Opel enters the Alpha platform with the GT Concept

We thought Opel would save its biggest surprise for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show to a date closer to the opening of the event. Well, it didn’t. Here you have the new Opel GT, a front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car with a surprising engine: a 1.0 3-cylinder turbo!

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Opel does not go into much details about the car apart from the engine, an all aluminum direct-injection turbocharged petrol unit that delivers 107 kW and 205 Nm. Since the two-seater is below 1,000 kg, the engine is able to propel it t from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 8 s and to a top speed of 215 km/h.

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But, when it enters production, it will surely feature a larger engine over the Alpha platform, the same one used by Cadillac ATS and Chevrolet Camaro. It is the “crème de la crème” of GM platforms and one of the only three available. GM also has the Y platform, used by Corvette, and the Zeta platform, used by Holden Commodore and the former Chevrolet Camaro. There is no doubt the Alpha will underpin the production version of this new Opel.

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As we have stated before, the headlights are stylized GT logos, a feature that we would really like to see in the production car. Opel also highlights other exclusive characteristics of the sports car, such as the large doors with integrated side windows. This will remain as a concept element, but it is nice nevertheless to see how the glass and the door seem to be a unique piece. The door opening happens when a touchpad integrated to the red line on the roof is activated. The doors extend to the back part of the wheel arches, an arrangement that is said to save opening space and help get inside the car even in tight parking spaces, a common situation in Europe. Since the solution is patented, expect to see it in the production car.

The Opel GT has no rear-view side mirrors. They have been replaced by two cameras mounted behind the wheel arches. The windshield is integrated to a panorama roof.

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Opel proudly says it has not resourced to nostalgic design.

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The new Opel GT only gets small cues of reference to the old one, such as the central dual exhaust, the long bonnet, the absence of a trunk lid and the red 225/40 R18 Hankook tires, reminiscent of the Opel MotoClub 500, a 1928 motorbike that featured red tires as well. Inside the wheels it is possible to read perimeter brake, but this is something Opel will probably leave for explanation when the car is officially presented at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.