2018 Opel sports coupe speculative rendering

Opel working on a Toyota 86-rivaling sports coupe

September 24, 2015

Earlier this year, it was reported that Opel is considering revival of the Opel Manta (pictured below), a classic rear-wheel drive sports coupe that was introduced in 1970 and after a life of two generations, was replaced by the Opel Calibra in 1989. Now, a fresh report from Auto Bild says that Opel is working on revival of the Opel GT, a two-seat sports car that was introduced in 1968.

Opel Manta

The new report is nothing but an evolution of the previous report, as the Opel Manta was the successor to the Opel GT. All in all, Opel is working on a Toyota 86-rivaling sports coupe that would likely form its performance flagship.

The Dutch publication presenting the new report has speculated the new sports coupe to be based on the Opel Monza concept that was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The same concept is said to inspire the next-gen Opel Insignia.

2018 Opel sports coupe unofficial rendering

Coming to the most exciting part, about when Opel will give a glimpse of the new sports coupe, the new report says that it will be in a concept form in Spring 2016. Following the early 2016 presentation of the concept, the new sports coupe will go on sale in first markets in Europe in 2018, with prices starting around €25,000.

It’s little too early to talk about which markets other than Europe would the new sports coupe be sold to. It can be speculated that it would be sold in New Zealand and Australia under the Holden brand, if a Vauxhall-badged right-hand drive version is made, which most likely will be the case. North America won’t get a Chevrolet-badged version though, considering the fact that the Chevrolet Camaro is already available in that segment for a competitive price.

[Source: Auto Bild]

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