Remember the Opel GT? It was one of the very few Opels to reach our shores, and made a big impression as a cut-price Corvette with similar curves to the American sports car, but it packed four fewer cylinders and a heap less horsepower. Despite the lack of power, the GT won fans with its diminutive stature and small-car handling prowess. Now, the spirit of the Opel GT is revived with General Motor’s reveal of the shapely Opel GT concept.
Right out of the gate, our nostalgia is tickled by the long hood and tall bubble canopy aped from the original GT. From there, all resemblances to the original GT drop off. Opel instead created the GT concept as a rolling sculpture that previews where the sports car is headed in the coming years.
To achieve this smooth appearance, the GT concept features large side doors with integrated windows that flawlessly blend with painted surfaces. Of course, being a design concept, Opel made it needlessly difficult to open the door, with a draconian electronic “touchpad” embedded in the red roof rails.
Inside, the Opel GT concept is no more normal. Instead of mirrors, two cameras mounted behind the wheel arches project a moving image onto two screens mounted on the inside of the cabin. The windshield “flows” directly into a panoramic sunroof, allowing for an unbroken stretch of glass. Up front, special headlights project light “very three-dimensionally,” according to Opel.
While the original Opel GT was criticized for its rather wheezy Kadett-sourced four-cylinder, the GT Concept hides cutting-edge powertrain tech under its svelte bodywork. A 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder sends 145 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque to rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission, operated via wheel-mounted paddles.
Though the power rating might be low, Opel claims the GT concept tips the scales at under 2,200 pounds, allowing the micro-machine to crack 60 mph in under eight seconds, and top out at 134 mph.
This new GT remains purely conceptual, with no immediate intention to bring it to production. Instead, it previews the future style and technology that will be found on sports cars in the years to come. The Opel GT Concept will make its official debut at the 2016 Geneva auto show. Until then, take a look at the GT in the photo gallery below.