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2017 Opel GT Concept

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The Opel GT is a two-seat sports car first presented as a styling exercise in 1965 at the Paris and Frankfurt motor shows, and introduced as a production model late in 1968 by the German automaker Opel. It relied partly on components from the contemporary Opel Kadett B and had a body made by French contractor Brissonneau & Lotz. Its styling has been likened to the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette which went on sale in September 1967, which in turn was styled after the 1964 Pontiac Banshee.

The 2016 Opel GT concept was officially revealed on January 27, 2016. Built on an all-new compact rear-wheel-drive platform, the GT has a lightweight construction and stripped down interior. Although featuring Opel’s new youth-oriented design language first previewed on the Opel Monza concept from 2013, it also features historic design cues associated with Opel’s past products; the twin tailpipes with the GT wordmark in the middle are reminiscent of those on the original 1965 GT prototype, as well as the distinctive red front tires inspired by the Opel Motoclub 500 motorcycle from the 1920s. Power comes from a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine producing 145 hp, transferred through a 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox. The car will make its first public debut on March 1 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. A production version could follow in 2018, in time for the 50th anniversary of the original Opel GT’s unveiling in 1968.

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