Opel GTC Paris Bound for World Debut at 2010 Paris Auto Show
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Opel GTC Paris Bound for World Debut at 2010 Paris Auto Show

2010 Paris Auto Show


2010 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Opel GTC Paris concept will make its world debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.
  • Five-passenger concept is said to be inspired by the 1970 novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull and its quote: "and the speed was pure beauty."
  • The Opel gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

RUSSELSHEIM, Germany — The Opel GTC Paris concept, said to be inspired by the 1970 novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull, will make its world debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.

The five-passenger concept is fitted with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and linked to a six-speed manual transmission. Opel did not provide any technical specifications on the concept. Details include an integrated spoiler, front electronic limited-slip differential and 21-inch wheels.

The three-door compact is described as "an emotional tribute to performance," according to a statement by Opel. It said that "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."

The novel is the story of a seagull who is bored by daily fights over food with other seagulls. It was later made into a film. Film critic Roger Ebert wrote that the book was "banal" and said, "The Little Engine That Could is, by comparison, a work of some depth and ambition" in his movie review.

No word from Opel on whether the GTC Paris is bound for production. It said in a statement that the "GTC Paris is conceived to be the obtainable dream car."

Edmunds.com says: The literary twist is intriguing, but the Opel book club might want to step up its game a bit. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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