• Mar 3, 2007

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We can only hope this Opel coupe comes to the US as the Saturn Whoop-Ass, SAAB Sonnet, heck, we'd even let them call it the Allante II. For now, it's known as the Opel Gran Turismo Coupe concept. Whatever it gets called is fine with us. It's sure handsome, and if scuttlebutt is true, it can back up the fast profile with real performance. The coupe is rumored to have a 300 hp turbocharged V6 lurking under the cleanly-drawn sheetmetal. That motive force is distributed to all four wheels, and the underpinnings are donated from the next-generation Vectra. Of course the concept is equipped like the full-boat, optioned up model would be (and then some); so it has all the goodies like a hard-disk based infotainment system, parking assistance, and undoubtedly more. We'll get to see this car up close and personal at the Geneva show, which is so close now that we're like 8 year olds on Christmas Eve. For now, we'll have to be satisfied to gaze longingly at these leaked photos that turned up on Spanish website km77.

[Source: km77 via Motor Authority]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Dan, Do you yell this much in real life, you must be a pleasure to be around.

      roar
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks nice, not too sure about those things coming down from the headlights though. Looks a little Skyline/G35 Coupe-ish in that main picture from the A-pillar back. Not that that's a bad thing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That car is totally, totally, Bitchin'! 10 yr./100,000 mile warranty? Less than $20,000 and fast? Where do I sign?
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ SilverAero:

      They will. The new Vectra is due next year and Opel is doing the very same thing they did with the Astra last time: Preview the design language as a coupe. The only question is: How long will it take Saturn to take over the next Vectra (The plan being to sell identical products in the future which will be built in both Europe and and the US), when the Aura (which is similar to the current Vectra, but doesn't have that many parts in common) is considerably newer (and not aching for a replacement).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Saturn? Looks more like Uranus to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have to lought about all the comments that this car looks like a G35 Skyline GT-R what ever... it carry all the bodylines that all modern Opel carry since many years now.. they simple added some optical gimick to it like that wirred intakes under the front lights... the basic lines are the same as you see at the Astra OPC or the new Corsa OPC... hope they make it as the new Calibra... the Calibra has a giant fan base that is hungry for a successor...
      To the guy who claimed that Opel is not doing well outside Germany, Opel is GM leading brand in Europe/ Africa and the middle east.
      To the comment that the switches inside look like Saab... all Saab models are developt by Opel.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would not call it Calibra, because it sounds to close to Caliber, that horrible Dodge hatchback car thing
      • 7 Years Ago
      GOOD LOOKING!! (assuming cleanup of that front end)
      -- not sure starting with a front wheel drive transverse platform is the way to make a world beating sportster, but for a fun car, cool.
      -- and can it be made economically without too much design compromise? That deck lid stamping looks expensive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very very nice. Personally I think this car is a bit too sophisticated for Saturn. It would make an excellent car for Saab. Saturn is getting good new product in the "middle" section of the market, and I think they're generally going to be in pretty good shape.

      On the other hand, there is plenty of room for growing the Saab brand, and the upper end of the market, where GM is not well represented (in the US), except for Cadillac.
      • 7 Years Ago
      First off, this is a gorgeous car, and GM would be stupid to not bring it state-side.
      To answer the question of what it would be called, I'm gonna say that the overall styling would translate into the next generation Aura (congrats GM for thinking about a redesign so early, not saying the Aura is ugly), and this would therefore be an Aura coupé.
      Hell, I don't care if they call it the Saturn Suckmobile, I freaking want one now!!

      The imports better start watching their backs. GM's import fighter has already one international car of the year, will bring over a very hot small car (Astra), and if they build this, will be a very big force to be reckoned with.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks very production-feasible... Breaklines where they would be in production (check out that interior, with the center console breaklines where you'd have to have them to make it).

      The detailing, especially on the exterior (mirrors, front end lamps, etc.) are a bit over the top and likely to change, but the overall essence is there and it is sharp.

      Saturn is a good brand for GM in North America (arguably stronger than Opel is outside of Germany)... If they just replicate the positioning above Chevrolet that they seem to be doing with Opel in international markets, they may be onto something (though it begs the question of what to do with Pontiac & Buick, which I don't seem them dropping as a brand because of it's Chinese success). Perhaps, they make Buick the Chinese brand for Saturn/Opel products? It seems that they're positioning Chevrolet, relative to Buick, in the Chinese market, as they seem to be doing, relative to Opel, in Europe...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hot! For a GM product! I am sure if this sees production, we could only be lucky enough to get one of these here in the states. I actually like the look of the front. It is different and would instantly be recognizable (as a Saturn or Opel!) Noticing that most of this car looks production ready (notice the interioe, not a show car interior at all!) I predict this to be an offshoot of the new Vectra coming out. Hopefully GM will consider a coupe like this (since the Vectra has no coupe and there is only a hatch/sedan/wagon)I think it would be a great Calibra follow up!
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