Official pics of the new GT Concept from General Motors have surfaced ahead of its public debut at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show in March.
Those of you with a keen eye might have recognised that these pics are shot in Melbourne, and this realisation serves as a clue to the true origins of the car. Indeed, the German-derived coupe was produced in Australia by Holden Design in its Port Melbourne studio. While Holden remains quiet regarding details, GM is set to confirm Holden’s involvement upon the car’s unveiling next month.
The GT Concept takes the shape of a small, two-door sports car. Paying homage to the Opel GT and the Vauxhall VXR from the 1960s, the 2016 GT Concept was designed to give nods to GM’s impressive concept heritage while representing a vision of the future.
“We created the GT Concept to capture the bold, emotional spirit of both the Vauxhall and Opel brands,” said Mark Adams, Vice President, GM Design Europe. “It is dramatic, sculptural and full of innovations, which is our great tradition that we intend to continue.”
Mounted in a front-mid-engine format, and powering the rear wheels, is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged motor capable of 106kW and 205Nm. These figures, paired with the car’s sub-1000kg kerb weight, allows a 0-100km/h time of under eight seconds and a top speed of over 215km/h. A six-speed sequential transmission is onboard and can be operated using steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters.
The exterior is made unique by its cleverly-minimised shut lines. The doors recede into the front guards, therefore hiding the usual panel gaps. Doors are operated via an electronic touchpad on the roof and are designed to improve accessibility in tight spaces.
The car features a wide grille with LED headlights, short overhangs which accentuate a long flowing bonnet and bespoke wheels that incorporate red tyres. The red accent is continued from the wheels, highlighting the car’s flowing roof line from front to rear.
“The GT Concept shows what Vauxhall and Opel stand for now – ambitious and confident brands that are not frightened to innovate,” said Rory Harvey, Vauxhall Managing Director.
To further portray a futuristic aesthetic, the GT Concept is void of conventional wing mirrors. Instead two cameras can be found behind the wheels that transmit to a pair of monitors inside the car. The interior takes on a minimalist form, with no unnecessary instruments and a windscreen which blends in with a panoramic roof stretching all the way to the C-pillar.
For GM to put this car in to production is very unlikely, although this might very well be a hint towards the manufacturers’ future plans. With Holden promising 24 new models by 2020, it’s possible that the Concept GT will influence the release of a new car down-under. A lightweight sportscar from Holden could certainly cause a stir in the sub-$30k performance market.