Opel GT: Opel Goes Roadster
• Classic proportions: sleek silhouette, long hood, short overhangs
• Archetypal roadster architecture wîth front-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive
• High-tech turbo direct injection and twin A-arms
• Roadster fun and performance at affordable price: 264 hp for 30,675 euros
The modern definition of an athletic two-seater finds its form in the new Opel GT. As a classic roadster, it has a powerful front-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive, a cockpit wîth sporty instruments and a tailor-made fabric roof. With a wide stance, sleek silhouette, long, front-hinged hood and short overhangs, the proportions are typical of this class. The Opel GT also brings new charm to this genre wîth its own unmistakable personality thanks to its exciting shape, which contrasts sharp edges wîth curved surfaces to create a dynamic look, and its configuration, which enables a refined driving experience, even on long journeys. The GT's pricing is also attractive. For 30,675 euros (recommended retail price in Germany incl. VAT), customers get no less than 264 hp from the high-tech turbo engine wîth gasoline direct injection. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes less than six seconds. The new two-seater carries its legendary name because it continues the tradition of the first Opel GT (1968 – 1973) and, like the original, competes in one of the most exciting vehicle classes.
The new Opel GT also showcases the brand's passion for dynamic cars, and the conviction that 'Opel was never as young as today'. This is underlined by niche models wîth a high fun factor, such as the Astra GTC wîth panorama windshield, the Tigra TwinTop and Astra TwinTop cabrio-coupés, as well as the high-performance OPC family. They enrich the model portfolio and emotionalize the brand.
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 wîth a compact, rear-wheel drive, sporty vehicle architecture that can be implemented globally. The first step towards realizing 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 under the direction of Bryan Nesbitt. The Opel roadster will be built at the Wilmington/Delaware plant in the ÚSA, where its highly successful American GM sister models, the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky, are also produced.
The new GT's story is reminiscent of that of its classic predecessor. In 1968, the original Opel GT set an automotive manufacturing precedent in Europe when it became the first car to go into production after being debuted to the public as a concept study. The legendary American sports car, the Corvette, made the same start in 1953 in the ÚSA. The new Opel GT shares some engineering characteristics wîth the current Corvette, such as part of the architecture.Crisp, dynamic look wîth strong face
Sharp lines coupled wîth taut surfaces give the new Opel GT a crisp, dynamic look. Its strong face is dominated by the fender's accentuated sweep, the bold chrome crossbar wîth integrated Opel logo, the elongated hood wîth brand-typical center crease, chrome-bordered vents and bold 3-D headlamps in clear glass look drawn deep into the side panels. The GT's especially sporty characteristics include the long air vents in the hood, the grooving in the front fenders wîth their dynamic, Opel-typical horizontal contours, like on the Antara , the double-pipe exhaust system and the twin air scoops behind the head restraints, which are reminiscent of designs from roadster and motor sport history. 18-inch aluminum wheels in new five-spoke design fill out the wheelarches, and emphasize the roadster character, as does the fabric roof, which completely disappears beneath a cover for open-top driving fun.
Chrome-ringed instruments in the cockpit clearly display all important information, while black piano lacquer and chrome finishes accentuate the high-tech nuance of the surface structures. These all combine wîth optional leather seats wîth visible stitching to highlight the sporty ambience. The short gear stick adds significantly to the driving fun: directly connected straight to the roadster's five-speed transmission, its short gear travel enables quick gear shifts from the roadster-typical seating position.High-tech turbo engine wîth direct injection and variable camshaft phasing
The new Opel GT does not just look quick, it is quick! Its longitudinally front-installed 264 hp engine wîth turbocharging and gasoline direct injection accelerates the roadster to 100 km/h from a standing start in just 5.7 seconds, and up to a top speed of around 230 km/h. 'When it comes to high-performance roadsters, there is no better balance between price, driving enjoyment and fun,' says Alain Visser, Executive Director Sales and Marketing, Opel. There's no question about it: no other Opel has ever produced 132 hp output per liter. The new Opel GT's engine not only complements the car's dynamic look perfectly, it also far outperforms today's other roadsters and most two-seat sports cars.Source - Opel
High-tech features such as gasoline direct injection, twin-scroll turbocharger wîth intercooler, double camshaft phasing and twin counter-rotating balance shafts provide the basis for the 1998 cm3, four-cylinder engine's impressive performance data. Maximum output of 194 kW/264 hp at 5300 rpm and high torque plateau of 353 Nm between 2500 and 5000 rpm ensure plenty of power in all situations. The GT requires an average of 9.2 liters of super unleaded gasoline per 100 kilometers. Jointly developed by GM Powertrain engineers on both sides of the Atlantic, the all-aluminum ECOTEC unit is based on the 2.2-liter direct injection unit available in the Vectra model range since 2004, and on the 2.0-liter turbo induction unit, which debuted in the Vectra GTS in spring 2003.
Chassis wîth classic sporty configuration
For the Opel GT, engineers designed a classic, sporty configuration based on a rigid chassis, wide track (front/rear: 1543/1561 mm) and long wheelbase of 2415 mm: all four wheels are suspended from twin A-arms made from forged aluminum, the center of gravity is low, and the weight distribution of 51:49 percent (front/rear) is well balanced.
A manual five-speed transmission wîth sporty, short gear travel and limited slip differential provide propulsion power. A torque beam between the transmission and rear axle suppresses reactions to acceleration/deceleration effects.
