Opel is electrifying its cult model Manta. The carmaker has provided a first preview of the Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD, a purely electric reinterpretation of the 1970 original. It remains unclear whether the electric Manta will remain a one-off or actually go into production.
So far, the German carmaker from Rüsselsheim has only published a computer-generated image and a short video that basically only shows the rendering over which some video effects have been superimposed. While that can hardly be classified as spec, there is some info.
Opel hints that the Manta GSe ElektroMOD is a 1970 Manta converted to an electric drive – and not only because of the ‘MOD’ in the name that stands for ‘modern’. Opel says that this refers to technical and stylistic modifications as well as catering to a modern lifestyle.
Apart from modifications to the drive system, the Manta GSe ElektroMOD will also feature the fully digital cockpit known from the Mokka-e, among others. The electric Manta is to carry the ‘Opel Vizor’ – i.e. every design element that combines the vehicle grille, the headlights and sensor, and the brand logo in one element as with the Mokka-e. The teaser image also shows LED daytime running lights, reminiscent of the Mokka-e.
The German carmaker has not yet revealed any details about the powertrain apart from the fact that it is to be purely battery-electric. This leads to the suspicion that it will be the 100 kW drive from PSA – or again, a modification of it. At least the Manta is supposed to be “sporty like a real Opel GSe”.
What remains to be seen whether this Opel project will only result in a single show car, whether it will be offered as a retrofit kit for the conversion of existing Mantas, or whether it will even result in a (small) series. Stay tuned.
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