General Motors first launched the car in America where it is built as the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky. It became available in Europe as the Opel GT from about May 2007. In America they have a 2.4 litre slow version as well as the much faster 2.0 litre version badged as The Saturn Sky Redline. The Opel GT comes in one guise only - the 2.0 litre fast version! Speccing is easy with everything standard apart from one optional extra - leather seats and stereo upgrade.
We first became aware of the car through pictures on the internet in 2006 and later in the year we went to the Paris Motor Show to see it in the flesh. At the show - which also premiered the R56 MINI - we were simply blown away by its beauty and ordered one as soon as the car was launched! The Opel GT two-seater sports coupé has a place in automobile history. The original was created in 1968 in a style very similar to the Chevrolet Corvette, the Opel GT was equipped with a metallic monocoque chassis and a 4-cylinder longitudinal engine at the front with rear-wheel drive. It had no boot or tailgate, but the passenger compartment was nonetheless very spacious for a car of this size. It was popularised by the cinema, thanks to its streamlined silhouette and manually retractable headlights. All of the first-generation GTs (1968-1973) are now collector's items!
The second generation Opel GT brings new charm to the sometimes rather conservative world of the automobile, with its dynamic lines alternating sharp edges and curved surfaces. Everything behind the Opel GT legend is there: the long bonnet, a powerful front-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive, a passenger compartment littered with sporty instruments and a fabric hood. All the basics are respected! There are also air vents behind the front wheels, whilst the crests above the rear lid bring to mind those of the Ferrari Rossa concept car. The chrome radiator grille, aluminium wheels and double exhaust further emphasise the sportiness of this high-powered car. In the Opel GT you are seated close to the ground, with a gear lever placed in the continuation of your forearm. But its interior comfort also makes it possible to envisage long journeys (if your case is not too big, since the boot capacity is just 66 litres!), as witnessed by its beautiful leather seats with topstitching and its soft suspension.
|Make : Opel GT|
Twin scroll Turbocharged, petrol direct injection
Fuel: super unleaded
Engine capacity: 2000 cm3
Number of cylinders: 4
Cylinder arrangement: in line
Maximum output: 264 hp (194 kW) at 5,300 rpm
Maximum torque: 353 Nm at 5,200 rpm
Gearbox: manual 5-speed
Rack and Pinion Hydraulic Power Steering
Turning circle: 10.7 m
Front: ventilated disc
Front: twin A-arms
Rear: twin A-arms
ESP: fitted as standard, can be deactivated
245/45 R 18 tyres
Length: 4090 mm
Width: 1810 mm
Height: 1270 mm
Wheelbase: 2410 mm
Luggage capacity (litres): 66
Fuel tank (litres): 52
Kerb weight (kg): 1395
Maximum speed: 228 km/h (142 mph)
0 to 100km/h (0 to 62 mph): 5.7 seconds
Fuel consumption (l/100 km)
CO² emissions in g/k 186.9
For more information and the history of this gorgeous car please have a look at its page on Wikipedia - Opel Gt on Wikipedia
This picture has been shamelessly borrowed from Dollywobbler on Flickr whose photo collection can be viewed here - Dollywobbler on Flickr
It was taken in February 2008 in Lincolnshire.