Vauxhall’s GT Concept has won the “Best of Best” award in the “Concepts” category at the annual Automotive Brand Contest Awards organised by the German Design Council.
First unveiled at the Geneva motor show back in March, the GT coupe is a predictor for the brand’s further development. The car also pays homage to two motor show cars of yesteryear: the 1966 Vauxhall XVR and the 1965 Opel Experimental GT.
A key feature of the design study is its large doors with integrated side windows that show a seamless transition from glass to painted surfaces. The pared down exterior is even shorn of door handles and door mirrors. Both driver and front passenger gain access to the interior after pressing a touchpad for the electric doors that is integrated in the red signature line of the roof.
A front-mid engine configuration, meanwhile, keeps the car’s centre of gravity low and central. Beneath its stretched bonnet is a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged engine, based on the all-aluminium unit used in the ADAM, Corsa and Astra.
“The GT Concept is a dream car that takes Opel’s philosophy ‘sculptural artistry meets German precision’ to the next level,” says Vauxhall design boss, Mark Adams.
Vauxhall is yet to confirm if the GT coupe will enter production, though some of its design cues are expected to make their way on to next year’s all-new Insignia.