Futuristic with it's lack of door handles and car mirrors, the car will appeal to driving enthusiasts with its breathtaking form clothing a classic front mid-engined and a rear-wheel drive chassis. This new GT Concept pays homage to two significant motorshow cars; the 1966 Vauxhall XVR and the 1965 Opel Experimental GT, which were the first true concept vehicles to appear from a European design house. The 2016 Concept is also the logical next step on from the 2013 innovative and beautiful Monza concept.
‘We created the GT Concept to capture the bold, emotional spirit of both the Vauxhall and Opel brands,’ said Mark Adams, Vice President, Design Europe. ‘It is dramatic, sculptural and full of innovations, which is our great tradition that we intend to continue. In the mid-Sixties, Vauxhall and Opel created their own interpretations of a light-weight sports car – the XVR and the Experimental GT – both of which were thoroughly modern with dynamic sculptural forms. It’s certainly difficult to reinvent iconic concepts like these, but just as each was avant-garde back then, so too is this GT Concept today – absolutely pure, minimalistic, yet bold and uncompromising. This coupe impressively demonstrates the continuous development of our design philosophy.’
The GT Concepts large doors with integrated side windows is one of the cars key innovative features. With this feature, both driver and passenger get into the car by pressing a touchpad for the elctric doors which is integrated in the red signature line in the roof of the car. You can gain rear view visibility through monitors situated on the left and right hand side of the cabin, which derive from two cameras mounted behind the rear wheel arches. The windscreen flows into a glass panorama roof, affording the driver and passanger a similar experience to that of a targa topped car.
Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director, Rory Harvey, summarised what the GT Concept meant to both brands: ‘It shows what Vauxhall and Opel stand for now – ambitious and confident brands that are not frightened to innovate.’