Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Opel | posted February 01, 2016 11:16
Futuristic Opel GT concept gets an early reveal
Opel has revealed the 2016 GT concept ahead of its debut during this year’s Geneva Motor Show in March.
The automaker said that the concept pays homage to the 1966 Vauxhall XVR and the 1965 Opel Experimental GT. It is also the successor of the 1964 GT concept, the first styling model to be produced by the Vauxhall Design & Engineering Center. With that in mind, Opel designed the 2016 GT concept to preview their vision of the future sports car.
Aesthetically, the 2016 GT concept is a two-door coupe featuring a futuristic design. It has a sleek body and large doors with integrated side windows. Moreover, the concept appears to have no door handles and side mirrors.
Up front, the 2016 GT concept is fitted with a long hood, a sharp-looking LED headlights and a bold bumper.
The concept is characterized by a red signature line that “splits the vehicle body horizontally and proportions it.” The 2016 GT concept also comes with distinctive red tires. Both driver and front passenger gain access to the interior after pressing a touchpad for the electric doors that is integrated in the red signature line of the roof.
The rear has three-dimensional taillights, a large bumper, bulging fenders and what appears to be a dual exhaust pipe.
Opel adds that the 2015 GT concept is equipped with two cameras that are mounted behind the wheel arches. These cameras are said to transmit images to two monitors on the left and right-hand side of the cabin. This could explain why the GT concept doesn’t have side mirrors.
Powering the 2016 Opel GT concept is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 145 PS and maximum torque of 205 Nm. The engine delivers drive to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission. Opel claims that the 2016 GT concept could go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than eight seconds before hitting a top speed of 216 km/h.
In other news, Opel reportedly said that the GT concept is unlikely to go into production. Automotive News Europe reports that the 2016 GT concept is purely a study to show innovations that may one day be found in an Opel production car.