Opel GT – The Opel and the MINIs

14 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Opel GT – The Opel and the MINIs
Opel GT

Opel GT

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General Motors first launched the car in America where it is built as the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky. It became available in Europe as the Opel GT from about May 2007. In America they have a 2.4 litre slow version as well as the much faster 2.0 litre version badged as The Saturn Sky Redline. The Opel GT comes in one guise only – the 2.0 litre fast version!

Speccing is easy with everything standard apart from#160; one optional extra – leather seats and stereo upgrade.

We first became aware of the car through pictures on the internet in 2006 and later in the year we went to the Paris Motor Show to see it in the flesh. At the show – which also premiered the R56 MINI – we were simply blown away by its beauty and ordered one as soon as the car was launched! The Opel GT#160; two-seater sports coup#233; has a place in automobile history.

The original was created in 1968 in a style very similar to the Chevrolet Corvette, the Opel GT was equipped with a metallic monocoque chassis and a 4-cylinder longitudinal engine at the front with rear-wheel drive. It had no boot or tailgate, but the passenger compartment was nonetheless very spacious for a car of this size. It was popularised by the cinema, thanks to its streamlined silhouette and manually retractable headlights.

All of the first-generation GTs (1968-1973) are now collector’s items!

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We took delivery of ours in July 2008 and less than a year later the last one rolled off the production line at the Wilmington Delaware plant. The economic crisis of 2009 had taken its toll on the automobile business and GM had to restructure to survive.

The 2 seater Kappa platform was one of the casualties. In total just 7516 new Opel GTs, 34,227 Saturn Sky models and 64,543 Pontiac Solstices were produced and ours is one of just two that have been registered in The UK. Truly a unique car and surely destined to be a future classic just as the original Opel GT has become a collectible classic.

It is interesting to note that during 1968 to 1973, a total of 103,463 of the original Opel GTs were sold and its reincarnation finished with a total production of 106, 286 cars.

The second generation Opel GT brings new charm to the sometimes rather conservative world of the automobile, with its dynamic lines alternating sharp edges and curved surfaces. Everything behind the Opel GT legend is there: the long bonnet, a powerful front-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive, a passenger compartment littered with sporty instruments and a fabric hood. All the basics are respected!

There are also air vents behind the front wheels, whilst the crests above the rear lid bring to mind those of the Ferrari Rossa concept car. The chrome radiator grille, aluminium wheels and double exhaust further emphasise the sportiness of this high-powered car. In the Opel GT you are seated close to the ground, with a gear lever placed in the continuation of your forearm.

But its interior comfort also makes it possible to envisage long journeys (if your case is not too big, since the boot capacity is just 66 litres!), as witnessed by its beautiful leather seats with topstitching and its soft suspension.

The Opel GT comes with a 264 hp 353 Nm turbo engine equipped with direct petrol injection that can reach 229 kph (142 mph). The brakes are powerful and quite tough. The driver assistance systems (Electronic Stability Program ESP and Traction Control) are adjustable and can be totally deactivated and make a big difference to the firmness of the suspension.

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