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Old 02-01-2006, 06:17 AM   #1
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A great name doesn’t have to be long. Indeed, for many automobile fans, the Opel GT is the cult sports car of the 1970s. Now the legendary name is making a comeback in the form of a stunning two-seat roadster that could also make automobile history. Opel will present the all-new GT to the international public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show (March 2 to 12, 2006). With exciting, sharply-cut lines, rear-wheel drive, and a potent four-cylinder turbo engine with gasoline direct injection, the new sports car echoes the successful concept of the original GT, which was built between 1968 and 1973.

“The GT is a powerful addition to our range of attractive niche products, and thereby further enhances the appeal of the Opel brand”, says Carl-Peter Forster, President of GM Europe. “The Tigra, the Astra TwinTop, and the new GT mean that we will have three very different models, all of which deliver top-down driving excitement. Moreover, the GT is a perfect example of how GM uses and applies its worldwide resources for the good of the individual brands.”

The new Opel GT is fun to drive thanks to its front engine and rear-wheel drive, which together ensure a balanced weight distribution, and its 260-hp 2.0-liter ECOTEC turbo engine with gasoline direct injection. This accelerates the new GT from zero to 100 km/h in less than six seconds, and enables a maximum speed of over 230 km/h.

Another fun factor is the fabric roof, which folds down to provide open-air enjoyment denied to the owners of the first GT. The roof disappears completely beneath a cover, further underlining the GT’s sporty silhouette with short overhangs and widely spaced 18-inch wheels.

The development of the new Opel GT is an excellent example of transcontinental collaboration within GM. The design was inspired by the VX Lightning concept car, which was conceived by the GM Advanced Design Studio in Birmingham, England in May 2003 for the 100th anniversary of the Vauxhall brand. The new GT will be built in Wilmington/Delaware, in the USA, where its sister models, the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky, are also produced. The Opel GT is scheduled to hit the markets in spring 2007.

The original Opel GT owed much to the USA – in several respects. Its breathtaking lines were inspired by a new American design style, the so-called “coke bottle shape”, which also defined the Corvette Stingray. Furthermore, two thirds of all Opel GT cars built have been exported to the United States.
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Old 02-01-2006, 07:07 AM   #2
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Saturn Sky............Opel GT............Pontiac Solstice......GM Need to switch up their styling and make bigger changes in their models. Flippin Idiots.

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Old 02-01-2006, 10:04 AM   #3
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Old 02-01-2006, 10:24 AM   #4
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Saturn Sky............Opel GT............Pontiac Solstice......GM Need to switch up their styling and make bigger changes in their models. Flippin Idiots.

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Opel GT will not be sold in America. All Opels sold in America will have a Saturn badge.

For once I think the General did an excellent job of creating two cars from the same platform that don't look too much alike. (Solstice and Sky)
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:27 PM   #5
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Saturn Sky/Opel GT > Pontiac Solstice

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Old 02-01-2006, 06:59 PM   #6
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That car makes my pants tight.

And they made a fantastic decision to basically make Saturn and Opel the same brand - the two are on completely different continents, so it's a good move... and even more so because the designs are absolutely great looking.
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Old 02-01-2006, 07:42 PM   #7
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Sure, but where's our saturn speedster then
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Old 02-02-2006, 08:10 AM   #8
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I am disappointed, I was looking forward to a coupe
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Old 02-02-2006, 10:40 AM   #9
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They should've given the Sky the same dual exhaust. The single looks silly on the Sky.
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Old 02-02-2006, 10:44 AM   #10
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Well this car is actually the equivalent to the Redline edition of the Sky (since it has the turbo'ed engine and all), so I would be fulling expecting to see that yummy dual exhaust and the vent-slits on the hood on our version.
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Old 02-02-2006, 11:37 AM   #11
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funny thing, at the Houston Auto Show, the guys said that neither sky nor the solstice will have a direct injection engine. Instead it will have the Supercharged Engine in the Cobalt SS.

He was a satrun area rep, for whatever thats worth.

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Old 02-02-2006, 11:46 AM   #12
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He was a satrun area rep, for whatever thats worth.
He's a sales rep, so basically it's worthing nothing.

Salesmen don't know shti - if they know the name of the car you are in, that is an accomplishment.

<--- had a salesman tell him that the Impreza TS is the wagon-version of the WRX sedan.
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Old 02-02-2006, 12:35 PM   #13
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Why do they have to tempt us with this and not give us the Redline? Bastards!
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Old 02-28-2006, 08:17 PM   #16
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The car is nice but i still think that it doesn't do the "Opel GT" name justice. It's no better than when Pontiac took a basic holden and slapped the GTO badge on it.
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The car is nice but i still think that it doesn't do the "Opel GT" name justice. It's no better than when Pontiac took a basic holden and slapped the GTO badge on it.
Ummm....do you remember the original Opel GT? It was the slowest thing on earth. A rebadged Ion could do that thing justice. Though I do wish that we had gotten the Speedster, this is way better looking than the Solstice. Its exponentially faster than the original Opel GT also....except the ones that got V8 transplants back in the day.
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huh, i did not know GM had Opel...good to know. Anyone have a 'revised' version of the classic "who owns what" car-company bubble graph?
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If it doesn't have roll-over headlights then it's NOT an Opel GT. Period.
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If it doesn't have roll-over headlights then it's NOT an Opel GT. Period.
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or the Dijon rear...
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I absolutely love the look of the old Opel GT. I absoltely love the look of this new Opel GT/Saturn Sky too.
There are a few slight body lines on the old one that the new one sort of mimics (like the fairly sharp crease that runs from the front of the car, up the bulged-out fenders and then toward the back of the body). Obviously it isn't exactly a retro version of the old car, but I don't think it disgraces the name at all really.

Also, unlike what GM did with the GTO name, I don't think the Opel GT ever sold in higher volumes, so "Opel GT" isn't exactly a name with many years of nostalgia. I would assume the Opel sold in low qualtities and probably only car nuts still remember it. On the other hand, the GTO from back in the day, are still very popular muscle cars, even non-car nuts know what an old Goat looks like.
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Ummm....do you remember the original Opel GT? It was the slowest thing on earth.
It weighed 2000lbs and was available with a 1.9L 90hp engine. It wasn't supposed to be a muscle car. 11.4s 0-60 was hardly the slowest thing on earth in 1968.
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It weighed 2000lbs and was available with a 1.9L 90hp engine. It wasn't supposed to be a muscle car. 11.4s 0-60 was hardly the slowest thing on earth in 1968.
12345. Back then it wasn't so slow.
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