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Opel GT

Vauxhall isn’t bringing the GT to the UK. Question is, should we be disappointed?


Well, on the face of it, After all, the US-built GT is a rear-drive, two-seater sports car an advanced turbocharged petrol developing 260bhp and 260lb ft of It hits 62mph in 5.7sec and has an facility to enhance mid-range

In short, it’s a rapid

Mechanically and stylistically, the GT is a Europeanised of the US-only Pontiac Solstice/Saturn which is in turn a production of Simon Cox’s Vauxhall VX concept car of 2003. Its broad-shouldered and aggressive face ensure it has even in the company of rivals as the open-top TT, 350Z and Z4, but where the was taut and pared back, the GT to have filled-out in the wrong and you can’t help concluding it a bit too bulky.

The interior is an MX-5-like blend of high-gloss plastics and chrome together with large of coarsely grained dashboard.

It pleasing enough, but lacks the feel of an Audi or BMW. the size of the car there’s not much room, driver and passenger out towards the doors by a wide tunnel. Oddments space is at a too, with only a of pouches to stow your or wallet.

Lowering and raising the manual isn’t as simple as it should be, the hard, twin-hump deck closes over the lowered results in a neat profile. The problem is the boot space, or the lack thereof, which compromises the GT’s practicality with its rivals.

All these could be forgiven if the GT offered an driving experience, but unfortunately it tactility and engagement for abundant and an almost diesel-like power The structure feels impressively and there’s plenty of wheel to soak up bumps and compressions, but a numb, artificial feel to the that detracts from the of guiding the GT along a twisty Initial response to turn-in is but a lack of feel and a slight between the front and rear reacting results in a disunited

In many ways it’s of a Corvette (as is the view out of the windscreen), for you know there’s plenty of to lean on, the way the car reacts doesn’t you to push too far.

Opel GT

The new four-cylinder, engine features a twin-scroll for reduced lag, and balancer for smoothness. While there’s no it has a big heart, the throttle feels and it can be tricky to drive smoothly you’re on and off the throttle.

Imagine attacking a sinuous road, powering along straights and holding, say, gear. Between the corners you get a surge of boost, but as you come off the there’s a slight delay the rush fades. Then, as you get on the power to drive through the you ask the boost to build as the pressure has to drop, resulting in a slight as the turbo starts puffing

The upside is an abundance of tractability. You need to drop below gear, even on a really section of road. Just as as the five-speed gearbox isn’t the

Perhaps as a consequence the GT is at its most when you can hold third or gear, pick your and let the grip and torque do the work. You can impressive pace and the GT feels and planted, but it’s not alert a Z4 or physical like a 350Z. Nor the engine deliver any kind of or excitement. It doesn’t sound nice, and it doesn’t like (or to be revved.

For a type of car that should your senses it’s too

Having peered through the rims and noted how small the discs look, it’s not surprising to discover that the feels softer than like, and stopping power is adequate for a car with this of performance. Once again, the GT is focused than you’d

Vauxhall says that as the GT is only and would sell a few hundred units a year, not a viable proposition for the UK, although it is to visit a mainland-Europe Opel hand over 30,675 (roughly £20,600), buy a set of beam and drive home. However, the GT’s poor packaging and than enthralling dynamics, have to be a diehard Vauxhall fan to it over the better resolved

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