Opel's New GT Concept Is A 143 HP Highlight Of The Future (Updated)

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Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann just dropped the brand new Vauxhall/Opel GT concept coupe on Twitter, and it’s an excitingly refreshing design that looks like it just set a zero-to-sixty time through a highlighter factory.

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Opel is reinventing itself, and they “don’t want you to miss what happens next.” According to AutoExpress, the new Vauxhall-slash-Opel GT concept is a RWD sports car outfitted with a 1.0 liter 3-cylinder good for around 143 hp with a six-speed auto.

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It’s supposed to hit 0-62 in less than eight seconds and a top speed of around 130 mph, so it’s not exactly blisteringly quick—but that wont really matter because the car seems extremely likely to just be a design study for the future of the brand(s).

Check out the teaser below:

The pinkish-redish highlight running from the front wheels up the A-pillar and across the “cubed-sphere” shaped cabin, highlighting what is a conservative but attractive overall shape, is a nice unique touch.

I’m getting notes of Tron and Minority Report, which are two decent sci-fi movies that happen to translate well towards GT concept design, apparently.

We’ll see everything this March at Geneva. Until then, you can check out Opel’s site on the history of its concept cars here.

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Oh yea, and it has really cool doors:

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Hat tip to Daniel G.


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DISCUSSION

Under the bonnet sits a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo producing 143bhp. It’s based on the unit found in the current Corsa, and is tuned to develop 205Nm of torque. This is linked to a six-speed auto gearbox, directing power to the rear wheels. A sub-1,000kg kerbweight ensures the GT Concept can accelerate from 0-62mph in less than eight seconds and hit a top speed of 134mph.

143 bhp vs. less than 2200lbs...that’s Miata territory. The original GT also was rather nimble than powerful as it had 90hp to deal with 2150lbs (euro spec) at most.

This raises a question to me (again): why is the american market so obsessed with high power outputs?