Opel plans to go retro with purist design
RÜSSELSHEIM — The Opel GT Concept makes its debut at next month’s Geneva International Motor Show.
With a front mid- engine driving the rear wheels, Opel states that the GT Concept “is a direct descendant of the Opel GT and the Monza Concept, and takes Opel’s sculptural design philosophy to the next level”.
As for its fluid design, the statement explains the “avantgarde yet puristic form renounces everything that disturbs the pure form”.
Which may explain why the GT Concept has no door handles or exterior door mirrors.
The distinctive red front tyres are mounted on rims with a cheeky roller- skate design to remind 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.
“Back in 1965, Opel developed the Experimental GT, a thoroughly modern vehicle that also boasted a pure sculptural shape. It’s certainly difficult to reinvent an icon but just as the Experimental GT was avant- garde back then, so too is this GT Concept today — absolutely pure, minimalistic, yet bold and uncompromising.
“This coupé demonstrates impressively the continuous development of our design philosophy — ‘ Sculptural Artistry meets German precision’,” said Mark Adams, vice president of Design Europe.
The Opel GT Concept has a powerful 1,0- litre, three- cylinder turbo- charged engine based on the ultra- modern all- aluminium engine used in the Adam, Corsa and Astra. Opel says the new GT’s dry weight of less than 1 000 kg allows a 0 to 100 km/ h sprint in less than eight seconds and a top speed of 215 km/ h.
The latest in adaptive full LED light allows glare- free high beam driving, which is already used on the new Astra, and the three- dimensional design of the tail lamps makes the new GT distinctive at night. — WR.
While Japan’s designers see 2016 as more edgy than Darth Vader’s helmet, over at Opel, young Europeans hark back to the lines of the 1965 Opel GT with a 1- litre concept.