2010 Opel Flextreme GT/E Concept review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 22 February 2010 , 16:02:49 byAngela

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Opel Flextreme GT/E Concept

At the Geneva Motor Show, Opel will unveil its Flextreme GT/E concept car, a model that illustrates how extended-range electric vehicle technology can be plugged into large or mid-size vehicles, as well as compact cars such as the upcoming Ampera. Its design also contributes to the 200 km/h top speed, but also to conserve energy and extend its driving range. Its clean, frontal styling features a low hood line and an extended nose section, which is clasped by wing-shaped, signature LED headlamps. The upper section of the grille is used to admit cooling air, the lower portion being covered by a translucent panel. The sculpted hood features narrow longitudinal vents on either side to draw air out of the engine compartment. Access to the cabin is enhanced by the adoption of rear-hinged rear doors, an evolution of the Opel FlexDoors concept from the new generation Meriva monocab. To reduce air turbulence, exterior front door mirrors are also absent, replaced by small camera pods in the base of the A-pillars. Integral of the expressive looks of the Flextreme GT/E is the efficiency of the design execution. The 21-inch alloys wheels are relatively narrow, to reduce wind resistance and fitted with 195/45, low rolling resistance tires. The minimal front intake improves airflow around the nose of the car and the underbody sweeps up, venturi-like, at the rear to further reduce drag. Despite its greater size and a maximum speed of more than 200 km/h, the model is projected to offer performance similar to that of the Ampera. It is capable of a battery-powered driving range of up to 60 km with zero CO2 tailpipe emissions and a total range of more than 500 km. unlike a hybrid vehicle, the wheels of the Flextreme GT/E are powered at all times by electricity. The motor in the electric drive unit delivers a substantial 370 Nm of torque offering real performance and projected 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in less than 9.0 seconds.