A taste of what future sports cars will look like.
Opel has unveiled the GT concept, the carmaker's vision of its future sports cars. Purebred, minimalistc and "unashamedly avant-garde" the GT Concept has clean sculptured lines, made even more striking by eliminating the door handles and mirrors from the large doors. The front mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive chassis packs a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine under its stretched hood, developing 145 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. In terms of its size, think Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Mated to a six-speed sequential transmission, the lightweight concept can sprint to 62 mph in less than eight seconds and hit a top speed of 134 mph. Mirroring the name of the 1964 GT Concept, while paying homage to the 1966 Vauxhall XVR and 1965 Opel Experimental GT, the 2016 GT Concept encapsulates designer Mark Adams' philosophy of 'Sculptural Artistry meets Technical Precision.' Building on the gorgeous Monza concept from 2013, the GT Concept is "dramatic, sculptural and full of innovations, which is our great tradition that we intend to continue," said Adams. Innovative features on the concept include accessing the interior via pressing a touchpad integrated in the roof's red signature line.
The electric doors open using a patented mounting allowing for a large opening angle in tight parking spaces. Replacing traditional side mirrors, two cameras are mounted behind the wheel arches transmitting images to a pair of monitors flanking the cabin, while integrated headlamp and indicator units boast a three-dimensional beam for enhanced nighttime visibility. The Opel GT Concept will debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.