Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD: classic sports coupe reimagined with electric power

This is our first look at the Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD: an all-electric sports coupe from Vauxhall’s German sister brand.

Opel Manta GSe concept car exterior

While some other manufacturers have put electric drivetrains into their classic models, Vauxhall's German sister brand Opel has taken a slightly different approach with this Manta GSe ElektroMOD concept car, which reimagines a classic 1970s model as a zero-emissions sports car for the 21st century.

It has been styled to look like the Opel Manta A and in place of a regular grille or plastic panel at the front, the Manta GSe features a digital display called the Pixel-Vizor. This screen can place dynamic animations and messages onto the front of the car, which you can see in the latest images. Opel says the Manta GSe will also include a fully digital cockpit, so we can expect a dual-screen setup with a digital driver’s display and infotainment screen. 

There are no official details on the Manta GSe’s drivetrain as yet, but it could well use the same 50kWh battery, 134bhp electric motor and 100kW charging capability setup we’ve tested in the Vauxhall Corsa-e and Vauxhall Mokka-e, as well as the Peugeot e-208 and Peugeot e-2008. But, as a sportier car, there's also potential for a higher-performance version, as Vauxhall has confirmed plans for a VXR-badged Mokka-e already. 

Reimagining models from brands’ pasts has become a popular trend for creating new, exciting electric-car concepts, as we’ve seen with the recently unveiled Renault 5 and the Peugeot e-Legend, which is reminiscent of the Peugeot 504 coupe. However, electric conversions for classic cars have also become popular. Recently Electrogenic created the world's first electric Morgan 4/4 and electric Triumph Stag

Although it has not been confirmed whether the Manta GSe will be joining the Corsa-e and Mokka-e in Opel and Vauxhall's range of production electric cars, Opel is adding the final touches to the Manta GSe ahead of fully unveiling it on 19 May next. See our pick of the best electric and hybrid sports cars here.

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