Flipping heck: the Opel Manta is back, and electric

A classic rear-drive coupe from the 70s and 80s returns as an EV

The Opel Manta is making a comeback. And also what a delightful sentence that is. This time around though, it’s electric.

Yet naturally. Opel has taken a leaf out of Honda, Fiat and also Renault’s book, understanding the very best means to win the trust fund of EV sceptics is to give them the automobile of their young people, simply with CarPlay, air con and a wodge of batteries stuffed within.

This is the Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD (their caps, not ours). “It returns the epic Manta of 1970 as well as all at once offers included impetus to the growing sensation of restomods,” claims Opel, “where symbols like the Manta mix original and brand-new technologies and design.”

Thus the MOD in its name, which also represents modern-day– alluding to its amazed propulsion. “With its lasting, emissions-free electrical drive, the Opel Manta now becomes immortal, independent of spares for engine and transmission or prospective driving bans for older burning engine autos,” we’re told.

Yet that’s about all we’re told. Will it be a normal production car, or minimal unique? Will us Vauxhall-buying Brits get a sniff of it? And also will it be powering its wheels (presumably the rear set, else it’s not a real Manta) with something gutsier than the 134bhp powertrain made use of in the Corsa, Mokka and various other Stellantis EVs? A lot more as we have it …