Joining in on the fun is Volkswagen with its Vision Gran Turismo Concept . And if we’re into picking among the best of what we’ve seen, it’s hard to go against what looks like a pretty sick roadster that actually bears resemblance to one of Volkswagen’s production models, specifically the Scirocco .
This is what the creative forces at Volkswagen thought of when they were asked to build a concept for the video game franchise. It’s not that the car looks good; it’s that it looks exceptionally good, one we hope Volkswagen decides to build as an actual production car in the future.
It retains most of the essential characteristics of the brand’s sports hatch and wraps it up in a sportier package, one that features a dramatically low windshield, a swooping front end, new headlights, and lest we forget, the sickest set of wheels we’ve seen among all the Vision Gran Turismo Concept cars that have come out.
Updated 05/23/2014: Volkswagen revealed the first details and specs on the Vision Gran Turismo Concept, just a few days before the car’s official debut on May 28th at the Worthersee Festival in Austria.
Updated 05/28/2014: Volkswagen unveiled a new video (above) revealing the new Vision Gran Turismo Concept in action and it surely looks fast! A new set of images were also dropped by the developers of the Gran Turismo game. Enjoy!
Updated 05/29/2014: Volkswagen unveiled the new Vision Gran Turismo Concept - or GTI Roadster - at the Worthersee Festival. Click past the jump to find out the new details.
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The front fascia is dominated by the large air intake flanked by vertically-mounted LED DLR units, while the skinny headlamps are connected by a narrow grille that bears the Golf GTI’s familiar red strip
Although Volkswagen’s design team claims the Vision Gran Turismo concept makes us of extensive Golf GTI DNA, we’ll hold onto to our opinion that this virtual supercar bears a closer resemblance to the Scirocco. A flatter and probably wider one, fitted with an extreme aerodynamic package that includes an huge rear wing, a track-spec front splitter and a rear diffuser. The low cut windshield also chimes in to help low aero drag.
The front fascia is dominated by the large air intake flanked by vertically-mounted LED DLR units. The skinny, but nicely sculpted headlamps are connected by a narrow grille that bears the Golf GTI’s familiar red strip. Around back, the flattened fascia is highlighted by the impressive diffuser and its huge blades. Mounted above the aerodynamic piece, the exhaust carries a less conventional design, consisting of two tailpipes wrapped together in a larger, trapezoidal tip.
Finished in a flashy metallic red coat derived from the GTI’s Tornado Red and dubbed Gran Turismo Red, the concept will break lap records in the game while rolling on 20-inch wheels wrapped in 235/35 front and 275/30 rear tires. Other details adding to the uniqueness of the concept car are high-gloss black screen over the engine compartment and the illuminated GTI badges fitted on the sides.
The cockpit is conceived in a dual monocoque fashion, with the two sides separated by what Volkswagen calls an "open bar"
The cockpit is conceived in a dual monocoque fashion, with the two sides separated by what Volkswagen calls an "open bar". The piece extends from the dashboard all the way to the rear, but makes way for a fire extinguisher beneath it. Both sides are equipped with Alcantara-wrapped racing seats with five-point safety belts and carbon-fiber surrounds, while red accents lighten up the black overall appearance.
The race-spec features of the concept continue with the steering wheel, which comes in a four-spoke grip design and sits on a long, exposed column. The light switches are mounted on each side, as are the red-painted shift paddles found behind the controller.
The sports car concept sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds
Powering this supposedly lightning-fast concept is a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo, TSI engine that generates 503 horsepower and 491 pound-feet of torque between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. All those ponies go to the wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission tweaked to provide the fastest shifts on the race track.
Tipping the scales at 3,133 pounds, the sports car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, while top track speed is estimated at 192 mph. Vented disc brakes that measure 15 inches up front and 14 inches out back do the stopping.
Volkswagen Vision Gran Turismo Concept - Drivetrain/Specifications
|Type||3.0-liter twin-turbo VR6® TSI engine|
|Torque||491 pound-feet @ 4,000-6,000 rpm|
|Transmission||seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic|
|0 to 60 mph||3.5 seconds|
|Top speed||192 mph|
The BMW concept features the same aggressive design language as that of the Mercedes concept. It’s not as outlandish, but it’s definitely up there. The Bimmer Vision concept takes its cues from the recently released and completely insane M4. On top of being based on the sexy M4, the BMW Vision Concept also wears a bad-ass body kit and hosts a full 549 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque under its hood.
