Vauxhall cryptically teases GT concept for Geneva

Vauxhall GT ConceptOpel and Vauxhall continue to make CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann look nefarious in teasers for the upcoming GT concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The divisions' boss trades his Terminator-like red eye from the first video for a Bond villain swagger in the latest one, but we also get a tiny glimpse at the vehicle's design.

The dark lighting only lets us see the front fender and headlight, but it's clear that the new GT has a low-slung, pointed nose. A teaser shot also shows the double exhausts with the model's logo in between them. Opel and Vauxhall promise that the new design is quite modern rather than a retro revival of the original GT. However, the company is willing to include some old school touches because the red tires on the concept are a callback to the rubber on the 1928 Opel Motoclub 500 motorcycle.

The original Opel GT of the late '60s was a stylish little sports coupe, and its combination of a curvaceous body and pop-up headlights made the car look like the C3 Corvette's little brother. The name returned in the 2000s as a European version of the Saturn Sky. We're curious what Opel might have in store for the model's revival this time.
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Following last week's intriguing film, Vauxhall shows more of Geneva Show car in new video

Luton/Rüsselsheim – In an enticing prelude to the Geneva Show premiere of Vauxhall's GT Concept, the company has released a second film that reveals more of the car's design.

In the clip, Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, CEO of Vauxhall and Opel, opens a door to show the front of the purebred GT Concept, with the words: 'Don't miss what happens next.'

Accompanying the film is an image of the GT Concept's central double exhaust, and while the car's design is in no way 'retro', the feature was a highlight of ground-breaking concept cars from both Vauxhall and sister brand Opel in the mid-1960s. Vauxhall presented the XVR at the Geneva Show in 1966, and Opel the Experimental GT at Frankfurt the year before. Both were ultra-modern, minimalistic and uncompromising, with a sculptural shape – a philosophy which also defines the design of the new GT Concept.

As for the GT Concept's red tyre, seen briefly in this latest film, it pays homage in an avant-garde way to the Motoclub 500, a futuristic Opel motorcycle from 1928 that wore red rubber*.

*The MotoClub 500 was a production bike, rather than a concept

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