The Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD has been awarded the Grand Prix of the Festival Automobile International, in Paris.

The twelve experts from the fields of motorsport, architecture, fashion, design, culture and media awarded the Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD the Grand Prix du Festival as a “successful reinterpretation of past models”. This underlines that the Manta GSe ElektroMOD is not just a car that has simply been brought back to life. It is a legend that has been made fit for the future by car enthusiasts from Rüsselsheim with great attention to detail. A true brand statement: bold, pure – and excitingly different.

The purely battery-electric Manta is as sporty as a genuine Opel GSe and proudly displays its ambitions in its name – ElektroMOD. MOD stands for change, for technical and stylistic Modifications as well as a Modern sustainable lifestyle. It is a car that sparks emotions and turns heads with its neon-yellow paintwork and contrasting black bonnet as well as extravagant details such as the Opel Pixel-Vizor. That is where its message, how it stands for Opel’s commitment, is clearly displayed: “My German heart has been ELEKTRified. I am on a zero e-mission.”

There is no trace of the past in the interior either, which features the latest Opel digital technology. The classic round instruments are history; instead, the driver now looks at a wideOpel Pure Panel with two integrated widescreens.

The Manta GSe ElektroMOD combines the great Opel tradition with today’s commitment to emissions-free mobility for a very desirable, sustainable future.

A concept inspires and excites people – as it did at the Festival Automobile International. The renowned event took place for the 37th time in 2022 in Paris and honours the most beautiful, most successful and most forward-looking automotive projects of the year.

 

Charisma and… an electric heart

Launched over 50 years ago with a four-cylinder petrol engine, today the Manta is once again in top form, as the first electric MOD in the history of the German brand. The new Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD combines the best of both worlds: the classic appearance of a style icon together with state-of-the-art technology for sustainable motoring – far removed from a classic car rally. Because the new Manta is future-proof: electric, emissions-free and full of emotions.

The Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD reflects the fascination of a growing fan community that transforms classic cars like the Manta into so-called RestoMods with modern technologies and new design. The purely battery-electric Manta is as sporty as a genuine Opel GSe and proudly displays its ambitions in its name – ElektroMOD. MOD stands for change, for technical and stylistic MODifications as well as a MODern sustainable lifestyle.

That is why the four-cylinder engine under the Opel-iconic black bonnet makes way for an electric motor with 108 kW/147 hp. The “e” in GSe now stands for electrification.

In 1974 and 1975, the Manta GT/E was the first generation’s powerhouse model with 77 kW/105 hp. The 2021 electric Manta delivers maximum torque of 255 Nm from a standstill. Now the driver has the choice of manually shifting the original four-speed gearbox or simply engaging fourth gear and then driving automatically; power is always transmitted to the rear wheels. The Manta thus remains a classic sports car – with an innovative, modernised drivetrain.

The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 31 kWh, allowing an average range of around 200 kilometres. Regular charging takes place via a 9.0 kW on-board charger for single-phase and three-phase AC charging. This means it takes just under four hours to fully charge the Manta battery.

The wheelarches now house specially designed 17-inch light alloy wheels from Ronal, with 195/40 R17 tyres at the front and 205/40 R17 at the rear. The boot proudly displays “Manta” in the new, modern Opel script.

The interior features the latest Opel digital technology. The classic round instruments are history; instead, the driver now looks at a wide Opel Pure Panel, just like in the new production Mokka.The two integrated, driver-oriented, 12 and 10-inch widescreens show important information about the car such as charge status and range. Music comes via a Bluetooth box from the legendary amplifier brand Marshall.

The sports seats with their centre yellow decor line were once developed for the Opel ADAM S. They now offer a level of comfort and lateral support far superior to that in the original Manta. The driver gets behind a Petri three-spoke steering wheel reworked by Opel.

The ceiling of the passenger compartment is lined with fine Alcantara and completes the stylish ambience of this special car. At this moment, there are no plans for production of the Manta GSe ElektroMOD.

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