Needless to say, we needed to wipe the drool from our keyboards when we saw this one.
Gallery BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept
Mercedes built the Vision Gran Turismo as a concept car specially developed for Gran Turismo 6. It was unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and apparently it created quite a buzz in the automotive world.
The concept features an aggressive design language, with elements inspired by the 1952 300 SL racecar and an interior with F1 elements. It also gets a powerful AMG engine with 585 horsepower and an exhaust system with eight end pipes. No details were released on the engine output.
Volkswagen has never built a supercar, but the Germans came pretty close in 1997 with the W12 Nardo concept. Unfortunately, the Vision Gran Turismo won’t get its shot at being a full-size, real-life vehicle to sit pretty on auto show floors or set any speed records. However, we bet Gran Turimo enthusiasts will be quite happy with being able to hoon it around some of the world’s greatest track.
- Brutal design with advanced aerodynamics
- Compelling power
- Volkswagen DNA
- You can drive it from your couch
- Not even a real concept
- You won’t see it in real life
At the annual GTI festival at Wörthersee, Austria, from May 28 to 31, Volkswagen will erase the boundaries between the virtual and real worlds. That is because the GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo is a Golf GTI show car that was originally created as a purely electronic CGI entity for the Sony PlayStation®3 classic "Gran Turismo 6" ("GT6"). The two-seat convertible is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbocharged TSI® engine that produces 503 horsepower and a mighty 413 pound-feet of torque between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm; from just 2,000 revs, 369 lb-ft of that torque is available. The power of the TSI engine is transferred to the 20-inch wheel-and-tire combination via a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission and a 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. The lightweight, 3133-pound sportscar sprints from 0 to 60 mph in an estimated 3.5 seconds and goes onto a top track speed of 192 mph.
Volkswagen and Sony. The GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo is the result of cooperation between Volkswagen and Sony Computer Entertainment. Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design at Volkswagen remarks: "When Sony asked us if we would develop a Vision GTI vehicle exclusively for the game to mark the 15th anniversary of Gran Turismo we didn’t hesitate for a moment." An in-house competition was immediately launched and young Volkswagen designers submitted their designs. The submissions were judged by Bischoff and none other than Kazunori Yamauchi, Director of Polyphony Digital and Vice-President of Sony Computer Entertainment—and the inventor of the "Gran Turismo series".
Yamauchi is a GTI fan. The Japanese executive has his own stable of sports cars that includes a Golf GTI, the iconic sporty compact. Bischoff and Yamauchi finally chose two designs, which were then developed further. Designers Malte Hammerbeck and Domen Rucigaj were in charge of developing the exterior, whilst Guillermo Mignot was responsible for the interior. The entire development process was realized on the computer and even the 3D model of the vehicle was virtual.
Together, the three colleagues formed a sort of "Vision GTI-GT6 task force", working with other designers. Just a few weeks later, their GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo was ready. Sony and Volkswagen unveiled the version for the virtual world of PlayStation®3 on 26 May and three days later, Volkswagen unveiled the real GTI Roadster at the GTI festival in Reifnitz, Austria as a tribute to fans of the Golf GTI and of "GT6". From mid-June, "GT6" players will be able to download the GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo for PS3.
Most spectacular GTI ever. Since Volkswagen designers gave their imagination free rein in designing the "GTI Roadster" for the "GT6" game—and were able to overlook production constraints like price and production feasibility—the resulting car is certainly the most spectacular Golf GTI ever. Klaus Bischoff: "The Vision GT project offered a wonderful opportunity to sketch out extreme ideas and design elements of the GTI that are portrayed as vibrantly, dynamically and emotionally as possible. Further development of an unmistakable design and a love for detail reflect the high standards shared by the Volkswagen GTI and the ’Gran Turismo’ by Sony PlayStation® product brands.”
In designing the GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo, Volkswagen revolutionized the visual concept of the Design Vision GTI concept car that was presented at Wörthersee in 2013. It was further developed, reinvented and sent into the future as a roadster, although there is still a link to the earlier car since Volkswagen used the Design Vision GTI to show how a race version of the Golf GTI might look. Like the Design Vision GTI, the roadster keeps the principles of Volkswagen’s Design DNA and also incorporates the wild C-posts and side skirts, but expressed to a whole new level.
