Vauxhall gears up to rival Mazda in affordable sports car market 0

We’re picturing Vauxhall revving its engines next to Mazda at a traffic light now, all Fast & Furious like.

Though the official line states that Vauxhall’s newest sports car model was unveiled as a tribute to the XVR concept car that stunned audiences at the Geneva motor show fifty years ago, many are speculating that, with adjustments and slight tweaking, Vauxhall have a serious contender in the affordable sports car showdown.

image credit: autocar.co.uk

image credit: autocar.co.uk

Mazda, and its MX range, currently dominates the affordable sports car market, however, a positive reaction to Vauxhall’s GT concept car and their proclamation that it could be “a template for future sports cars” suggests that a competition is brewing. The Vauxhall GT has many similarities with the Mazda MX5, with a front-engine, rear-wheel drive and being a two seater. The car also finds a way to challenge the usual template of a coupe, with the windscreen flowing into a glass roof flooding the interior with natural light and slightly mirroring the feel of a convertible. This sort of stylistic risk is one of the flourishes that Vauxhall promise to keep trying in a bid to improve and advance their brand.

Vauxhall Chairman and Managing Director, Rory Harvey said that the GT concept car is an indicator of what the “company stands for now” an “ambitious and confident brand that [is] not frightened to innovate.” Innovations like the GT concept’s large doors that integrate with the window to create a seamless transition between the painted and glass surfaces. The GT concept also includes a patented mount on the door which opens into the front wheel arches, allowing an easier step in and step out, especially in tighter parking spaces. The GT concept will get the first public debut at the Geneva Motor show this March, and as aforementioned acts as a homage to the XVR (pictured below).

image credit: oldconceptcars.com

image credit: oldconceptcars.com

To truly rival the Mazda MX5, the GT concept would need some adjustments, primarily to bring the price down. The pricing is what makes the MX5 so desirable to consumers, so if/when the GT concept hits the market expect to see the sensor cameras to be replaced by traditional wing mirrors, as well as some style changes. Affordable sports cars have to come at some price, after all.

We here at Servicing Stop think a bit of competition is always healthy, so we look forward to seeing what innovations Vauxhall might bring to the affordable sports car industry.