The Opel GT Concept: This is How Sportscars Will Look in Future

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    Exclamation The Opel GT Concept: This is How Sportscars Will Look in Future

    2016-01-27
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    -First appearance: World premiere at the 86th Geneva Motor Show
    - Emotional concept: Breathtaking and puristic design
    - Successful ancestors: Following the tradition of the Opel GT and the Monza Concept
    - True sportscar: front mid-engine, sequential gearbox, rear-wheel drive





    Rüsselsheim. The Opel GT Concept will celebrate its world premiere at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show (March 3 to 13, 2016). This trendsetting sportscar expresses the continuous innovative strength of Opel – breathtaking in its shape, reduced to the bare essentials, pure passion. The thoroughbred athlete with a front mid-engine and rear-wheel drive is a direct descendant of the Opel GT and the Monza Concept and 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.

    “We are taking the next step towards even more emotion and driving pleasure with the Opel GT Concept. The GT Concept shows what Opel stands for now. We are confident, ambitious, innovative and we want win over more customers with every new car,” said Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann who is already looking forward to the world premiere in Geneva.

    In the best tradition: GT Concept continues philosophy of Opel Experimental GT

    The Opel GT Concept will follow in the footsteps of the famous Opel Experimental GT at the Geneva Motor Show. In 1965, only one year after the foundation of the first design studio run by a European car manufacturer, Opel presented this sleek and expressive coupé with the reliable technology of the Kadett B at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, it was not just innovative because it was the first concept car ever presented by a European manufacturer. The GT already shone with innovations such as retracting headlamps and displayed a slim form along with perfect proportions without unnecessary decoration. The uncompromising concept by Erhard Schnell mainly wanted to be one thing – a design statement. The reactions from the public were so overwhelming that the series production Opel GT was at dealerships only three years later. The rest is history – a success story, an automotive icon.

    The GT Concept once again showcases Opel’s pioneering spirit. A dynamic driving machine something that is already symbolized by the red signature line that splits the vehicle body horizontally and proportions it. The distinctive red front tires – mounted on rims with a cheeky roller skates design – are reminiscent of the Opel motorbike Motoclub 500 that was also avant-garde at its time and was the proud owner of two red tires in 1928. Apart from that, the GT Concept does not have many links to the past. The long bonnet, the absence of a trunk lid, the central dual exhaust and of course, the name all refer to the original GT. Apart from that the Opel GT Concept is independent with no sign of retro-design.

    "We created the GT Concept to capture the bold, emotional spirit of the Opel brand. It is dramatic, sculptural and full of innovations, which is our great tradition that we intend to continue. Back in 1965, Opel developed the Experimental GT, a thoroughly modern vehicle that also boasted a pure sculptural shape. It’s certainly difficult to reinvent an icon but just as the Experimental GT was avant-garde back then, so too is this GT Concept today – absolutely pure, minimalistic, yet bold and uncompromising. This coupé impressively demonstrates the continuous development of our Design philosophy – ‘Sculptural Artistry meets German precision’,” said Mark Adams, Vice President, Design Europe.

    A key innovation of the Opel GT Concept are the large doors with the integrated side windows that show a seamless transition from glass to painted surfaces. Both the driver and the front passenger gain access to the unexpectedly spacious interior after pressing the touchpad for the electric doors that is integrated in the red signature line of the roof. Even tall drivers have enough room inside. The doors immerse considerably into the front wheel arches when opened. This space-saving and patented mounting allows a large opening angle – particularly in relatively tight parking spaces. The compact athlete is therefore optimized especially for urban areas. Two cameras mounted behind the wheel arches ensure a safe overview while driving in the city. They transmit their images to two monitors on the left and right-hand side of the cockpit – the days of exterior door mirrors and blind spots are therefore over. The windshield flows into a glass panorama roof enabling the occupants to enjoy a driving experience similar to that offered by a targa with a removable roof.

    Real sportscar: Front mid-engine, turbocharged and rear-wheel drive

    The stretched hood reveals the powertrain concept of the GT Concept: Just like the first Opel GT and US sportscar icon Corvette also made by GM it has a front mid-engine. The vehicle’s center of gravity is therefore low and central – ideal for sporty handling and excellent cornering dynamics. The Opel GT Concept has a powerful 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine based on the ultra-modern all-aluminum engine used in ADAM, Corsa and Astra. The extremely efficient direct injection gasoline unit develops 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. Thus, the Opel GT Concept possess traditional rear-wheel drive especially appreciated by sportscar purists. The performance of the two-seater with a total weight below 1,000 kilograms also matches this. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than eight seconds and has a top speed of 215 km/h.

    A further highlight of the Opel GT Concept are the main headlamps with integrated indicators. Thanks to ultra-modern projection technology, these shine very three-dimensionally. The next generation adaptive full LED light is obviously the perfect match for this technology. The Opel IntelliLux LED® matrix light, which allows glare-free high beam driving, already made its debut in the new Astra in 2015 and won the SAFETYBEST Award. The Opel GT Concept sees the introduction of the next stage of development of the intelligent light system. The design of the lights is rounded off by the three-dimensional design of the tail lamps that make the new GT distinctive at night.


    Additional photos from the Opel blog: https://www.flickr.com/photos/opelblog/
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    Re: Opel's New GT Concept Is A 143 HP Highlight Of The Future!

