Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Opel Gran Turismo Coupe: Geneva concept breaks cover!
Well, as you’ve probably guessed by know, this one wasn’t supposed to come out today but no thanks to Spanish Km77, we have the second serious Geneva Show leak after the Audi A5 last week. To my knowledge, Opel /Vauxhall gave out the pics to a few mediums but they weren’t for publication. Anyhow, I’ve already had the chance to check out Opel’s fact sheet on its new concept earlier today so just follow the jump and read on!
Based on the next generation Vectra platform, the Gran Turismo Coupe’s purpose is not only to pre-announce Opel’s return to the mid-size Coupe category (after it abandoned it in the 90’s with the Calibra) but also to signal a change in the German company’s design department. That means take a closer look at the Grand Turismo Coupe’s styling cues cause that’s what we’re going to see from Opel in the very near future starting out with the next generation Vectra that'll come out in mid to late 2008 (expect the coupe version sometime in 2009).
Maybe even more importantly, you should check out the near-to-production interior that takes the Astra & Antara cabin design-language a step up marking a significant change from the overly conservative Vectra. As for the “mechanical” department, the 4.830 mm long Grand Turismo is fitted with an upgraded version of the current Vectra OPC’s 2.8-liter V6 Turbo pumping out 300Hp (from 255Hp). Fitted with a 4wheel-drive system the Gran Turismo can go from 0 to 100km/h (62 mph) in around 6,0 sec while its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155mph).