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Opel hotty! New GT roadster

2007-01-29 07:56

Opel GT roadster has American genes

There is another German carmaker entering the roadster ring! Opel has just unveiled its new GT roadster, and it is hot!

The new Opel GT has all the right roadster ingredients - naturally it?s a two-seater, features a fabric roof, comes with a potent front-mounted engine and is rear-wheel driven.

With a wide stance, sleek silhouette, long, front-hinged bonnet and short overhangs, it is set to turn heads.

The development of the Opel GT is a prime example of transcontinental collaboration within GM.

It stems from the decision to expand the concern?s portfolio with a compact, rear-wheel drive, sporty vehicle architecture that can be implemented globally.

The first step towards realising this idea was the Solstice concept car in 2002, followed a year later by the Vauxhall VX Lightning concept, which was conceived at the GM Advanced Design Studio in Coventry, England.

Strongly inspired by the VX, the Opel GT has been adapted to the current Opel design language at the GM Design Studio in Detroit and the GM Europe Design Studios in Rüsselsheim.

The Opel roadster will be built at the Wilmington/Delaware plant in the USA, where its highly successful American GM sister models, the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky, are also produced.

The GT comes with a 2-litre turbocharged engine with a maximum output of 194 kW at 5 300 r/min and high torque plateau of 353 Nm between 2 500 and 5 000 r/min.

According to Opel it takes the GT "less than six seconds" to go from 0-100km/h.

  • There is no indication yet if the Opel GT will be available in SA
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