Opel working on a new two-seater Astra convertible

The 2010 Opel Astra is looking good and is set to make it world debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. However, what’s better looking than the ’10 Astra is a new convertible Astra that is currently in the works at Opel’s UK brand, Vauxhall.

The new Opel/Vauxhall Astra convertible is currently being worked on at Vauxhall’s Luton headquarters and is said to have only two-seats and a driving experience that’s inspired by the forthcoming Astra VXR (or OPC for Opel).

Opel will replace the current four-seater TwinTop with a more aggressive drop-top Astra that it hopes will help it compete with Volkswagen’s upcoming BlueSport, Audi’s TT an Mercedes-Benz’s SLK roadsters.

Kicking off the Astra convertible lineup will be a 1.4L turbo making 150-hp and a 2.0L CDTI turbodiesel making 170-hp. The range-topper will be powered by a 2.0L turbocharged unit making 270-hp.

Don’t expect to see the Opel/Vauxhall Astra convertible before late 2012.

– By: The Daily Auto Editor

Source: AutoExpress