After first showing us some Gran Turismo awesomeness late last year, BMW has finally pulled the covers of its latest concept vehicle, but one that will only be available in the world of Gran Turismo 6. This is the 2014 BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept and as we had expected, it looks positively insane.
Remember when Mercedes became the first company to unveil its own Vision Gran Turismo Concept ? When it did, we all fell out of chairs, blown away by the insanity of Merc’s creation. But what it also did was set the bar really high for the rest of the car brands that were preparing their own concepts for Gran Turismo 6.
Admittedly, we had some trepidations on what other companies had up their sleeves. But with the arrival of BMW’s GT6 concept, all the doubts that crept up in our heads about what the car was going to look like quickly evaporated.
At first glance, you get the vibes of the M4 Coupe , albeit one that’s been rebuilt specifically for video game-racing purposes. But the best part about this concept is that unlike the Mercedes version, this one looks like its ready to be transformed into the real world.
Should that happen, trust us when we tell you: it’s going to be have a lot of people clamoring for a piece of it.
The BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept is a study in contrast with the only other Vision concept that has been revealed, that being the Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo Concept. Whereas the latter looked completely mental and fit the title of an actual concept car, the BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept looks like an actual race car with serious intentions.
The first thing you notice about the concept is its similarity with the M4 and how aggressively BMW styled it to become a full-fledged race car.. The front section alone features sharp angles on the bumper and a gnarly front spoiler that helps produce excellent downforce to keep the car balanced even at high speeds. The car also makes good use of carbon fiber, reducing the overall weight to give the car more pep and bounce at high speeds.
Finally, we can’t let this moment pass without giving props to the sick BMW M graphics that decorate the front and side sections of the vehicle. With the graphics in place, it’s really hard to take your eyes off of this concept, especially when it looks ready to jump out of the screen and become a real race car.
Not a whole lot of details were released on the interior, but we imagine it to be decked with a full specification of racing components mixed with touches of BMW style and luxury. We’ve seen that formula in a number of BMW race cars over the years so there’s no reason to think that the Vision Gran Turismo Concept won’t have at least some parts of it.
Far more than just being a prototype with no real-world implications, the BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept a three-liter, inline six-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, delivering a stout 549 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than enough output to turn the BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept into a bonafide beast on four wheels.
|Type||Three-liter six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology|
|Output (HP @ RPM)||549 HP @ 6,200 - 7,300|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||501 @ 1,900|
Just a concept, or image of the future?
We’d love to say that BMW’s Vision Gran Turismo Concept has a production future but judging by how BMW has successfully expanded its lineup in the past year, we don’t see a scenario where the company builds a road-going model based on this concept. If you look at recent trends, that space seems to have been successfully occupied by the BMW M4 Coupe.
So far, there has only been one other Vision Gran Turismo Concept that has been unveiled. This incredible Mercedes set the bar so extremely high for the rest of the concepts that are yet to be introduced. BMW’s version came close to matching it, but the Mercedes’ otherworldly design still has us wondering if we’ll see it on the road soon. And we’re not the only ones thinking about that too because when It was unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo Concept really did create quite a buzz in the automotive world.
The concept features an aggressive design language, with elements inspired by the 1952 300 SL race car and an interior with F1 elements. It also gets a powerful AMG engine and an exhaust system with eight end pipes.
As far as output is concerned, the concept comes equipped with an AMG-sourced, V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 585 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.
We’re not going to lie. The BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept looks positively bad-ass. The look of a true race car is there and it’s got some serious power under its hood. Heck, it even looks sexier with the iconic M racing graphics. It’s just too bad that we’re not likely to see a production model anytime soon.
That being said, you can still enjoy the BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept if you have Gran Turismo 6 on your PlayStation 4.
- Impressive looks
- Mouth-watering horsepower
- Exudes race car aura
- It’s not real
- Best to just play on GT6 than daydream for the day it arrives in dealerships
- That Mercedes concept is equally bad-ass, don’t you think?
Gallery BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept
A new virtual race car, the BMW Vision Gran Turismo, takes to the racetrack in Gran Turismo® 6, the acclaimed racing title available exclusively on PlayStation®3. The race car, created by BMW Group Design, boasts a virtual three-litre six-cylinder inline engine developed by BMW M GmbH, which promises a peak performance of 404 kW/549 hp, fast laps and optimum handling and control. “The development of the BMW Vision Gran Turismo combines our many years of motorsports experience with signature BMW Design. The race car anticipates future racing trends and allows gaming fans even more to experience BMW racing quality,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Brand Communication BMW, BMW i, BMW M. Starting this Thursday, visitors to BMW Welt in Munich will also be able to take the BMW Vision Gran Turismo to the virtual track within the BMW M exhibition. Besides PlayStation®3 gaming stations, an additional dedicated racing seat with a specially designed three-screen display will be available making the experience totally immersive, and the closest you can get to driving the car in real life.
Following in the tradition of the successful BMW touring cars of the 1970s, the BMW design team has created an uncompromising road racer for the modern era. Crisp proportions and a dynamic silhouette give the BMW Vision Gran Turismo the appearance of speed, even standing still. Front and rear spoilers ensure optimum down-force, while all air conduction elements reduce drag and lower the vehicle’s total weight through the use of carbon fibre. The paint finish in BMW M colours traces the flow of the airstream, recalling BMW Motorsports successes. Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles said: “The BMW Vision Gran Turismo is pure BMW sportiness and dynamics. It’s a precise driving machine engineered and designed to race and win.”
The technology in the BMW Vision Gran Turismo is just as impressive as its uncompromising design. A powerful three-litre six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology delivers a maximum power of 404 kW/549 hp between 6,200 min-1 and 7,300 min-1. Its peak torque of 680 Nm is developed at just 1,900 rpm. A sequential six-speed transmission, operated by gearshift paddles on the steering wheel, distributes engine power to the driven rear axle. The outstanding performance characteristics of the BMW Vision Gran Turismo, which weighs only 1,180 kilograms, include perfect 50:50 axle load distribution.
The BMW Group demonstrates its on-going commitment to the gaming field. The growing relevance of the video game market and its active gaming community means that concepts such as the BMW Vision Gran Turismo, as well as classic and current BMW vehicles, can not only be presented passively in images or trailers, but also experienced in an interactive manner by a wide audience and even taken for a virtual drive.
To mark the game’s 15th anniversary last year, Kazunori Yamauchi, Gran Turismo® creator and president of Polyphony Digital Inc., invited leading automobile manufacturers to contribute to the successful game series. Design departments were called upon to look into the future and share their ground-breaking concept models with the gaming community. The virtual cars will be gradually integrated into the new Gran Turismo® 6 game through online updates. “I was eagerly awaiting what kind of car the people at BMW would come up with. The resulting Vision Gran Turismo car was a sports car that was so clearly BMW, that really shows the DNA of BMW. What makes the Vision GT car so recognizable as a BMW, is in things like its compact size, its wide front and rear overfenders. It maintains the strong angular forms from the past, but the car is also given modern, elegant lines”, said Yamauchi. Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design added: „This project means a lot to me, because Kazunori-san shares the same passion for design and driving pleasure as we do at BMW Group. We are pleased to present our very first virtual BMW concept car at GT6.”
The Gran Turismo® video game, first released in 1998, is an award-winning racing simulation. The series is one of the biggest virtual racing games worldwide and PlayStation’s most successful franchise. A wide range of realistic racetrack options and authentic-looking HD graphic images characterise the game. According to Sony Computer Entertainment, the complete series has sold over 70 million games in more than 100 countries to date.