But only one example has been made.
Of all the brands that General Motors has had control over, it's the German automaker Opel that gets forgotten about most here in the States. That doesn't mean that the company no longer exists though, as we saw last year when a new Opel Mokka was unveiled with styling that drew us in from the moment we saw it. At the time, the car was nothing more than a blip on the radar to most, but then last month, Opel announced a new EV called the Manta. Named after a rear-wheel-drive coupe sold from 1970 until the late '80s, the Manta never really took off in the US, but the EV version could well be the most attractive Opel in decades.
Now the car has been fully unveiled with a typically odd name: Manta GSe ElektroMOD. The idea behind this EV is to showcase Opel's heritage while also previewing the brand's new electric focus. It also celebrates 50 years of the Manta name, but we don't blame you if you haven't heard of it before. So what are the highlights?
Well, a single electric motor produces 145 horsepower with 166 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly, this output is managed by a four-speed gearbox, just like the original. You can thus shift manually if you like or leave the car in fourth to let it drive automatically.
With a 31-kWh lithium-ion battery, range is rated at approximately 124 miles. A 9-kW charger takes just four hours to replenish the battery while regenerative braking helps you achieve the claims. 17-inch wheels are fitted too, along with a Pixel-Vizor front end that can display messages and images, while the cabin shows off a 12-inch driver info display and a 10-inch infotainment display connected to a sound system from Marshall.
Sadly, this is just a one-off and will likely never reach production in this form. But with enough interest, this could one day be the electric Mazda MX-5 Miata. Now that both Opel and sister company Vauxhall have committed to electrification across their lineup by 2024, that could just happen.