    Absolutely love this sort of thing, but am curious if the market exists for it. The Toyota and Subaru whatever-they're-called haven't caught on, though they don't boast the light weight of this GT.
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    Re: Opel's New GT Concept Is A 143 HP Highlight Of The Future!

    Quote Originally Posted by paul8488 View Post
    Absolutely love this sort of thing, but am curious if the market exists for it. The Toyota and Subaru whatever-they're-called haven't caught on, though they don't boast the light weight of this GT.
    the "TOY-BURU" is awesome and all but is WAY to small inside to be practical where as this (hopefully) is more like the VX-R or VW scirocco and somewhat practical

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    Re: Opel's New GT Concept Is A 143 HP Highlight Of The Future!

    Dang it. I was expecting something totally different. OPEL Avista.
    6 speed transmissions are the future

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    Awful.

    Derivative, dull, and boring, Pass.
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    Re: Opel's New GT Concept Is A 143 HP Highlight Of The Future!

    What are the odds of something like this coming to fruition?

    Cadillac have said how they would like their sub-compact entry as RWD. GM has always hinted at the Code130R being a possibility one day. And Opel seems serious about taking things in a new direction. Business case?
    Would something like this in a Chevy showroom work with a newly downsized Camaro? If Avista likely won't be built, could it work at Buick? Buick would have done well with a Kappa.

    Could this be the harbinger of Kappa II ?


    (Also, I'm going to assume when Opel said their GT concept was going to be FWD on Delta, that was just to throw us off their trail?)

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    Re: Opel's New GT Concept Is A 143 HP Highlight Of The Future!

    I was expecting a turbo four Buick Avista for Europe and a twin turbo v6 for America...

    This 143 hp toy is a huge disappointment. With oil at under 30 dollars a barrel cars like this are out of step with reality...! (Kidding)


    Huge disappointment as I was hopeful the a vista would have a business case with Europe sharing the alpha platform...

    Mustang gt sales in Europe are soaring...


    Gm would do well to off a Buick Avista derivative in Europe and pass on this little 143 hp toy.

    I had a mx5 for about four months last year and it quickly wore off as a foot to the floor experience as normal traffic was too fast for it at any other throttle setting...

    Same thing will happen with this little Opel unless it's built off the Chevy bolt platform...

    If that was the case then by all means build the Opel gt as is.

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    Re: Opel's New GT Concept Is A 143 HP Highlight Of The Future!

    Well..............it is different.

    I just don't understand the red front wheels. It would seem to imply fwd, but it't a rwd car.

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    Re: Opel's New GT Concept Is A 143 HP Highlight Of The Future!

    Not what I was expecting....

    In other news - another Holden built concept car? That looks like Melbourne again.





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    Re: Opel's New GT Concept Is A 143 HP Highlight Of The Future!

    MT article; Opel GT Concept for Geneva is an Ultra-Lightweight Sports Car

    And Opel’s bosses seem to want to take the GT further. Unfortunately, as Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel’s CEO, admitted to Motor Trend, there is no suitable RWD platform in GM. This is a tiny car."

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    Re: Opel's New GT Concept Is A 143 HP Highlight Of The Future!

    Quote Originally Posted by ChopTop View Post
    MT article; Opel GT Concept for Geneva is an Ultra-Lightweight Sports Car

    And Opel’s bosses seem to want to take the GT further. Unfortunately, as Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel’s CEO, admitted to Motor Trend, there is no suitable RWD platform in GM. This is a tiny car."
    But we know that the sub-ATS will be rear-wheel drive sedan. Perhaps they could be built on the same platform.
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    Re: Opel's New GT Concept Is A 143 HP Highlight Of The Future!

    Quote Originally Posted by Envoy4Life View Post

    Awful.

    Derivative, dull, and boring, Pass.
    Awful, but not for any of the above reasons.

    Just unrealistic. Would rather see it in a more realistic guise than with red plastic wheels and no windows on doors that open into the body.

    Doesn't look like it would ever fit on Alpha, never mind fit a real human.



    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Jive View Post
    What are the odds of something like this coming to fruition?

    Cadillac have said how they would like their sub-compact entry as RWD. GM has always hinted at the Code130R being a possibility one day. And Opel seems serious about taking things in a new direction. Business case?
    Would something like this in a Chevy showroom work with a newly downsized Camaro? If Avista likely won't be built, could it work at Buick? Buick would have done well with a Kappa.

    Could this be the harbinger of Kappa II ?
    Poor odds.

    Maybe a business case or maybe previewing a newly flexible and "downsized" A2xx if Omega covers midsize cars as well.

    The Camaro isn't really downsized at all, honestly. Size is less important than price. You will be hard-pressed to do another RWD cheaper than Camaro.

    If you take this to Buick and add a price premium, then you have to factor in how small it is (because it's tiny, probably Miata-sized) and you'll realize it's completely untenable against Camaro et al, unlike Avista.

    No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyMoney View Post
    Dang it. I was expecting something totally different. OPEL Avista.
    GM doesn't need rebadged concepts. They should just build them and sell globally.
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    Re: Opel's New GT Concept Is A 143 HP Highlight Of The Future!

    I have to admit the way the front doors open looks really trick (unable to post pics).

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    Re: Opel's New GT Concept Is A 143 HP Highlight Of The Future!

    Could this design be effectively be scaled up to become a cousin to the Buick Avista?

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