In the late 1960s and early '70s, the Opel GT served that purpose with a tight, curvaceous shape and a two-seat cockpit in a classic front-engine/rear-drive layout. It was essentially a third-generation Opel Kadett B but with custom coachwork from a French outfit, making it something of a European counterpart to the Chevy Corvette – albeit with a small four-cylinder engine instead of a big V8. Decades later, the nameplate was revived as a clone of the Saturn Sky in 2007, replacing the mid-engined Lotus-built Opel Speedster that preceded it. But since the roadster's discontinuation (along with the Sky and Pontiac Solstice), the brand has been lacking a halo car.
Hopes were kindled anew when Opel revealed the Monza concept in Frankfurt a couple of years ago, but now they appear to be taking another step forward in the form of the new GT concept. The automaker promises another teaser video in a couple of days that will hopefully show us more than its CEO walking down a futuristic hallway with a creepy Terminator-style red eye, and we're looking forward to seeing what it has in store. With a bit of luck, it will prove a worthy successor to the nameplate – and maybe, just maybe, will yield a production sports car that the General might consider bringing Stateside as a Chevy, Buick, or Cadillac.
Breathtaking sportscar concept to celebrate world premiere at Geneva Motor Show
Rüsselsheim. It is only visible for a few moments in the first video but they are enough to create an appetite for more: Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann announces the next major step for Opel – the GT Concept. With this, the company will launch the next step of the sculptural Opel design philosophy. "You will see Opel with a fresh pair of eyes," promises Dr. Neumann. The concept car carries on the great tradition of the carmaker that is already made clear by the name: the Opel GT Concept is coming.
In the film, a characteristic red detail is mirrored in the eye of the beholder – a first preview of a trendsetting concept that will celebrate its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show (March 3 to 13). The breathtaking and puristic sportscar expresses the continuous innovative strength and the new lifestyle of Opel. Dr. Neumann will reveal more on the newcomer in a second clip on January 21.