Kez Casey | Jan 28, 2016

After an intriguing teaser campaign, the covers have come off the Opel GT coupe, and a Vauxhall badged version along with a slew of details ahead of the sportscar’s Geneva Motor Show debut.

Initially suspected to be based off the Astra, the GT instead remains true to its RWD roots, with a front-mid mounted engine and rear wheel drive. Like the original Opel Experimental GT of 1965 the new concept also sports conjoined dual central exhaust outlets, a long bonnet, and no boot lid.

Under the hood there’s a turbocharged engine - A little smaller than you might expect too. Borrowed from the funky Adam city car, the 1.0 litre three-cylinder is capable of 107kW and 205Nm.

Thanks to the GT’s low kerb weight, expected to be under 1000kg, the small coupe can dash from 0-100km/h in under eight seconds.

And the body itself, with its incredibly long bonnet and compact cabin has a local flavour, being built by Holden’s melbourne design studio. If you squint you’ll catch the Melbourne skyline in the images.

While the construction was an Aussie affair, the coupe’s design was penned in Europe. If you’re wondering about those red front tyres, they’re intended to pay homage to the Opel Motoclub 500, a motorcycle produced by the company during the 1920s which also wore red rubber.

One of the GT’s more interesting touches are the one-piece doors that seamlessly transition from solid door surface to transparent glass giving the external appearance of a solid surface, while allowing a clear view out for those inside. For ease of access the door hinges are located behind the front wheel arch.

GM hasn’t made mention of the platform situated beneath the GT, while the recent Buick Avista concept and production Cadillac ATS make use of GM’s Alpha chassis the compact and lightweight dimensions could signal a new rear wheel drive component set, to be shared with Cadillac’s rumoured compact RWD sedan.

With cars like the Mazda MX-5 and Toyota 86 in its sights, the Opel GT promises big driving thrills from a small package thanks to a low centre of gravity, a six-speed sequential transmission, and the promise of excellent dynamics.

As for a production version, it’s simply too early to say, but Opel and Vauxhall will be closely monitoring public response to the concept to gauge production feasibility.

If the GT does get the nod a Holden-badged version isn’t out of the question, but it will be quite some time before the local arm is prepared to give their confirmation.

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