Opel plans to go retro with purist de­sign

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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.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

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.

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