by James Taylor, 21 January 2016
Vauxhall and parent company Opel will reveal a brand-new sports car concept called the GT at the 2016 Geneva motor show on 3 March.
Details of the show car are being kept tightly under wraps, limited so far to a solitary teaser photo of the car’s dual central exhaust outlets and GT logo. However, a new preview video featuring Opel and Vauxhall CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann (which you can watch above) has revealed much of the car’s headlights, grille treatment and front wheel design.
Elements of the car’s design as a whole are said to take inspiration from the 1966 Vauxhall XVR concept, shown at the Geneva motor show a neatly appropriate 50 years ago.
Hang on – why are the tyres bright red?
In Vauxhall’s words, the scarlet tyre ‘pays homage in an avant-garde way to the Motoclub 500, a futuristic Opel motorcycle from 1928 that wore red rubber.’ So there you go.
This isn’t the first Opel GT, is it?
Nope; the name was first applied to the pretty miniature coupe produced in the 1960s and ’70s, and resurfaced on the Pontiac Solstice-twinned, left-hand-drive-only GT Roadster in 2007.
With that in mind, don’t rule out a potential production future for the latest GT-badged concept. (Although most likely with boring old black tyres.)
‘You will see both Vauxhall and Opel with fresh eyes,’ says Dr. Neumann; point yours at this page on 3 March to see the GT Concept revealed in full.
Opel GT Concept to be revealed at Geneva 2016: Vauxhall?s sports car surprise by CAR Magazine