Written by Daniel Andzhurov – March 23, 2021
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
Restomod: a new phenomenon to the collector-car world, which mixes old and new technologies to create the best of both worlds by modifying classic cars with modern technology.
Whether you like it or not, the so-called restomods are a big hit on the tuning scene right now: they range from Singer Porsche through Cyan Volvo to Chieftain Range Rover. Now Opel is starting to follow the new fashion by "implanting" an electric drive from the Mokka-e to the Opel Manta A—and so the Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD is born.
So far, Opel has published a single photo of the GSe. However, it looks quite appetizing. On it, you can see the neon green Manta A with a matte black front hood. The front has already received the brand's new face, called the Opel-Vizor with black stripes and distinctive LED headlights. Vizor, on the other hand, was inspired by the first Manta, which sounds like a paradox. But let us put that aside because the new front is perfect for the electric Manta. A spoiler below makes the look even more sporty. The interior has a digital cockpit instead of classic analog appliances.
With 31 hp higher power than the Manta GT / E
In addition, Opel does not reveal much about the project. Only that the GTe is powered by an electric motor. And since the people of Rüsselsheim have only one of these types, it is easy to know exactly who. In the Mokka-e and Corsa-e the unit has a power of 100 kW (136 hp), which is significantly more than the 105 hp. of the old Manta GT / E. The electric Manta must also be lighter than its old versions and accelerate faster than them (0-100 km/h in less than 9 seconds). Other specs are yet to be released.
Unfortunately - or fortunately, depending on your point of view - the Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD will remain unique. Judging by the photo, however, the machine has a registration number and approval for traffic on public roads. So, we look forward to seeing it driving soon!
Auto Trendy’s take:
Restomod seems like a really good concept for us. We, at Auto Trendy, believe that the classic car lovers, and even the petrol heads, are the happiest about it. Also, this might be beneficial for all the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) car owners as it makes it possible for them to upgrade their beloved vehicle into a greener one and would not have to say “goodbye” to it. For this to become a reality, more development in the direction of vehicle powertrain conversion is needed so that it becomes affordable for the middle-class people as well. We are curious, impatient and looking forward to seeing more old-school electric cars on the roads.