Are you feeling sporty or just want to cruise? The touch of a button changes the whole driving dynamics to taut sporting excitement or relaxed long-distance travelling with uncompromised safety and stability.
The unique rear suspension of the Astra is a compound crank axle with Watt’s linkage. While the principle of Watt’s linkage has been known for over 200 years, more recently it has been used mostly in race cars. In effect the principle is straightforward.
A steel crossmember just behind the wheel centre line carries the two struts of the linkage. These are pivoted in the middle and the ends attached to the lower wheel carriers. The result is that any lateral impact on one side is immediately compensated by an equal amount of force on the other side, increasing stability. The major benefit of this compact system effectively prevents any lateral movement of the axle, providing a smoother ride and improved handling.
Imagine a car that continuously adapts its behavior to road conditions and your driving style. That at the push of a button you can select a comfortable cruiser or a dynamic sports car. This is exactly what the FlexRide system is all about.
The FlexRide electronic chassis control system reacts instantly to changing conditions and continuously adapts to your driving style. Continuous Damping Control adjusts the damper settings in real time. 4-channel ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Traction Control, and ESP®Plus all work together to provide fantastic driving dynamics.
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