Opel is reimagining its sports car from the ‘70s

Opel is bringing back the Manta nameplate with a strong contemporary twist: an all-electric powertrain and a smart screen integrated in the front end that can display various messages or logos.

2021 Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD Exterior
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Dubbed the Manta GSe ElektroMOD, Opel’s latest pet project moves away from the four-cylinder ICE of the original 1970 Manta A and adopts an electric motor.

Details are basically non-existent, but Opel tells us that the car “is getting its final touches in Russelsheim” as we speak, with a debut coming on May 19.

We believe that when it debuts, the Manta GSe ElektroMOD will pack the same powertrain as the all-electric Opel Mokka-e: a 100-kW (134 horsepower) electric motor and a 50-kWh Lithium-ion battery pack. The Mokka-e needs nine seconds for the 0-62 (100 kph) sprint, but we expect the Mantra to be quicker courtesy of a lighter build. Top speed should be around 150 mph (240 kph).

2021 Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD specifications
Powertrain electric
Power 100-kW (134 hp)
Battery pack 50-kWh Lithium-ion
0 to 60 mph 8 seconds
Top Speed 150 mph (240 kph)
2021 Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD Exterior
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“The Manta GSe ElektroMOD is the work of passionate designers, 3D modelers, engineers, technicians, mechanics, product and brand experts. All Opel fans through and through who love cars and have fun developing new things.”

Design-wise, we dig the muscle car proportions and shapes but other than those, Opel is trumpeting the addition of the Pixel-Visor, basically a screen that stretches across the entire width of the front end.

The screen can display messages such as “My German heart has been ELEKTRified” or “I am on a zero e-mission” or “I am an ElektroMOD.” What’s more, Opel also promises a fully-digital cockpit for the electric Manta.

2021 Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD Exterior
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The original Opel Manta debuted in September 1970 with a 60-horsepower, 1.2-liter gasoline engine. Then came the Manta GT/E and its 105-horsepower, 1.9-liter engine fitted with Bosch injection.

Five years after the Manta A was introduced, Opel launched the Manta B with engines that varied from 1.2 to 2.4 liters and outputs between 55 to 144 horsepower in the Manta B 400.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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