Are you feeling sporty or do you just want to cruise? The touch of a button changes the whole driving dynamics to taut sporting excitement or relaxed long-distance travelling with uncompromized safety and stability.
Superb ride comfort, driving dynamics, and steering response, with reduced noise and vibrations are the main benefits gained from the new Opel Astra Sports Tourer chassis. The high torsional stiffness of the Opel Astra body provides optimum preconditions for excellent handling precision, ride comfort and extremely low levels of noise and vibration.
The broad stance ensures high stability in curves, the long wheelbase a smooth ride even on bumpy roads.
The unique rear suspension of the new Astra Sports Tourer 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 cross member just behind the wheel center line carries the two struts of the linkage. These are pivoted in the middle and the ends are 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.
Watt’s link is standard on selected engines and trims and in combination with FlexRide.
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 new 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.
With the FlexRide switches, you can change the entire driving dynamics at the touch of a button. Choose between the 3 operating modes “Sport”, “Tour” and “Normal” – all of them optimized for different driving scenarios from taut sporting excitement to relaxed long-distance cruising with uncompromized safety and stability.
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