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Opel GT Roadster
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Power of Pleasure
November 19, 2008 By Bartosz Grzybiński   
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The more I drove this car, the more I liked it. Its faults are immediately obvious but its pleasures more than compensate.

Just looking at the Opel GT puts you in a good mood. The bright yellow body and black soft top contrast with each other and the styling brings you to your knees. The Opel GT looks attractive regardless of whether its top is up or down.

The muscular-looking chassis is 4.1 meters long, just 1.27 m high, and a strapping 1.81 m wide. The car sits on low-profile 245/45 tires with 18-inch aluminum wheel rims that make it look aggressive. The two-seater Opel GT roadster is without a doubt one of the most stylish cars on the Polish market.

The interior seats two people. In the coupe version, the luggage area holds 157 liters, but in the Cabrio version, when the soft top is folded down into the trunk, there is only 66 liters of stowage space. There is a small storage area between the seats but this best serves as a place to stow away documents. The dashboard is readable and ergonomically designed. Air-conditioning and audio controls are located in the middle. The driver's side has a deeply recessed speedometer and tachometer, similar to those of sports cars.

The car has a 2-liter inline gasoline engine that delivers an impressive 264 hp at 5,300 rpm thanks to turbocharging. The maximum torque of 353 Nm is achieved at 2,000 rpm. The engine's speed and performance between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm are excellent.

According to the manufacturer's technical data, the Opel GT accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in just 5.7 seconds; achieves a top speed of 229 kph and needs only 6 seconds to reach 100 kph from 60 kph in fourth gear. The 1,400 kg roadster reacts energetically to the slightest pressure on the accelerator, and acceleration is so fast that you are pushed back into your seat.

The vehicle's hard, sporty suspension and good balancing allows for fast driving on serpentine roads on which the Opel GT behaves almost like a go-cart. The car's weight is evenly distributed over both the front and rear axles. Should the driver let emotions carry him away and disregard safety, the electronic stability program (ESP) kicks in-albeit with a slight delay, and quite brutally returns the car onto its correct course.

Driving the Opel GT is a lot of fun. Rear- wheel drive, direct steering and a precise, manual transmission combined with a sporty suspension and a responsive engine produce a sensational effect. There is pleasure to be had not just from the excellent acceleration or superb skid control but also from the sound of the engine. It is hard to believe that a four-cylinder engine can sound like this.

And it does not matter that the cabin is tight and driver visibility is significantly limited. It does not matter that the steering wheel can only be adjusted vertically or that the interior is finished in plastic that blatantly imitates aluminum. It is difficult not to notice these things when first getting into the car, but this is all unimportant when compared with the joy of driving this roadster. The joy gets even greater when the price tag is revealed-a little over zl.120,000.
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