with Buick crap, and please don't say "That's a real Buick!" like Buick normally produced cars like Opel does! They don't!

        That's like getting a ferrari, slapping some Toyota Camry badges on it, and saying "Now that's a REAL Toyota Camry".

        PS: Love Opel GTs. Almost bought one 2 years ago. 63k miles. $3200. Rust free. Drove awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Geo: Are you mental? The GNX and GN and regal turbo are all similar cars. I'm classifying them as the same thing, with the GN being the obviously best one. But apart from that car (GN, Regal Turbo, GNX), what have they done worth having? NOTTTHHIIINNNGGGGG.

        It's not what they did thirty years ago, it's what they DID NOT DO for thirty years! They did not produce anything worth having, FOR FOUR DECADES. Not forty years ago. FOUR DECADES. I'm not sure why this is a hard concept for you to understand.

        As for Hyundai, well, they weren't even around 40 years ago. They started in the 80s, producing crap, and have only improved since they started. This means they'll be even better 10 years from now. So, not really sure how this is a valid argument, since Buick used to have decent cars in the 60s and early 70s, then produced mundane, forgettable excrement for four decades.

        Porsche, Acura, and Honda have produced quite a few interesting cars in the past few decades... NSX... Integra GSR, RSX, Prelude Si, Civic Si, 911, 944 Turbo, Boxster... these companies had all sorts of hits. Not really sure how this is relevant either.

        What hits has Buick had, post 1972, excluding the Grand National?

        >crickets<
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd say bring it here as a Buick Riviera, but I'd rather them release the ACTUAL Buick Riviera concept from a few years ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is dumb. The riviera has always been the top of the line, larger, powerful coupe. This thing is tiny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Gruv

      Ok. Ok. We get it. You hate Buicks and old people. Seriously. 23 posts in one and a half days (13 anti-Buick). Fine. Consider your opinion noted. Now maybe you could give it a rest for a while, hmmm?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I kinda like it, but those taillights seem to stick out quite a bit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Those are probably pre-production taillight housings that Opel engineers bought at whatever the European equivalent of Autozone is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Being in the market for a nice hatch and being stymied by my local VW dealer's idiocy I say, BRING IT HERE. Damn we need some better selection than what we put up with.

        • 4 Years Ago
        No joke. VWs of late are so depressing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Vote:
      1. Buick Astra
      2. Buick Kompakt
      3. Buick Sky
      4. Buick Skyhawk
      5. Buick Riviera
      6. Other
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