Although Opel is a name that we haven’t heard around here in the States for quite some time, it’s still very much an active presence across the pond. Under normal circumstances, the German automaker specializes in affordable consumer compacts, but its latest project takes things in a shocking new direction.
In celebration of the Manta A’s 50th anniversary, Opel has created an eye-catching, retro-styled EV that it’s calling the ‘Manta GSe Elektromod.’ Based on a classic 1970s Manta coupé, it sees the car’s factory inline-four swapped for a 145hp rear-mounted electric motor producing 188lb-ft of torque — enough to make it the most powerful version in the model’s production history. And while you might think that the GSe ElektroMOD would ditch other components from its petrol-powered predecessor, it actually retains the original four-speed manual gearbox (which can also be operated as an automatic) as well as the rear-wheel-drive layout. Rounded out by details like an integrated grille LED screen for displaying messages, an updated 21st-century interior, and some new 17-inch alloy wheels, the result is a car that honors its past whilst looking towards the future. You can learn more at the link below.