While disk brakes on all wheels, ABS, Traction Control (TC) and the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) monitor safety, the driver can control the level of ESP and use of TC himself. Both systems are fully active after ignition, wîth the setup providing driving fun but also keeping the vehicle stable within the physical limitations. At the touch of the ESP button in the instrument panel, the Traction Control (TC) is switched off, but ESP remains active and intervenes as soon as the yaw angle exceeds certain thresholds. Two short presses change the ESP's calibration to a sportier mode and keep the Traction Control (TC) deactivated. Pushing and holding the ESP again for around ten seconds until the 'ESP Off' symbol illuminates, completely deactivates ESP and TC. A short press of the button in any mode returns the two systems to their normal states, which also occurs automatically wîth each new engine start. A display and control light in the instrument panel keeps the driver informed about the current status of both systems.
Stiff vehicle structure wîth center tunnel and side members
The typical roadster vehicle architecture was designed from the beginning to meet the special demands of an open-top, two-seat sports car without compromise. The vehicle structure, which consists of hydroformed side members and a supporting center tunnel made from drawn sheet steel, provides a solid basis for the car's precise handling and passive safety. The hydroforming forging technique, in which components are manufactured from steel wîth the help of high water pressure, is already employed in automobile construction for chassis components in the Opel Vectra and Astra.
Only the legendary American Corvette sports car is also based on hydroformed side members. But the Opel GT also breaks new ground in another regard: the GT model family belongs to the first car line produced in significant numbers to have numerous exterior parts made using a procedure that is relatively time-consuming, but provides designers wîth greater creative freedom. The hood is one example: thanks to unconventional hydraulic technology - known as super forming - the long hood section wîth its front hinges was optimally integrated into the roadster's silhouette without a gap between the hood and fender.
New Opel GT: Exciting Design, Classic Sports-Car Layout260 hp from two liters: the most powerful production engine in the ECOTEC family
Opel revives the GT legend wîth an all-new stunning two-seat sports car. The new GT's exciting, sharply-cut lines and classic rear-wheel drive echo the successful concept of the original (1968 – 1973). At the same time, the new GT reinterprets the icon as a powerful roadster wîth a potent four-cylinder, direct injection gasoline turbo engine. The Opel GT makes its world premiere at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show (March 2 – 12), start of sales is scheduled for spring 2007.
'The GT is a powerful addition to our range of attractive niche products, and thereby further enhances the appeal of the Opel brand', says Carl-Peter Forster, President of GM Europe. 'The Tigra, the Astra TwinTop, and the new GT mean that we will have three very different models, all of which deliver top-down driving excitement.'
The new Opel GT is fun to drive thanks to its front engine and rear-wheel drive, which together ensure a balanced weight distribution, the long wheelbase (2415 mm) and its 260-hp 2.0-liter ECOTEC turbo engine wîth gasoline direct injection. This accelerates the new GT from zero to 100 km/h in less than six seconds, and enables a maximum speed of over 230 km/h.
Another fun factor is the fabric roof, which folds down to provide open-air enjoyment denied to the owners of the first GT. The roof disappears completely beneath a cover, further underlining the GT's sporty silhouette wîth short overhangs and widely spaced 18-inch wheels.
The development of the new Opel GT is an excellent example of transcontinental collaboration within GM. The design was inspired by the VX Lightning concept car, which was conceived by the GM Advanced Design Studio in Birmingham, England in May 2003 for the 100th anniversary of the Vauxhall brand. The new GT will be built in Wilmington/Delaware, in the ÚSA, where its sister models, the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky, are also produced. Athletic, wîth short body overhangs: the eye-catching design
A glance at the new Opel GT makes clear that there's pure sport under the skin; sharp, taut lines and flowing surfaces combine to give it true dynamic presence. The front view is dominated by the pronounced curve of the fenders and the bold chrome strip wîth lightning-flash logo. The long, front-hinged engine hood carries the familiar Opel crease.
Another signal of sportiness is sounded off by the GT's proportions (length/width/height: 4091/1813/1274 mm) wîth short overhangs and 18-inch wheels that are pushed to the corners of the body. When opened, the soft top is completely concealed under a cover, thus emphasizing the GT's roadster character. Other attractive styling details are the projection-type low beam and halogen reflector-type high beam headlamps.
The ergonomic cockpit features chrome-ringed dials for speed, rpm and fuel. (concept carz) Technical grains, piano black and chrome finishes combine wîth optionally available leather seats to emphasize high value and precision. Jewel-style controls for lights and ventilation are further evidence of the GT designers' careful attention to detail. Lively response and sports-car performance: the direct-injection turbo engine
The heart of the new Opel GT is the most powerful production engine in the ECOTEC family. The turbocharged unit was jointly developed by GM Powertrain engineers in the ÚSA and Europe and is related to the ECOTEC 2.2-liter direct fuel injection engine available in the Vectra and Signum. From a displacement of two-liters, it develops a power output of 191 kW/ 260 hp and a maximum torque of 350 Nm, available from 2500 rpm.
Direct injection technology helps the ECOTEC engine produce more power while maintaining the lower fuel consumption level of a small displacement engine wîth conventional fuel injection.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged ECOTEC engine features variable valve timing, a dual-scroll turbocharger and a charge-air intercooler. This type of turbocharger, similar to the one already introduced in the Vectra and Signum V6, improves engine response, which also benefits from variable camshaft phasing. The result is ample torque even at low engine speeds.Source - Opel