The Saturn Astra U.S. launch is still 2 months away but GM showed the Astra at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Of course due to SEMA standards the car was tuned out. The Saturn Astra Tuner Concept was tuned with a list of accessories from Saturn’s European counterpart Opel.
Saturn added new front and rear extensions, a new grille surround finish, tinted headlamps and taillamps, a rear center exhaust, high-performance Recaro seats, a new interior trim, new sill plates and a new parking brake handle. GM accessories used on the Saturn Astra Tuner Concept included OPC 19-inch wheels, OPC rockers, OPC rear spoiler and a Blaupunkt sound system.
The Saturn Astra Tuner Concept is powered by a 1.8 liter Ecotec DOHC 4-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower. Other performance features included an exhaust header, cold air-intake and modified throttle body.
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Saturn Astra Tuner Concept Gallery:
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.
* 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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