Two weeks ago, the Opel brand announced that it would revive its famed GSe nameplate for a new sub-brand of electric vehicles. Earlier this week, Stellantis’ German brand released advanced information and images of the first new GSe models – the new Opel Astra GSe and the new Opel Astra Sports Tourer GSe.
As plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), the Astra Sports Tourer and Astra hatchback offered a balance between ride comfort and performance-oriented handling combined with responsibility for the environment.
“The new Astra GSe and new Astra Sports Tourer GSe are the ideal cars for launching our dynamic new sub-brand, in full alignment with our strategy to become an all-electric brand by 2028”, said Opel CEO, Florian Huettl.
With an impressive system power output of 165 kW (225 horsepower) and a maximum torque of 360 N⋅m (266 lb.-ft.), the new GSe models offer a Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) combined fuel consumption: 1.2-1.1 l/100 km, CO2 emissions 26-25 g/km; preliminary values, the new Astra GSe and Astra Sports Tourer GSe will match the best in their respective classes for launch from a standstill, acceleration, and maximum speed.
In addition, the new duo will set a new benchmark for driver engagement according to Opel. In comparison to their Astra siblings, the GSe models are even more agile and even more precise; the steering, suspension, and brakes respond immediately and predictably to every driver input.
The German automaker achieved performance-oriented handling characteristics by equipping the new Opel Astra GSe models with a dedicated chassis, lowered by 10mm. Compared with their immediate rivals, the duo will deliver superior stability during cornering, under braking, and – like every Opel – while driving at high speed on the Autobahn.
The sport calibration of the steering is GSe-specific, while the unique springs and oil-filled dampers of the front and rear suspension are specially tuned not only for dynamic driving but also for comfort. The dampers feature KONI Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology, which enables different damping characteristics at high frequencies (suspension control) versus low frequencies (body control). The ESP settings are also exclusive to GSe models, with the activation threshold adjusted upwards to match the dynamic driving behavior.
Purposeful/Bold/Pure GSe Styling Cues –
The new Opel Astra is a bold and pure design statement for the brand; the signature styling cues of the GSe give it an even more purposeful appearance. From the outside, the design of the 18-inch lightweight aluminum wheels is inspired by the acclaimed, all-electric Manta GSe ElektroMOD Concept. With a GSe-specific front bumper and front fascia, the GSe emblem on the hatch leaves no doubts about the dynamic GSe’s character. Inside, the GSe’s sporty ambitions are highlighted by the Alcantara-trimmed performance front seats; they are not only unique to the GSe, they further extend Opel’s long-standing reputation for superior seat ergonomics.
The GSe nameplate was traditionally an abbreviation of “Grand Sport Einspritzung” (Grand Sport Injection in German) on the Opel Commodore GS/E and the Opel Monza GSE. GSe is now Opel’s top-tier, sporty sub-brand, standing for “Grand Sport electric”. By combining “fun-to-drive” values with the option of emissions-free mobility, the GSe models hope to redefine the performance Zeitgeist (Spirit).