Vauxhall Astra GTE MK1
Vauxhall opel (GM)
1983 to 1984
3-5 door hatchback
in-line four Petrol 1.8-litre
115 at 5800 r.p.m.
2,520 mm (99.2 in)
Vauxhall Astra and Opel Kadett GTE MK1 was only produced from 1983 to 1984.
The GTE MK1 wasfirst built At the end of production of the MK1 was introduced At the beginning of 1983.When the UK branch of the global GM introduced the Vauxhall Astra, it was accompanied by a fanfare of publicity hailing it as the aerodynamic speedster to kill the Golf GTI That it never succeeded in it's 1.8 SOHC form.With a transverse engine and front-wheel drive.
Its 1.8 liter injection Bosch LE-Jetronic engine belonged to the new OHC engine generation with a light-alloy cylinder head and hydraulic valve clearance in-line valves rockers hydraulic tappets. with 115 hp (85 kW) of power. Brakes at front discs, ventilated 236x20mm ,the Rear drums.Suspension at the frontCoil spring and struts with anti-roll bar the rear trailing beam with diagonal arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar .
This version of the Vauxhall Astra and Opel Kadett was an alternative Hot Hatch to the VW Golf GTI and Ford Escort XR3 from the time. Externally,the GTE variant differed from the normal Astra and Kadett and even the SR version, with body-colored extensions, side skirts, front spoiler and exterior mirrors, a black film around the rear window with GTE logo and the silver-colored light-alloy wheels that appeared a year earlier on the Kadett GSE.
The GTE was only produced for a little over a year. Approximately 36,300 units were produced at the Bochum plant and at the Antwerp plant (Belgium), around two-thirds of them as left-hand drive Kadett versions.
The interior of the GTE was equipped with more sportier equipment seats from Recaro in gray velor, With the GTE logos a sports steering wheel with a GTE emblem on the horn button.Fitted with additional displays in the instrument cluster. Furthermore, a speedometer with a scale of up to 220 km/h for the Kadettand 140 speedometer for the Astra was reserved exclusively for the GTE. On all other models, the speedometer scale went up to 200 km/h. (130 mph).
The GTE also came fitted with a steering damper, a shift damper on the gearbox, a lowered body, gas pressure dampers and ventilated front disc brakes.Like the SR models, it was also offered with three and five doors.you could only choose between the more sportier colors of polar white, crimson, silver and black and red. With white paintwork, the bumpers and bumper corners are completely primed and painted in the color of the vehicle.When painted white, the light-alloy wheels are also painted in the same color as the vehicle. All other GTE models had black bumpers and silver alloy wheels.
Due to its susceptibility to rust and the tuning performance times of the 1980s and 1990s, the MK1 GTE is very rarely found in good and original condition today.
Well-preserved GTEs with a good condition grade such as this in the video are extremely and rarely offered and traded far more highly than rating lists suggest.
Vauxhall Astra GTE MK1 Technical details and specifications (1983-1984)
Engine (18E) -4-stroke, petrol injection
Type- single O.H.C. in-line valves rockers hydraulic tappets.
Cooling system -Water radiator
Water sytem pressure - 1.30-1.35 bar
Number of cylinders -4 direct in block
Firing order -1-3-4-2 (No.1 location pulley end)
Idling speed -900/950rpm
Cubic capacity -1796cm
Compression ratio -9-5:1
Brake horse power (DIN) -115 at 5800 r.p.m.
Torque (DIN) -151 N.m. (111lb.ft.) at 4800 r.p.m. -
Piston rings number -2 compressions 1 oil
Oil pressure -1.5 bar (221b./in2) -
Connecting rod length -136mm
Main bearings -5
Camshaft bearings -5 aluminium
Valve head diameter -Inlet 41 mm; exhaust 35mm.
Valve type - Hydraulic tappets
Valve timing -36°BT-90°AB-72°BB-50°AT
Petrol pump -Electric approx. 60 litres/hr
Petrol pump part# - No. 90136950
Injection system -Bosch LE-Jetronic
Type -Front-wheel drive
Clutch -216mm. (8.5in.), cable-operated
Gearbox -5-speed, type F16/5C
Gearbox ratios -1st 0-89,2nd 1,12;,3rd 1.48,4th 2.16.5th 3.42; Rev 3-33:1
Drive shafts -Unequal length, with inner/outer CV joints
Final drive gear - Spur gears
Final drive ratio -3.94:1 (71/18)
Front -(discs, ventilated) 236x20mm
Rear - (drums) -
Handbrake - mech on rear wheels
Power assistance -8" vacume servo (GM or ATE)
Type -Rack and pinion
Turning circle diameter kerb-kerb -9-8m. (32ft. 2in.)
Front - Type -Coil spring/struts; anti-roll bar
Rear - Type -Trailing beam with diagonal arms; coil springs; anti-roll bar
Ignition timing -10°BTDC (pulley) at 900/950 r.p.m.
Sparking plugs -AC R42XLS; Opel 1412702
Sparking plug gap -0.7/0.8mm. (.028/.031in.)
Distributor (electronic) -Bosch type JHFU4 0237 021 011
Ignition coil -Bosch 1227 020 009
Battery - 12 V. 44 Ah, negative earth
Alternator -Bosch or Delco Remy 55A.
Starter motor -Bosch type EF12V.-O.85kW, 0001 208 202
Length overall -3998mm. (13ft.1.4in)
Width overall -1663mm. (65.5in)
Heigh overall (unladen) -1395mm. (54.9in)
Weight -0kg. (2094 1b)
Track Front Rear - 1406mm. (55.4in)
Wheelbase -2520mm. (99.2in.)
BODY AND CHASSIS
Type of construction -Integral
Material of body panels - Steel
Windscreen glass (std) -Laminated
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Vauxhall Astra GTE MK1 Maintenance and Service Guide (1983-1984)
Servicing intervals -9000 miles or 6 months
Oil change -3.25 litres (5-7 pints) with filter
Engine oil Total Max - 4.1 litres (7.2 pints)
Transmission oil -2.1 litres (3.7 pints)
Cooling system -7.5 litres (13.2 pints)
Fuel tank cap -42 litres (9.2 gallons)
Tyre size -185/60 HR 14
Tyre pressures normal load bars (lb./in.2')- Front 2.1 (30),Rear 1.9 (28)
Hydraulic brakke fluid type -DOT3 spec.
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