Opel previews future sports car ‘template’

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Opel has announced it will reveal its vision of the future sports car with the GT Concept at this year’s Geneva International Motorshow (March 3-13).

Described as ‘purebred and pared down’, the GT Concept is based around a classic front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive chassis that the brand believes will appeal to driving enthusiasts.

Opel has kept details of the car quiet ahead of the unveiling, but states that the car’s powertrain configuration has been chosen to deliberately keep the car’s centre of gravity as low and central as possible for ‘excellent dynamics’.

Beneath its stretched bonnet is the 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine, based on the all-aluminium unit used in the ADAM, Corsa and Astra. Developing 145PS and maximum torque of 205Nm, the engine drives the rear wheels, via a six-speed sequential transmission operated by steering-wheel mounted paddle shift. Said to weigh under 1000kgs, the GT Concept has claimed performance of 0-62mph in less than eight seconds and on to a maximum speed of 134mph.

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