Vision Gran Turismo Is Sports Car Perfection
The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo is one svelte supercar that anyone can buy and drive – well, virtually. In celebration of the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo video game series 15th anniversary, Mercedes-Benz developed the AMG Vision Gran Turismo specifically for the Gran Turismo 6 game.
In order to mark the vehicle’s digital debut, Mercedes-Benz also made a 1:1 model of the video game car that it subsequently showed off at its Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, Calif. on November 2013. Less than a year later, Mercedes-Benz dusted off the AMG Vision Gran Turismo’s voluptuous fenders and displayed the outrageous concept car on the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: Concept Lawn.
Said to weigh a mere 3,053 lbs. the AMG Vision Gran Turismo theoretically pumps 577 horsepower from a front-mounted twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine, resulting in a weight-to-power ratio of 5.2-pounds per horsepower. For reference, the 583 horsepower Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT coupe has a weight-to-power ratio of approximately 6.13 lbs. per horsepower and manages a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds.
Low, with little-to-no fender gap, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept is a blend of classic Mercedes-Benz sports car cues and future ones. The car’s grille is a homage to the classic Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwing coupe; however, LED elements within the grille allows the silver supercar’s front end to take on a number of different forms. The technology expands upon the diamond finish that Mercedes-Benz incorporates into a number of its new car grilles, including the compact CLA.
The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo is also a glimpse at the company’s forthcoming supercar, the Mercedes-AMG GT. Although the Mercedes-AMG GT will lose some of the Vision Gran Turismo’s dramatic proportions, we expect the car to have a similar greenhouse design and comparable proportions to this wild concept. Overall we expect to see a cab-rearward design paired with a long hood to fit the new 503-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
The forthcoming Mercedes-AMG GT and Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept are the latest in a long line of supercars, including the soon-to-be discontinued SLS AMG GT sports car, and the discontinued 2003-2010 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
While the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo is nothing more than a concept at this time, its existence is a reminder of the brand’s commitment to building some of the world’s most exciting performance cars. In fact, we weren’t the only ones impressed by the sleek concept, as a Mercedes-Benz representative informed us that a prospective client offered the company $2.5 million for the concept car. Unfortunately for the mystery client, Mercedes-Benz declined to build it.
–Gregory S. Fink