THE OPEL GT CONCEPT

The GT Concept incorporates a handful of heritage-laced styling cues, including a pair of round exhaust tips, a feature inspired by the Experimental GT concept that was introduced at the 1965 edition of the Frankfurt show.

Photography: Opel

BACK TO THE FUTURE


The long hood, the lack of chest, the dual central exhaust outlet and the name all refer to the original 1965 Experimental GT. Apart from that, the Opel GT Concept shows no signs of retro design .

DESIGNED FOR EMOTION


A purified form of the future, it’s design is reduced to the pure essentials. No door handles, no outside mirrors, no windscreen wipers. The electric doors open wide when you touch the touchpad on the roof.

NOT JUST AERO LOOKS


"In addition to having a fantastic look, the Opel sports coupe was primarily designed to impress with its sophisticated aerodynamics," explains Erhard Schnell, designer GT. Even the headlights are retractable to reduce air resistance.

RADICAL COCKPIT


Mirrors are replaced with camera-driven screens, and there are no button controls — everything is done by voice commands or touch. The "two round instruments of classical inspiration" are in fact 3D parametric displays. The engine speed and speed are always clearly visible on the left while the information displayed on the right counter can be configured individually.

'We created the GT Concept to capture the bold, emotional spirit of both the Vauxhall and Opel brands,' said Mark Adams, Vice President, Design Europe. 'It is dramatic, sculptural and full of innovations, which is our great tradition that we intend to continue. In the mid-Sixties, Vauxhall and Opel created their own interpretations of a light-weight sports car – the XVR and the Experimental GT – both of which were thoroughly modern with dynamic sculptural forms. It's certainly difficult to reinvent iconic concepts like these, but just as each was avant-garde back then, so too is this GT Concept today – absolutely pure, minimalistic, yet bold and uncompromising. This coupe impressively demonstrates the continuous development of our design philosophy.