Opel GTC Paris Concept

Concept Cars 9 Sep 2010
Opel GTC Paris Concept

Opel has revealed the first images of the GTC Paris Concept, a sporty hatch with a dynamic design that previews the production Opel GTC model, expected for 2011. The design features muscular shoulders and the signature side blade.


Opel GTC Paris ConceptDebuting at the next Paris Motor Show, the Opel GTC Paris is a concept that previews the production Astra GTC coupé model, expected for launch in 2011.

Compared to the five-doors Astra, the GTC Paris has a length increased by 2 cm, which allows for a sloped windshield and roofline.

The front end has eagle-eye shaped headlamps and a large spoiler which integrates thin LED daytime running lights.

The sculpted profile si characterized by the signature blade first introduced with the Insignia, and the character line that defines the muscular rear shouder and the upper edge of the tail light.

Opel GTC Paris ConceptAt the rear, the window graphic is accentuated by the end of the roof, finished in brushed aluminum.

The sporty character is underlined by the large 21" wheels and the rear integrated spoiler.

The concept is powered by a a four-cylinder, 2.0 liter Turbo engine with direct injection fitted with Start/Stop technology and coupled with a a six-speed manual gearbox.

From the official Press Release:

Opel GTC Paris ConceptOpel’s Vice President of Design Mark Adams gave his team the briefing: “show me the most emotional side of Opel’s new design language, ‘sculptural artistry meets German precision’.”

Inspiration for the concept was partly derived from a quote from Richard Bach’s famous novel, Jonathan Livingston Seagull “…and the speed was pure beauty.”

This phrase is embodied throughout the character of the car with dynamic sweeping lines, beautiful sculptural surfaces, and a wide muscular stance.

Opel GTC Paris Concept DetailThis three-door compact is bold yet pure and is very iconic in presence.

“We wanted to express the most emotional side of the Opel brand and we believe this vehicle creates an appropriate visual impact to reinforce our dynamic sporty character,” Adams said.

At 4.46 meters, the GTC Paris is the ideal size for a compact, sporty car, but it still offers room for five passengers.

Most iconic cars have been drawn from the side. Many can be sketched with two or three sharp lines. So, too, with Opel’s new concept car: In profile, the designers have maximized tension by limiting the amount of lines in the GTC Paris.

Similar to tendons in a sprinter, these lines create tension and provide a sculpted shape. They serve as the foundation to which the highlights and surfacing react and press to the wheels in a very athletic fashion.

The Opel signature blade is introduced in the same direction as first seen in the Insignia – a fine, tense crease along the rocker panel.

A second line shoots from the door handle to the rear, emphasizing the vehicle’s dramatic stance by spreading the surfaces to a fine undercut and a broad shoulder.

The third line following the silhouette of the roof is finished in finely brushed aluminum that accentuates the window graphic, guiding the eye to the sharply distinct integrated spoiler.

The front is clean yet full of character and features Opel’s typical centerline crease. It is further accented by intense, very slim eagle-eye shaped headlamps acting as parenthesis between the refined chrome emblem bar and the dramatic low trapezoidal grill which hints at its sporty character. Signature LED daytime running lights are outlined with finely crafted chrome inserts that can stand as a piece of sculpture by themselves.

The wide stance is accentuated in the rear, where the proportion of the vehicle is most imposing. This is further enhanced with the LED taillights showcasing a long, stretched “wing” nighttime graphic.

The chassis has a special design with an extra-wide stance. It features a compound crank with an Opel-exclusive Watt’s link in the rear, a new, updated execution of the adaptive mechatronic FlexRide suspension and a front electronic limited slip differential. The GTC Paris is planted to the ground with dynamic 21-inch wheels.

The powertrain in the GTC Paris is a four-cylinder, 2.0 liter Turbo with direct injection, packing maximum horsepower and torque. It is fitted with Start/Stop technology, proving that drivers can combine high performance with maximum fuel efficiency in urban driving conditions. The transmission is a six-speed manual gearbox.

(Source: Opel)

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