The GT moniker may be decidedly Opel, but Vauxhall didn’t sit on the sidelines of the latest GT concept. In fact, it took a leading role in designing the compact sports car concept.
Auto Express sat down for a few words with Mark Adams, Vauxhall-Opel Design Chief, to grab a little more insight on what the concept means for Vauxhall and Opel going forward.
Foremost, as Opel as iterated as well, the design is a blank canvas. There is nothing nostalgic here, save for the red tires, which pay homage to the 1928 Opel Motoclub 500. The future-forward approach allowed designers to craft a unique design, something Adams calls “progressive.”
Designers had a goal of minimizing cut lines in the sheetmetal. The result are a lot of fluid lines, and the absence of side mirrors, door handles and a trunk lid really help realize the goal.
When asked how the Opel GT concept will influence future cars, Adams had the following to say:
The GT’s a projection of where our brand is going over the next seven to eight years. This previews other models in our portfolio – but if I told you what they were, then I’d have to kill you!
Fair enough, Mr. Adams, but Opel CEO, Dr. Karl Thomas-Neumann, has seemed incredibly optimistic over this entire project. Do we smell production? We like what Vauxhall-Opel is cooking.