Opel is developing a zooty open-top coupé to compete with the Smart Roadster and Citroën Pluriel and it should be ready in time for next year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Opel is developing a zooty open-top coupé to compete with the Smart Roadster and Citroën Pluriel and it should be ready in time for next year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Photographed at the testing facilities of Opel in a forest somewhere in the north of Sweden, the prototype appears to be a roadster version of the European-spec Corsa range.

Built to rival the Ford StreetKa, Smart Roadster, Peugeot 206 CC and Citroën Pluriel, the car will cost about R158 000.

Reports suggest that the car might be called the Tigra.

The car will be powered by a 76 kW 1,6-litre or 91 kW 1,8-litre four cylinder engine. A hot turbocharged 1,6-litre unit, producing 130 kW, is also on the cards.

With a length of 3,81 m, width of 1,95 m and height of 1,40 m, the Corsa Speedster will be a pure two-seater. The baby cabrio will feature sharp-edged styling and sculpted taillights, while chrome-finished rear roll hoops add to the road presence, but also perform an important safety role.