If you look past the fact that this concept car has red front tires and no side windows, it could be the next Opel GT sports car.
For those unaware of the Opel GT, it was a small four-cylinder-powered German sports car built between 1968 and 1973. Arguably, it never really caught on here in the States. That’s because everything it was competing against was bigger and more powerful. In Europe, however, the GT had quite a fan following.
Hedging on that virtually ancient popularity, Opel has created a new concept GT that it will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
To get inside the car, you have to press exterior touch-pads that command the electrically powered doors to open. Once inside, you’re privy to a windshield that flows into a glass panoramic roof, which allows for the visual splendor of a convertible without having to suffer the wind turbulence.
You might notice this concept doesn’t include sideview mirrors. Instead, each front quarter panel has a built-in digital camera. The image from those cameras is shown in two screens on either side of the cabin. Not only does this brighten up the small interior, it makes the car a bit more aerodynamic and visually distinctive.
I once drove the original Opel GT. It was a fun idea but it was also woefully frightening. It was great to look at but it accelerated like it was nailed to the ground. Also, there was so little to the car that you could hear the gasoline sloshing around behind you. I likely don’t need to say it, but that’s a really unnerving sound.
Unlike the original and somewhat scary Opel GT, this concept has not a four-cylinder but instead a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine mounted under the hood. Despite its diminutive displacement, the engine produces 143 horsepower, which is routed to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission operated by steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters. Although it only has a small bit of power, the car can still do 0 to 62 mph in less than eight seconds.
Granted, even if Opel, which is owned by General Motors, builds the new GT, it will likely never make it stateside. Either way, it’s fun to see what the rest of the automotive industry is up to.
via : mashable