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First Look: Opel Flextreme Concept

Ramping up the Ampera.

by on Mar.03, 2010

A wndswept shape conceals an advanced, battery-powered drivetrain in the new Opel Flextreme concept vehicle.

If the Opel Ampera was supposed to push the envelope in terms of both design and technology, the European maker’s new Flextreme concept vehicle takes things to the “next step.”

Building on Opel’s new “Sculptural Artistry” design language, the Ampera wraps a slick and ultra-efficient body around the plug-in hybrid powertrain Opel is using in next year’s Ampera sedan – technology first developed for the American-made Chevrolet Volt.

“This is the next step in our design language,” said Mark Adams, Opel’s design director, during a preview of the Flextreme, at the Geneva Motor Show.

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The sports coupe shape has an unusual low drag coefficient of just 0.22, Adams noted, something that’s a distinct advantage with an electric vehicle.  The better you cheat the wind, the longer and faster you can go, despite the limitations of your onboard power pack.  With the Flextreme, that means a top speed of 125 mph, roughly 30 mph faster than the Volt or Ampera.