Astra SRi. Well it doesn't exactly conjure up the GTE image now does it? Some may think that but after owning one for 2 years, the SRi really fits the bill without having a ridiculous insurance premium. I traded in my 87 Nova SR for the Astra at the back end of 97, there was no looking back either.
The 115 bhp from the 1.8 engine was powerful and strong, beating any Nova GTE etc from the lights!! Modifications included lowering by 40mm (this improved the handling beyond recognition), fitting Cavalier Gsi 15' alloys, white indicators/dials, DTM exhaust and a large stereo system. The car's got the looks and was 100% reliable too. Overall, highly impressed and without the high costs of owning a GTE - I'd go for the SRi everytime. Well worth a test drive.