In news that’s sure to send a pang of sadness through car enthusiasts, the Opel GT Concept seems unlikely to make the move to production.
Images of the new compact rear-wheel-drive coupe surfaced last week, ahead of the GT’s official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Now the company has told Automotive News Europe that while the GT Concept offers a look at innovations that may one day appear in Opel’s production vehicles, the GT itself is merely a design study, and not destined for a production future.
Citing the small potential of the shrinking sports car sector as a primary reason, Opel shut the door on the GT’s production chances. It did however state that if the car were to make the move to production, a long gestation period would mean the car was years away from a showroom debut.
With a kerb weight of less than 1000kg, and powered by a 107kW turbocharged three-cylinder engine, the GT Concept was a potential rival for the Mazda MX-5. Toyota has also displayed a similar vehicle with its compact S-FR Concept.
Before official information about the GT Concept surfaced, some reports indicated that the compact two-door was to be based around the front-wheel-drive mechanical package of the Astra hatch.
And now that the GT’s production future has been put to bed, those rumours have kicked off anew.
Mooted for a 2017 or 2018 launch an Astra-based roadster is rumoured to be in development, returning to the idea that Opel’s small sports car could arrive as a low-cost competitor to the Audi TT.
While Opel has previously shown the larger Monza coupe in 2013, no new production two-door from the brand has yet surfaced.
The recent appearance of the Buick Avista, and Buick’s close relationship with Opel has spurred hopes of a coupe-revival for both brands, but General Motors remains coy about the production future for any of its recent two-door concepts.