The world premiere of the Opel GTC Concept (Gran Turismo Coupe) offers a look at the future of Opel design, according to GM officials on the eve of the 2007 Geneva Motor Show.
"This concept car demonstrates the new interpretation of the Opel brand," explains Alain Visser, Executive Director, European Opel Marketing. "The GTC Concept embodies the confident, emotional direction we’re taking with Opel. Its exciting lines combined with its high driving dynamics and interior flexibility reflect what the Opel brand trademark characteristics will be in the future.
Bryan Nesbitt, Executive Director, GM Europe Design explained: "The GTC Concept importantly signals the next chapter in Ope's design identity. Our team strategised to envision the new essence of Opel—more confident, relevant and distinctive—in a high-performance, yet versatile, four-seat coupé.
The Opel GTC Concept is a four-seat coupé that delivers a bold and aggressive exterior design with the front dominated by a trapzeoidal grille with a signature Opel bar, finished in polished aluminium and featuring a more prominent Opel logo. LED technology is used to create unique shapes for both the headlights at the front and the taillights at the rear and the GTC Concept is finished in unique mat gray paint.
The side profile of the two-door coupé is highlighted by sheetmetal surfaces to emphasize the aggressive stance, including a sculpted line in the door and a strong shoulder line that runs from the headlights into the rear bumpers and ends at the taillights. The front and rear bumpers incorporate large flares to surround the 20-inch wheels with high-gloss black paint and contrasting machined polished surfaces, shod with 245/40R20 tyres that include a distinctive red line in the tread.
At the rear, the GTC Concept integrates a distinctive V-shape with the hatchback incorporating an integrated spoiler. The Opel blitz emblem is featured at the rear as well as taillights that are shaped to resemble other Opel products. The overall shape results in a coefficient of drag of only 0.25.
The aggressive styling is backed up by a 300-horsepower 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine combined with a six-speed manual transmission that delivers the power through an electronically-controlled intelligent all-wheel-drive system.
The interior features an innovative new rear-seat system named "Flex4" to maximize interior flexibility. The rear seats slide forward separately and "dock" into the seatbacks of the front seats to provide additional flat-floor cargo area without the need to fold the seatbacks first. Since the seats can be converted individually, the GTC Concept can accommodate two, three or four occupants.
The interior is designed to have a warmer feel and also features sculpted surfaces to deliver a more dynamic driving experience. The four round instruments are surrounded by translucent rings that are backlit in red. The top of the dash wraps from the instrument panel into the doors and the "red line" from the tyres is incorporated into the seats.
The interior is finished with mat ebony surfaces with contrasting high-gloss piano black and aluminium trim for the centre console, the gear lever and a u-shaped graphic for the steering wheel.