A spokesperson for GM has poured cold water on speculation that the Opel GT concept coupe could be heading into production.
According to Automotive News Europe, speculation and reports have been rising in German media outlets that the Opel GT concept could soon morph into a showroom-bound car.
In response, an Opel spokesperson told the trade publication that the GT concept to be shown at the upcoming Geneva motor show is “purely a concept study to show off innovations that may one day be found in an Opel production car”.
Part of the company’s reasoning is that “this is a niche segment that is shrinking in size”.
Despite that, Opel will monitor reaction to the car and could still conceivably give it the go-ahead, but the spokesperson cautioned that “even if we were to decide in favour of building the car, it is certainly nothing that could already be on the market next year or the year after that”.
Although the spokesperson doesn’t make mention of it, production hopes for a production version of the Opel GT are also hurt by the lack of an obvious rear-wheel drive platform.
The three main rear-wheel drive sedan architectures currently in use by GM are all too large. There’s the new Omega platform that underpins the almost-5.2m long Cadillac CT6, and the Alpha platform used in the Cadillac ATS, CTS and Chevrolet Camaro.
Meanwhile Australia’s own Zeta architecture, which has been used by the previous-generation Chevrolet Camaro, and is still employed by the VF Holden Commodore and Caprice, is not only too large, but, in all likelihood, too old and too heavy to serve as the basis of a production GT.
The Opel GT concept will make its in-the-flesh debut at the Geneva motor show that kicks off at the end of the month. The small two-seat coupe is powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 107kW of power and 245Nm at its disposal.
Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox.
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