Both concept cars show the potential of Volkswagen’s Design DNA, and that the GTI will be around for a long time to come. The goal of the GTI Roadster was to push the Design Vision GTI concept to even greater extremes. The 98.2-inch wheelbase of the Roadster is significantly shorter than that of the production GTI and the "Design Vision GTI". With its minimal overhangs, low, 42.9-inch height, and 74.6-inch width, the 163.7-inch-long Roadster has jaw dropping proportions.
Exterior design—the GTI as a roadster
The design of the GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo launches the original GTI and its seven evolutionary stages far into the future. The visual image of the visionary two-seater already promises a direct, visceral driving experience. The driver sits in the monocoque and races around the tracks of the GT6 world from the height and perspective of a formula race car.
The roadster body was aerodynamically optimized, with the most prominent visual feature being the large rear wing. This creates plenty of downforce that aids traction, along with the all-wheel-drive system. Ahead of the wing, the C-pillars—which are a defining design element of the Design Vision GTI, extending into the roof—form a roll-over bar. The rear spoiler gives the appearance of a wing hovering behind the roadster.
The GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo sports a radiant, intensive red metallic color, a new interpretation of the classic Golf GTI "Tornado Red". Designers gave the name "Gran Turismo Red" to the new color. Malte Hammerbeck says: "We were looking for a very provocative and aggressive red. The car should look fast, even when it is standing still, and the paint should emphasize its surface contours." All bolt-on parts are designed in matt carbon as an accent that complements the high-gloss red of the body. Only the radiator grille and the screen over the engine compartment vent are finished in high-gloss black.
The doors swivel up and forward, visually splitting a prominent character line into an upper and lower half. The contours of the doors are also very distinctive, because they are framed by the side skirts (trimmed with the "Gran Turismo" badge at the rear), the C-pillar and the heavily flared wheelarches. A small but exclusive detail on the sides is the illuminated GTI badge that is integrated in the "tornado" line. On the upper door section, the side window forms a line that rises forward with the low-profile windscreen, like a speedboat’s.
The 20-inch Golf GTI centerlock aluminum-alloy wheels have body-color elements and are 8.5J wide at the front and 9.5J at the back, with 235/35 ZR20 front and 275/30 ZR20 tires. The brakes are suitably large to cope with the car’s performance: 15.0 inches in diameter at the front and 14.0 inches at the rear.
Front end design: Viewed directly from the front, the roadster looks like a Golf GTI—except, one from the future. The GTI front end has a three-dimensional design with bumper elements that appear to hover and a splitter that is designed to increase downforce at the front end. Classic Golf GTI design elements such as the prominent VW badge, the red radiator cross strip, and GTI logo are offset by dual LED headlights and LED daytime running lights that have an unmistakable light signature. On the race courses of the GT6 world, this unmistakable and charismatic front-end will cause some uneasiness when competitors see it approaching in their digital rear-view mirrors. The closer the GTI approaches, the more noticeable is its wedge-shaped air scoop on the hood.
Sculpted rear section. Viewed from the rear, the carbon blades at the front continue uninterrupted across the side skirts and into the rear section as a wrap-around element. At the rear, they serve as aerodynamically optimized air ducts. The rear diffuser is highlighted by metal slats and two low-slung rear lights. The trapezoidal dual exhaust tailpipes (with GTI badge) are positioned in the middle of the car above the diffuser. Adding to the layered look at the back are the narrow three-dimensional lights and the spoiler above it.
The driver and passenger sit in a dual carbonfiber monocoque. The two sides are partitioned by an open bar that ascends from rear to front, with a fire extinguisher beneath it. The GTI Roadster is equipped with two race-style buckets, placed low. The seats and the four-spoke grip steering wheel are covered with Alcantara. Another motorsport-style feature is the cockpit display mounted directly to the steering column, far ahead of the driver. The steering wheel is mounted on a very long, exposed steering column, which is typical of a race car, too. Designers located the red, illuminated rotary light switch and shift paddles to the left and right of the steering wheel’s central axis, so the driver never has to move his or her hand off the wheel.
The interior and exterior materials and colors were intentionally differentiated: the typical GTI red is used for some interior accents, such as the five-point safety belts, contrasting stitching on the seats, the door handles and the steering-wheel controls on the steering wheel, but the rest of the color selections were reduced to "Black" and "Anthracite". Inside the GTI Roadster, most decorative elements were omitted in favor of an uncompromising motorsport look so that the driver can focus exclusively on both the real and virtual race track.