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Opel GT Concept Not Dead Yet

Opel GT Concept Not Dead Yet

Back in March at the Geneva Motor Show Opel revealed the stunning rear-wheel-drive GT Concept. While no one was overly optimistic the car would see production, Opel’s chairman says the idea of producing the car isn’t dead within Opel just yet. The primary holdup at this point is actually finding a chassis to build it on.

Vauxhall-Opel chairman Karl-Thomas Neumann told AutoCar: “It’s a car we all love and the public love, so we really want to build it. The question is what the right approach is, so we are studying different directions we could follow.”

Opel basically has two avenues to producing this car. The company can either pull a rear-wheel-drive platform out of the GM global parts bin, which would likely mean the Alpha platform that underpins the Cadillac ATS, CTS and Chevrolet Camaro or hack together a new platform using bits and pieces from several other GM cars.

While using Alpha is likely the most viable option, it would likely mean that the production GT would have to grow in size a bit from the roadster form of the concept. Using Alpha could also make the Buick Avista a viable sister-car for production.

The report also speculates that Opel could utilize an MG platform through GM’s joint-venture partner in China, SAIC. SAIC owns MG.

Neumann also says he feels like Opel has about two years to make a decision on the GT Concept before the design becomes too stale. While that’s subject to interpretation, we can likely all conclude sooner the better in this case.





 

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  1. nsaporito
    arutherford
    That would be more of a Calibra than a GT.


    Fine. Call it that.

    The GT thing is not even practical. Kappa platform died in bankruptcy. At least a Calibra-type coupe would sell in better numbers than that shoebox.
    arutherford
    nsaporito
    Here's a thought for GM...

    Instead of building this little one-off for Opel, why not build an Alpha coupe for Opel. Call it the GT and, I don't know...Avista for Buick??


    That would be more of a Calibra than a GT.
    Tone
    I think the only way these kinds of cars make business sense is if they are limited edition by design. Find a flexible parts set and roll out a small sports car, then a coupe, then a roadster ... Make something special and then move on to the next thing. Fulfill the passionate small market, then move onto the next one.
    nsaporito
    Here's a thought for GM...

    Instead of building this little one-off for Opel, why not build an Alpha coupe for Opel. Call it the GT and, I don't know...Avista for Buick??
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