A short teaser clip for the upcoming Opel GT coupe has surfaced online today, promising a big unveiling at March’s Geneva motor show.
As teasers go, this one reveals little. But, unusually for this sort of content, the brand’s CEO himself, Karl-Thomas Neumann, is the man on screen inviting us to “take a new look” at Opel.
The Geneva special will be a concept only, but today’s release at least confirms the long-running speculation that Opel has been working on a new hero coupe project.
Reports out of Europe suggest the GT will be built on the same front- and all-wheel-drive D2XX platform that underpins the new Astra – among other General Motors models.
If those claims prove accurate, the new GT would stand apart from its rear-wheel-drive predecessors – one a coupe built in the late 1960s to early 1970s, the other a roadster that debuted in 2007. (The latter was offered in various forms by Opel, Daewoo, and the now defunct Saturn and Pontiac brands.)
Above: the new Buick Avista coupe concept
It would also mean that the GT is not related to the Chevrolet Camaro-based Buick Avista concept that debuted in Detroit this week, and indeed that concept has yet to be confirmed for a production future.
Still, if the Avista does make its way to production, sharing the development costs across the European Opel and Vauxhall lines would make sense, which means that a rear-wheel-drive design for the Opel GT should not be ruled out.
Australian readers have reason to hope for the latter outcome, after GM executive Stefan Jacoby now famously told press in Melbourne that Holden fans can look forward to a V8-powered flagship down the road.
What we can expect from the GT’s styling is a mystery for now, although we shouldn’t be surprised to see an evolution of the sleek Monza concept (above) that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show.
Watch for more on the Opel GT to surface in the coming weeks, ahead of its early March unveiling.