Sadly, you’re probably never going to get the chance to drive the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo in real life. The sexy futuristic beast up there was designed in celebration of the 15th anniversary of – you guessed it – Gran Turismo. With the exception of one real-life model, it’ll probably only ever exist within the world of Gran Turismo 6.
The concept car was created in response to a call to car manufacturers by Gran Turismo developer Polyphony Digital to develop exclusive concept sports cars for the game. Mercedes’ Vision Gran Turismo boasts some impressive specs and design points.
From the Gran Turismo blog:
In collaboration with the creators of Gran Turismo, Mercedes-Benz has come up with a striking sports car that features gullwing doors and some seriously sensuous curves. The image the design team had in mind was that of a big cat closing in on its prey, and this has been realised in both the elegance and sense of agility and alertness in the completed model. The shape of the front grille is modelled on the classic Mercedes-Benz 300SL, the winner of the Carrera Panamericana in 1952, a race famed for its unforgiving conditions. However, the grille differs from the classic model in being made entirely from LEDs, capable of lighting up independently in a variety of patterns .
The body is distinctive chiefly for its impressive curves and powerful and prominent fender, both of which follow firmly in the tradition of Mercedes-Benz’s impeccably proportioned sports cars. The car pays homage to classic competition cars with features that include the use of trigger catches to fasten both the bonnet and rear hatch. It is also equipped with a moveable rear wing. The chassis is made from an aluminium spaceframe with carbon fibre components, meaning that its weight is reduced to 1385kg (3053 lbs. ), significantly lighter than normal for this type of sports car.
Underneath its elongated bonnet, the AMG has an optimised 5.5 litre V8 twin turbo engine, boasting an output of 585ps (577 BHP) with a substantial torque of 800N-m at 2000-4500 rpm. With its ultra-light body, the AMG achieves a power-to-weight ratio of 2.37kg/ps. The sound designers for the AMG have come up with an elegant specially-tuned exhaust note for the eight independent exhaust pipes which have been integrated into the tail lights. Rival drivers will hear this strong and distinctive engine roar as the AMG races past them.
While you may never get the chance to get behind the wheel of this incredible machine, you can play it when when GT6 comes out. So that’s some consolation, I guess.
(via the Verge)