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1978-1988 OPEL Manta GT/E specifications


Many people expected the Opel Manta to die when the Ascona was replaced by a new front-wheel drive version in 1981. Instead, it freshened up the existing car’s styling with glassfibre bumpers, and introduced a new 1.8-litre engine for the cooking models. The GT/E version continued with the same 110bhp injected 2-litre, but more aggressive looks and lower list prices suddenly made the old war horse look a whole lot more competitive. By 1988, when it was finally phased out, the Manta was looking like an anachronism, but an engaging one. Rusty and trusty now.

Production

  • Production:
    603,000
  • Price at launch:
    £6,444
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,000
  • Price (good):
    £1,800
  • Price (average):
    £750
  • Price (project):
    £400

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    8.5secs
  • Top speed:
    120.0mph
  • Power:
    110.0bhp
  • Torque:
    119.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    29.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    electronic fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, wishbones, lower trailing links, coil springs, anti-roll bar, telescopic dampers
  • Suspension Rear:
    Rigid axle (torque tube), trailing radius arms, transverse linkage bar, coil spring, anti-roll bar, telescopic dampers
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4455mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2517mm
  • Width:
    1671mm
  • Height:
    1321mm
  • Weight:
    1065kgs

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