German car maker Opel has breathed new life into its 51-year-old Manta A sports coupé moving from four-pot petrol to battery-powered all-electric.
The one-off Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD is the first project of its kind undertaken by Opel and, with its 147hp electric motor and 255Nm of torque from standstill, becomes the most powerful Manta A ever built as well as the most powerful EV in its stable, although at this time the ElektroMOD is not available to buy.
Unlike other EVs though, the Elektro is purely rear-wheel drive and has been fitted with a four-speed manual gearbox. The driver can either work through the gears or engage fourth gear and use it as an automatic.
The Manta’s 32kWh battery offers an average range of 124 miles but features the same regenerative braking system found in its production Corsa-e and Mokka-e models, while an on-board 9kW charger allows a full recharge in just four hours.
Opel has also replaced the traditional grille with its Pixel-Vizor, a display capable of communicating text messages, graphics and animations, while inside two widescreens panels convey instrumentation information.
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