Opel GT Concept Previews Small GM Sports Car

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Vauxhall and Opel are showing off their template for future sports cars at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

The Vauxhall GT Concept pays homage to the 1966 Vauxhall VXR and the 1965 Opel Experimental GT, sporting a front-mid engine setup that keeps the car’s center of gravity low and central for excellent dynamics. Under the long hood is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine sporting 143 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque and is based on the all-aluminum powerplant used in the ADAM, Corsa and Astra. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission, allowing the Vauxhall GT Concept to accelerate from zero-to-62 mph in under eight seconds. Top speed is rated at 134 mph.

It might not sound like a potent engine, but the GT Concept also tips the scales at a scant 2,205 pounds.

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The exterior styling of the Vauxhall GT Concept features integrated headlights and indicator units, using ultra-modern projection technology. The lights have a three-dimensional beam that emits glare-free high-beam driving. Helping keep the profile smooth is a seamless transition from the door glass to the metal of the body, while the side doesn’t have any exposed door handles or mirrors. The black and silver theme is contrasted by red stripes and red accents on the front wheels and tires.

Opel sports cars of the past, like the original GT, was sold in the U.S., so there is a possibility that the new model will make the trip across the ocean if it is produced.

Check back with AutoGuide.com in early March when we’ll be reporting live from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

“We created the GT Concept to capture the bold, emotional spirit of both the Vauxhall and Opel brands,” said Mark Adams, Vice President, Design Europe. “It is dramatic, sculptural and full of innovations, which is our great tradition that we intend to continue. In the mid-Sixties, Vauxhall and Opel created their own interpretations of a light-weight sports car – the XVR and the Experimental GT – both of which were thoroughly modern with dynamic sculptural forms. It’s certainly difficult to reinvent iconic concepts like these, but just as each was avant-garde back then, so too is this GT Concept today – absolutely pure, minimalistic, yet bold and uncompromising. This coupe impressively demonstrates the continuous development of our design philosophy.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Tyler Regas Tyler Regas on Feb 22, 2016

    I somehow missed the Opel GT preview and was drawn here by the just posted interior images. I was hoping that the exterior would, at the very least, present as something even vaguely possible. I was wrong. From the unfortunate red slash to the badly stained front tires with the hideously distorted crease lines in the side panels, it's all wrong. The overall shape and stance are quite nice. It's sad that the designers opted to sully it with all that 1980's-era flashy junk.