The Opel GT Concept will celebrate its world premiere at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. This trendsetting sportscar expresses the continuous innovative strength of Opel – breathtaking in its shape, reduced to the bare essentials, pure passion. The thoroughbred athlete with a front mid-engine and rear-wheel drive is a direct descendant of the Opel GT and the Monza Concept and takes Opel’s sculptural design philosophy to the next level. The sportscar is avant-garde yet puristic, renounces everything that disturbs the pure form. The GT Concept has no door handles or exterior door mirrors.
“We are taking the next step towards even more emotion and driving pleasure with the Opel GT Concept. It shows what Opel stands for now. We are confident, ambitious, innovative, and we want to win over more customers with every new car,” said Opel Group CEO Dr Karl-Thomas Neumann who is already looking forward to the world premiere in Geneva.
The Opel GT Concept will follow in the way of the famous Opel Experimental GT at the Geneva Motor Show. In 1965, only one year after the foundation of the first design studio run by a European car manufacturer, Opel presented this sleek and expressive coupé with the reliable technology of the Kadett B at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, it was not just innovative because it was the first concept car ever presented by a European manufacturer. The GT already dazzled with innovations such as retracting headlamps and displayed a slim form along with perfect proportions without unnecessary decoration. The uncompromising concept by Erhard Schnell mainly wanted to be one thing -- a design statement. The reactions from the public were so overwhelming that the series production Opel GT was at dealerships only three years later. The rest is history -- a success story, an automotive icon.
The GT Concept once again showcases Opel’s pioneering spirit. A dynamic driving machine -- something that is already symbolized by the red signature line that splits the vehicle body horizontally and proportions it. The distinctive red front tyres -- mounted on rims with a cheeky roller skates design -- are reminiscent of the Opel motorbike Motoclub 500 that was also avant-garde at its time and was the proud owner of two red tyres in 1928. Apart from that, the GT Concept does not have many links to the past. The long bonnet, the absence of a trunk lid, the central dual exhaust and, of course, the name, all refer to the original GT. Apart from that, the Opel GT Concept is independent with no sign of retro design. – Source: Opel Press