2010 Paris Motor Show Preview: Opel GTC Paris Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 8, 2010

As expected, Opel unveiled today the GTC Paris concept car, which will make its world debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show. This new concept previews the production version of the next-generation GTC, which will replace the current model and will be the last addition to the Astra range.

The new GTC Paris Concept measures 4.46 meters and carries the new Opel design line introduced by the Insignia, a fine, tense crease along the rocker panel.

Just like the new Astra, the concept car features the same LED daytime running lights outlined by finely crafted chrome inserts, as well as LED taillights showcasing a long, stretched “wing” nighttime graphic.

Under the hood we find a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter Turbo engine packing maximum horsepower and torque. Furthermore, the car is fitted with Start/Stop technology as well as with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Opel's GTC Paris compact concept car offers ample room for occupants inside its cabin despite measuring just 4.46 meters in length. To make the GTC Paris as sporty as possible, it was necessary to make it look and perform as athletic as it could.

Thus, the GTC Paris was made to sit on an especially design chassis that has an extra-wide stance. This special chassis is fitted with a compound crank with an Opel-exclusive Watt’s link in the rear as well as a front electronic limited slip differential.

Moreover, the chassis of the GTC Paris features the latest version of the adaptive mechatronic FlexRide suspension. Riding on dynamic 21-inch wheels, the GTC Paris is powered by a direct-injection four-cylinder 2.0 liter Turbo engine that develops considerable horsepower and torque but consumes less fuel than expected during urban driving, thanks to the Start/Stop technology. This turbo four engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Exterior Design

In terms of appearance, the GTC Paris is not inferior to other classy vehicles on the market. Opel was able to maximize the tension on the profile of the GTC Paris by limiting the amount of lines.

Designers at Opel made sure that the lines are just enough to create the necessary tensions, thereby giving the GTC Paris its one-of-a-kind sculpted shape. Likewise, designers made sure the lines on the GTC Paris are good enough to make it as athletic looking as possible, mainly through the reaction between the highlights, surfacing and wheels.

GTC Paris also features Opel's signature blade, introduced in the same direction as seen on the brand's Insignia model. Opel signature blade is featured through a tense yet fine line along the rocker panel with a second line shooting from the door handle to the rear.

These interplays help highlight the compact concept's dramatic stance, as they help spread the surfaces to a fine undercut and a broad shoulder. Then there's the third line that goes along the silhouette of the roof and is finished in brushed aluminum.

This line helps emphasize the concept's window graphic, thereby directing onlookers to its sharply distinct integrated spoiler. Meanwhile, the GTC Paris boasts of a characteristic yet clean front as underscored by Opel’s centerline crease as well as by sleek yet intense eagle-eye shaped headlamps.

These headlamps squeeze the compact concept's chrome emblem bar as well as the dramatic low trapezoidal grill that hints on the sporty character of GTC Paris. Signature LED daytime running lights are outlined with finely crafted chrome inserts that can stand as a piece of sculpture by themselves.

GTC Paris' wide stance is more noticeable on the rear, the part that is most imposing. Also providing the GTC its athletic appearance are its LED taillights featuring a long stretched “wing” nighttime graphic.

Press Release

World Premiere: Opel GTC Paris - Sculpture in Motion

Opel’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’.” What they created, the GTC Paris concept car, will be shown for the first time at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2010 (October 2 – 17).

Coming close on the heels of the new generation Astra Sports Tourer, which will also debut at the Paris motor show, the GTC Paris is the next bold step of a newly shaped Opel line-up.

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. This three-door compact is bold yet pure and is very iconic in presence. The GTC Paris is conceived to be the obtainable dream car delivering German engineered precision and innovation, matched with eye-popping design.

“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.

Distinctly a new Opel – with an emotional tribute to performance

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.

Innovative technology enhances performance

The best of Opel’s compact car technology is brought to its sportiest level on the GTC Paris. 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.

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