Zagato’s Vision Gran Turismo Concept Looks All Sorts Of Sexy
It could potentially join the short list of the best Vision Gran Turismo Concepts in historyby Kirby, on
Ever since the Vision Gran Turismo exercise sprung to life in 2013, automakers from all over the world have taken full advantage of the opportunity to showcase their imaginations on designing revolutionary cars for Sony’s Gran Turismo video racing game franchise. We’ve seen, quite literally, 30 or more cars with the Vision Gran Turismo label, each one seemingly more audacious than the one before it. Suffice it to say; it’s been an overwhelmingly successful exercise for all parties concerned, including the latest automaker to join in on the fun: Zagato. The Italian design house will be in debuting its first stab at a VGT concept, and as far as teasers go, it’s already showing off quite a handful of jaw-dropping bits.
The concept is officially called the Zagato IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo Concept and, as the name implies, it’s essentially a homage to the Iso Rivolta, a sports car that was in production in the 60’s. It’s still unclear how Zagato managed to pay tribute to the old Rivolta with the concept seeing as the car is only showing a glimpse of its body. But, as far as teasing goes, this slight pulling up of the skirt reveals way more than we could have hoped. Those bulging wheel arches, in particular, not only look daunting, but they extend seamlessly straight into the front bumper on one side and into the body on the other. Harder to see from this angle is the front section of the car, though we do get to see a sharp nose, thin headlights, and a small canard just in front of wheels. The full reveal of the Zagato IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo Concept takes place on October 18, giving us five weeks to speculate on what kind of sexy piece of machinery is hiding underneath that cover.
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The best Vision Gran Turismo concepts
Being around for the last four years has given us a pretty long list of Vision Gran Turismo concepts that picking the best of the best is a difficult exercise in it of itself. But we did it anyway, and we managed to pick five concepts that we think stands out over the others. Some of these concepts come from established automakers while some come from design houses similar to that of Zagato.
We also tried to be as diverse with our selections and the results, well, you can check them out below.
One of the more VGT concepts to be released is this yellow beauty. It was only unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, and yet, we already consider it one of the best VGT concepts we’ve seen.
Engine notwithstanding, the EF7 was designed using predatory sharks as inspiration
The EFZ is, for all intents and purposes, a GT track racer that looks the part of one, even if it’s still unclear what kind of powertrain it has to power it. Engine notwithstanding, the EF7 was designed using predatory sharks as inspiration. Certain styling elements do that justice, including the steel body lines on the sides, the presence of a massive rear wing, and the decidedly staunch profile. It’s a compact brutish car that fits into what Former F1 champ Emerson Fittipaldi envisioned when he brought in Pininfarina to bring this project to life. It’s also worth noting that unlike most VGT concepts, Fittipaldi actually has plans to bring the EF7 VGT Concept to life, including a stated goal of building 39 models, one for each race the driver won in both Indycar and Formula One.
Read our full review on the Pininfarini Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo Concept.
Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo Concept
One of the first Vision Gran Turismo concepts to hit the scene, the Mercedes-Benz VGT was special for a lot of reasons, one of which was the way it was presented by the Silver Arrows. It’s hard to look at the concept without seeing elements from the 1952 300 SL race car, the same classic machinery from which it was inspired from. The concept was also one of the first Mercedes cars to feature the now unmistakable dotted front grille that some of today’s Merc models sport. Outside of its aesthetics, the Mercedes VGT also featured an AMG-sourced, V-8 biturbo engine that produced a total of 585 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The numbers may not seem impressive on the surface, but when combined with a total weight of just 1385 kilos (3053 pounds), the car’s power-to weight ratio converts to an incredible 2.4 kilograms per horsepower, which at that time would’ve have been the best in the super sports car segment.
Most importantly though, the Mercedes VGT, by virtue of being one of the first Vision Gran Turismo concepts to be released, set the bar for future concepts of its kind. That distinction alone gives it a spot on this list.
Read our full review on the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo Concept.
Futuristic race cars. Go through the list of Vision Gran Turismo concepts that have been released and one of the common themes you’ll see is the prevalence of these types of cars. Automakers like Mazda (the LM55 VGT), Toyota (the FT-1 VGT), and Chevrolet (the Chaparral 2X VGT) used the same peg in creating their concept offerings. The best of that lot though came from Hyundai, which it called the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo Concept.
One look at the N 2025 VGT and you can immediately picture it terrorizing the 2025 24 Hours of Le Mans
Let’s get the obvious parts of the concept out of the way. One look at the N 2025 VGT and you can immediately picture it terrorizing the 2025 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s design has everything an LMP1 class race car should have. That includes the massive wheel arches housing lightweight wheels, a pointy nose with radical aerodynamic features, fender-mounted side mirrors, an aviation-inspired canopy, and a massive fin that extends from the cabin all the way back to the rear fascia. On the performance end, Hyundai described the N 2025 as a concept that features “the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell system,.” It didn’t explain beyond that though it did add that the car has an incredible 871 horsepower at its disposal. Of those 871 ponies, 670 comes by way of the aforementioned fuel cell stacks while the extra 201 horses are from a super capacitor system.
Finally, the N 2025 VGT also played an important role in introducing Hyundai’s N division back in 2015. It may be an insignificant detail now, but back in 2015, it opened the door of expectations for Hyundai’s performance sub-brand.
Read our full review on the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo Concept.
No surprise here. The Bugatti Chiron VGT holds the distinction of being one of the few models of its kind that actually has a production version in the form of the Chiron. Let’s be clear though because the Chiron VGT is a far different beast than its production counterpart. It may look similar, but consider it more like a Chiron on steroids. It’s dripping with aerodynamic components on just about every part of the car, right down to the smallest of details.
It may look similar, but consider it more like a Chiron on steroids
All that raciness may be a little overboard for most automakers, but it’s par for the course for Bugatti. It’s no wonder then that the concept itself doesn’t have a specific output like some of its contemporaries. Considering that the production version of the Chiron already packs 1,500 horsepower and has a top speed in excess of 261 mph, it’s all up to our imaginations to determine how powerful and how fast the VGT version is.
Read our full review on the Bugatti Chiron Vision Gran Turismo Concept.
The SRT “brand” may be dead, but the legacy of Dodge’s short-lived, stand-alone performance brand lives on in the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo Concept. Far be it for me to call the Tomahawk outrageous, but if there really is one word to describe it, that would be the one that I’d choose. The design is also an exercise in contradiction, though done to the extent where the whole thing looks preposterously outrageous. The wide stance, long-slung roof, massive air intakes, and all that infusion of active aerodynamic make for a car that might be more at home in a place like Tron.
The design is also an exercise in contradiction, though done to the extent where the whole thing looks preposterously outrageous
All that said, the best part of the Tomahawk VGT is that it was presented with different variants, each coming with unique power and performance figures. All versions do make use of a 7.0-liter V-10 engine with the “entry-level” S variant producing 1,007 horsepower and a top speed of 250 mph. Move to the “GTS-R” variant and the power goes up to as much as 1,450 horsepower with a pneumatic system in tow. This variant is good for a top speed of 300 mph. Then there’s the X variant, which really is science fiction more than anything else. It’s power output goes up to a staggering 2,590 horsepower, topping out at a top speed of 404 mph. Any car that requires a G-suit to prevent drivers from passing out due to its sheer speed and velocity deserves a spot on this list.
Read our full review on the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo.
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