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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Opel Celebrates The 50th Anniversary Of The Manta With This One-Off Restomod


Who remembers the Opel Manta? The rear-wheel drive sports coupe, favorite in the 1970s to 80s has come back to life in time for its 50th anniversary.

A one-off resto-mod, the Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD reflects the growing trend of transforming classic cars like the Manta into so-called “RestoMods” with modern components and powertrains. The all-electric Manta GSe is the first electric RestoMod by Opel and combines the classic style of the iconic Manta with the latest electric powertrain for sustainable motoring.



The four-cylinder engine under the hood has been replaced by a 147-horsepower, 225 Nm of torque electric motor. Interestingly, the Manta GSe also comes with the original four-speed gearbox, allowing drivers to manually change gears, or alternatively, engage the fourth gear and let the car drive automatically.

With a 31-kWh lithium-ion battery, the Manta GSe has a range of around 200 kilometers, and features regenerative braking to improve range. Charging takes place through a 9kW on-board charger with a full charge taking just under four hours to complete.

The Manta GSe features Opel’s latest design elements, with the brand’s Vizor-styled front end evident immediately. It comes with a Pixel-Vizor front end that stretches across the entire width of the front, with the Pixel technology allowing it to issue messages. The front end also features LED daylight running lights, while the iconic circular rear lights come with a three-dimensional LED design.



The yellow paintwork is contrasted by the signature black bonnet, with the wheel arches housing specially designed 17-inch Ronal alloy wheels with 195/40 R17 tires at the front, and 205/40 R17 tires at the rear.

The rear proudly displays the ‘Manta’ in the new Opel lettering, while the chrome fender trims found in the original Manta have now disappeared.

As expected of a modern RestoMod, the interior of the Manta GSe features the latest digital technology. The classic round instruments have been replaced by two driver oriented 12-inch and 10-inch digital displays. The sound system has also been modernized with a new unit from the Marshall.

The sports seats come with a yellow center line and offer improved comfort and support over the originals. The steering wheel is a Petri three-spoke wheel reworked by Opel, and feature a yellow marker in the 12 o’clock position for an added sporty touch. In addition, surfaces in the cockpit and door panels are now matt grey, which perfectly matches the neo-classic’s other yellow and black colored elements. The ceiling of the passenger compartment is lined with fine Alcantara and completes the stylish ambience of the new Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD.


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