Vauxhall GT Concept revealed

Paired-back rear-wheel-drive coupé uses 144bhp turbocharged 1.0-litre engine...

18 Feb 2016 15:33 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

Vauxhall has revealed a new two-seat coupé, the GT Concept.

The concept car is similar both in size and technical layout to the current Mazda MX-5, but it features distinctive, swooping bodylines and a lengthy bonnet reminiscent of those of classic sports cars.

Under the concept’s bonnet is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine. It produces 144bhp and sends drive to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox, complete with steering column-mounted paddle shifters.

The concept’s three-cylinder engine is familiar to the Vauxhall range, currently featuring in production models such as the Adam, Corsa and Astra. But with just 1000kg to propel in the GT Concept, it should feel significantly more potent than before.

Evidence for this comes with the car’s straight-line performance figures. Vauxhall is quoting a 0-62mph time of less than eight seconds and a top speed of 134mph.

Perhaps one of the most striking design features of the GT Concept are its doors, whose windows integrate seamlessly into the body surface without the need for conventional sills.

To open the doors, passengers use roof-mounted touchpads in the red signature line, which flows on either side from the GT’s unique red front tyres, along the front wings and over the roof onto the rear, enclosing a see-through roof.

Other unique features include the GT’s integrated headlight/indicator units that preview an evolution of the technology used for the new Astra’s glare-reducing IntelliLux matrix lighting.

Inside, the cabin features an infotainment system which is capable of learning the preferences of the driver. It's completely voice controlled but includes a touchpad controller as a backup.

The infotainment system - or Human-Machine Interface - is also capable of warning the driver of any objects surrounding the car.

The GT's instrument cluster is capable of displaying 3D information that's dependant on the driving situation - if the car is being driven fast, for example, the system displays a g-force meter.

Opel (the European equivalent to Vauxhall) has remained tight-lipped on the production prospects for the GT Concept, with bosses simply stating they would "judge reaction" before making any decisions.