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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.