2016 is an important year in Opel’s 154-year long history on its way to the biggest turnaround on automotive record. The company shows its commitment to an exciting future with its vision for an approachable sportscar – with the GT Concept that was one of the highlights of the Geneva Motor Show.
The GT Concept has everything it needs to appeal to car enthusiasts of all age groups. The thoroughbred athlete with a front mid-engine and rear-wheel drive is a direct descendant of the Opel GT from the sixties and the seventies and the Monza Concept that was presented in Frankfurt in 2013. It takes Opel’s sculptural design philosophy to the next level. The sportscar is avant-garde yet puristic, renounces everything that disturbs the pure form. The GT Concept has no door handles or exterior door mirrors, and no superfluous decorative elements. It is a dynamic driving machine, something that is already symbolized by its typical sports car proportions with a long bonnet and ultra-short overhangs as well as the bold red signature line that graphically splits the vehicle body horizontally. The absence of a trunk lid, the intriguing and innovative door design, the central dual exhaust, the looks of the steering wheel and of course, the name all refer to the original GT. However, the GT Concept does not simply mime its ancestor: it re-invents the innovative, daring and exciting spirit of the original GT without any nostalgia or sign of retro-design.
Created as a popular sports car – not an elusive super-car, the Opel GT Concept has a powerful 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged front mid-engine. The extremely efficient direct injection gasoline unit developed from the powertrain known from the ADAM, the Corsa and the new Astra delivers 107 kW/145 hp and maximum torque of 205 Nm in its sporty trim (consumption values for the Opel GT Concept are not available yet). The turbo power is sent towards the rear axle with mechanical differential lock via a sequential six-speed transmission that is operated by shift paddles on the steering wheel. The two-seater with a total weight below 1,000 kilograms accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than eight seconds and has a top speed of 215 km/h.