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Opel GT Concept Marks The Return of the Baby Corvette

Opel has introduced the GT concept ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March 2016. The German-based division of General Motors first introduced the experimental GT concept in 1965 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The newest GT Concept is based off of the original GT that was billed as a ‘Baby Corvette’ when it was introduced in Europe in 1968. . It features a handful of heritage styling cues and then some more. The Opel GT Concept marks the return of the Baby Corvette.

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The new GT Concept includes a pair of round exhaust tips that have been inspired by the 1965 concept. It does not have a full retro-styled design. Instead, it boasts a futuristic looking design. The front end falls in line with the Opel Monza Concept that was presented at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The sleek look of the coupe is accentuated by the grey, red and black paint job that subtly incorporates the side windows.

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Opel has done away with the rear view mirrors. Instead, it has integrated cameras into the front wheel arches. The door handles are also absent. Instead, small touch pads are incorporated into the red stripe. The front tires are a striking red color that helps the concept stand out in the crowd. According to Opel, the red front tires are a homage to the Motoclub 500, a motorcycle that was introduced in 1928.

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The Opel GT Concept is powered by a front mid-mounted 1.0 liter three cylinder engine that is borrowed from the Opel Adam. The engine is turbocharged and generates a peak power of 145hp. The gear box is a six-speed sequential. The GT Concept achieves the 0-100kmph mark in less than 8 seconds. The top speed is 214kmph (133mph). A petrol and diesel engine variant are available. A four cylinder variant is to be available as well.

While a 6-cylinder engine is not part of the lineup for now, Open has revealed that a high performance 300hp GT will be added to the production lineup in the future. While the original GT was a rear-wheel drive, the new GT concept is to be built on the same platform as the Opel Astra. It is likely that it will have a front wheel drive.

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Continue reading for more information about the GT Concept and to view our gallery on the car.

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Motorcyclist, Traveler, Aerospace Engineer and your friendly neighborhood Batman. Suhas has been meandering on two wheels since 2008. His love for automobiles, aeroplanes and his passion for travel has brought him here. He's a RC plane hobbyist currently building a Supermarine Spitfire and the Associate Editor at TheMotorLife

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