Opel has just unveiled the new Flextreme GT/E plug-in hybrid concept, which previews its future design line while also betraying the eco-friendly nature that new models from under the Opel/Vauxhall brands will have.
Set to be presented at the Geneva Motor Show, the Flextreme GT/E is promoted as a “new kind of GT car”, with an aggressive design, all built with a function though, as the concept has 0.22 drag coefficient. This is largely due to its low height, with the roof line being 19cm lower than the Insignia’s, and to the “blades” coming out of the rear end, which keep airflow as smooth as possible (just don’t ask us how).
The concept car is just a design study, according to Opel, and uses basically the same drivetrain as the upcoming Ampera plug-in hybrid, the Voltec, courtesy of the Chevrolet Volt. Power comes from 158 HP electric motor, capable of 270 lb-ft of torque, which uses for recharging a 1.4-liter 70 HP internal combustion engine. While it is capable of going for 35 miles on a single charge, the extended range, which uses the aforementioned engine, is 300 miles. The Opel concept can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in around 9 seconds, and up to 125 mph.
Overall, if the Opel Flextreme GT/E concept is a shape of things to come from Russelsheim, then we can look forward to future models.
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