Opel GT Concept

GM seems to be seriously considering launching a small sports
car. The latest Opel GT concept currently on show at the Geneva
points to this cause. Beyond the concept’s show-car paint is a
small rear-wheel drive sports coupe that has a lot of
potential.

The new Opel GT concept is a direct descendant of the original
Opel GT that was nicknamed “the baby Corvette” way back in the
1960’s and early ‘70s. In the US, the original Opel GT was sold
through Buick dealers. GM tried to revive the nameplate in 2007
by using a tweaked version of the Saturn Sky roadster but that
model stayed briefly until 2010 and was discontinued when GM
underwent bankruptcy.

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Opel GT Concept Exterior

The front of the concept features a wide grille which is
flanked by LED headlights that offer an ultra-modern projection
technology as well as glare-free high-beam driving. The vehicle
also features short overhangs that complement its sharp creases
and long bonnet that result in a sleek exterior profile.

The small sports car rides on bespoke steel front wheels which
are wrapped in red tires as a tribute to the Motoclub 500, a
motorcycle that was introduced in 1928. The red color is also
featured on the front wings and runs over the cabin towards the
rear.

On the sides, the mirrors are replaced with cameras integrated
in the front wheel arches. The door handles are also replaced
with small touch pads which are integrated into the red stripe.
The vehicle also incorporates a number of heritage-laced
styling cues; they include two round exhaust tips derived from
the Experimental GT concept of 1965.

To complete the look is a combination of Red, Gray and Black
paint job that is sure to turn heads on the streets that is if
the model be produced.

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Opel GT Concept Interior

Inside, Opel has used a new system which the automaker has
christened the “Human Machine Interface” (HMI). The system is
button-less and is operated via voice commands and a central
touchpad.

The system takes note of the driver’s habits and adapts to
them. As time goes by, the system continues adapting to the
driver’s needs and becomes smarter. The system is so advanced
that it can adjust temperature, change music and even change
direction according to the prevailing condition which hints the
autonomous direction the automotive sector is taking.

Its instruments are projection surfaces that can even display
information in 3D as well as in different colors. For example,
if the driver is driving under time pressure it will display
navigation without numerical values and if it detects spirited
cornering it will display G-Force. Its voice commands are so
advanced, not only will you issue voice commands, the car can
also talk back to you in that it can issue vocal warnings of
hazards around you.

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Engine Specs and Performance

Under the hood, the concept is powered by a 1.0 L, turbo
three-cylinder engine which produces 145 hp and 151 lb-ft of
torque. This is the same engine on the Opel Adam mini-car The
power is sent to the rear wheels via a paddle-shift 6-speed
automatic transmission.

The concept runs from 0-60 mph in just under 8 seconds and hits
a top speed of 134 mph.  These numbers are courtesy of its
sub-2,200 lbs curb weight. Though the figure puts the GT
concept in line with other small sports cars, it will
experience a huge resistance in the market.

The Toyota FR-S and its twin Subaru BRZ are perfect examples.
The two identical models have struggled in the market since
many people perceive them as lacking in power output. The GT
concept with around 60 hp less power output might even struggle
more than the BRZ and FR-S. Buyers have failed to buy onto the
Subaru and Toyota’s point of view where the models are designed
more for the joy of driving as opposed to their performance.

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Price and release date

It is not clear whether the Opel GT will make it to
production.  Mark Adams, the brains behind the car said
that they are investigating what they need to do to take the
car into production but a decision has not been made yet. The
tech’ of the car is in the development stage but they are
confident the technology will soon find its way on production
cars.

Mark Adams continued to say that they want to offer a sexy but
attainable car just like the original GT. This will give
everyone a chance to enjoy a sports car and not just the rich
who can afford exotic supercars.

Competition

If the car makes it to production, which we really hope it
will, it will rival the like of Mazda
MX-5 Miata and Scion FR-S and
Subaru
BRZ.