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Geneva LIVE: Opel GT concept

by Ronan Glon

The concept pays homage to the original Opel GT that debuted in 1968.

General Motors' Germany-based Opel division has unveiled a new concept called GT at the Geneva Auto Show.

The GT's silhouette is loosely inspired by the Experimental GT concept that Opel presented at the 1965 edition of the Frankfurt Auto Show. The similarities between the two models are vague at best, and the coupe doesn't feature a full-on retro-styled look like the Volkswagen Beetle and the Fiat 500. Instead, its front end borrows a handful of styling cues from the Monza concept that was shown at the 2013 Frankfurt show.

Highly futuristic, the GT boasts a two-tone black and gray paint job accented by a red stripe, red front tires, and side windows that are seamlessly integrated into the doors. The door handles have been replaced by touch pads located in the aforementioned red stripes, and the coupe is fitted with cameras in lieu of mirrors.

Power comes from a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that's borrowed from the Adam, a small city car aimed right at the Fiat 500. It has been tweaked to send 145 horsepower to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. The GT reaches 60 mph from a stop in less than eight seconds, and it goes on to a top speed of 133 mph.

While rumors claim the GT will spawn a production model, Opel stresses the coupe is merely a design study developed for the auto show circuit.

What's in a name?Opel first used the GT nameplate on a coupe that was launched in 1968 and briefly sold in the United States through Buick dealerships alongside a handful of other models including the Kadett and the Manta. The GT was axed in 1973, but the moniker was dusted off in 2007 for Opel's version of the short-lived Saturn Sky.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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