Opel-Vauxhall have good reasons for bringing forth the GT concept, but unfortunately, production intent doesn’t seem to be one of them.
According to Automotive News, the automakers have stated a production GT was never in the cards. Instead, the concept was brought forth to reinvigorate emotion into the both brands’ design, Opel revealed in a statement.
The GT Concept is “purely a concept study to show off innovations that may one day be found in an Opel production car,” a brand spokesman said.
Originally, reports stated Opel was eying a 2018 introduction for a new GT, which would coincide with the original GT’s 40th anniversary, marking 40 years since the first hand-assembled GTs were produced.
Opel blamed an ever-shrinking sport coupe market for the decision, but did say it would at least consider a production GT after gauging public reaction at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
“We will wait and see what the reaction is, but this is a niche segment that is shrinking in size. We would have to look at that very closely, but even if we were to decide in favor of building the car, it is certainly nothing that could already be on the market next year or the year after that,” Opel added.
If a modern GT were to enter production, it wouldn’t be the first time the brand offered a niche sportscar; the Opel Speedster and mid-2000s GT are prime examples. However, we’re not sure a new sportscar would fit into Opel’s profitability plans at the moment.
The enthusiast can only dream.