• 2017 Honda Vision Gran Turismo Concept

    2017 Honda Vision Gran Turismo Concept
  • 1,981 pounds
  • Carbon fiber body
  • Front lip spoiler
  • Side skirts
  • Sports bucket seats
  • Seal belt harnesses
  • Carbon fiber trim
  • 0-liter DOHC-VTEC four-cylinder engine
  • 403 horsepower
  • Eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, RWD
  • 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds; 180 mph top speed (speculative)

It’s the baby NSX! Oh, wait, no it’s not...

The rumor mills we’re churning, anticipation was building, everything was falling into place. Word of Honda’s plan to build a “baby NSX” reached fever pitch when patent images, spy photos, and teasers found their way to the surface. Would it be possible for Honda to actually double-dip on the NSX nomenclature and introduce two versions of it? Well, we finally have our answer and it’s a “no.” What we do get instead is the Honda Vision Gran Turismo, a no less exciting concept that we can all enjoy… in the world of Gran Turismo Sport.

I honestly don’t know if I’m going to be thrilled or disappointed at this development. I suppose it’s a mixed bag of both, though like everyone else, I was genuinely over the moon at the thought of seeing a baby NSX hit the real world. Not only would it provide us with a new option to get our NSX fix, but as the supposed “baby” of the two, it would, in theory at least, be the far more affordable version than the current NSX that starts at $156,000. As awesome as it is, the NSX’s price tag has priced a lot of people out of buying one so the excitement surrounding a smaller and more affordable version was tantalizing. The good news is that the version that we did get - the Vision Gran Turismo - is a lot cheaper than what a baby NSX would’ve been priced. It comes free as part of Gran Turismo Sport so at worst, you’re only spending for a PlayStation 4 console and a copy of the game. That’s what, $400? Still, it would’ve been much better if all that teasing led to a baby NSX. That’s not the case this time, but there’s still hope for the future, right, Honda?

Continue after the jump to read more about the Honda Vision Gran Turismo

  • 2017 Honda Vision Gran Turismo Concept
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    403
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    180 mph
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:

Exterior

  • 1,981 pounds
  • Carbon-fiber body
  • Front lip spoiler
  • Side skirts
It’s a testament to the skill of these designers that the already dynamic look of the NSX looks tame in comparison to the VGT Concept.

It’s too bad that the Honda Vision Gran Turismo is what it is — a concept, nothing more — because if this is what the baby NSX would’ve looked like, there’d be a lot of jaws on the floor by now. That’s the because the Honda VGT Concept is, in a word, stunning. It does carry some design styling from the real NSX, particularly in the front where the overall layout is similar to the real-world supercar. The set-up of the headlights is similar in a way, though this one does feature a continuous design with the lights running along the front nose. The rectangular shape of the concept’s front grille is also different and the presence of a front lip spoiler adds a far sportier look to the concept. That in itself is a complement to Honda’s LA-based design studio, which is responsible for the styling of the VGT Concept. It’s a testament to the skill of these designers that the already dynamic look of the NSX looks tame in comparison to the VGT Concept.

My favorite section of the concept though is the side section. This is where you see the car’s overall shape and it is a beauty. It’s shorter in comparison to the actual NSX but the layered look of the concept is devastating to my bleeding heart. I specifically am in love with the overlapping, arrow-shaped curve that gives the Honda VGT Concept something of a Bugatti feel to it. The movement of the distinctive body line - cutting upwards as it stretches all the way to the rear - creates an illusion of strength and agility by smoothly bridging the emphasis of the car’s design from the front to the back without any unnecessary visual distractions.

2017 Honda Vision Gran Turismo Concept
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Carbon fiber body
The rear section of the concept is also a feast for the senses as every aspect of the concept’s design all come together in the back

The rear section of the concept is also a feast for the senses as every aspect of the concept’s design all come together in the back. The sloping roof, for example, settles easily at the back with a nice touch of overhang for good measure. The rear fenders are also positioned higher to the ground compared to the front ones in yet another show of visual strength for the concept.

All of it is just beautiful with a capital “B.” It does make me wonder though what could’ve been had this concept actually been for the baby NSX. Sigh…

Interior

  • Sports bucket seats
  • Seal belt harnesses
  • Leather surface
  • Carbon fiber trim
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Carbon fiber trim
The exterior design of the Honda VGT is a hard act to follow so it's unfortunate that the interior of the concept has to come after it

The exterior design of the Honda VGT is a hard act to follow so it’s unfortunate that the interior of the concept has to come after it. And if I’m being honest, I don’t know what to make of the interior because it looks really cluttered to the point of messy.

The layered look of the dashboard would’ve worked well if there was more space for the design to breath. But seeing as the two-seater configuration of concept already is lacking in space, the layers end up looking more like clutter. I will give credit to Honda for the minimalist approach on the center console. There are only a few buttons, switches, and knobs on the whole thing and they’re arranged together cleanly. I am confused though about that thing on top of the hazard button. Is that digital display, and if so, why’s it so small? As for the seats, it’s hard to imagine the VGT Concept using anything other than sports buckets and harness seat belts given its presentation.

All together, I’m not as in love with the interior of the Honda GVT as I am with its exterior. It’s still well put-together given the circumstances, but there really is no beating that exterior design. None whatsoever.

Drivetrain

  • 2.0-liter DOHC-VTEC four-cylinder engine
  • 403 horsepower
  • rear-wheel drive
  • eight-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds (speculative)
  • 180-mph top speed (speculative)
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1,981 pounds
The VGT Concept is powered by a a 2.0-liter DOHC-VTEC four-cylinder engine that produces a very impressive 403 horsepower

The Honda VGT Concept is a traditional sports car, at least if it turned into a production car. What I mean by "traditional" is that there are no hybrid elements to it. No electric motors. No battery packs powering the motors. None of that. What it does have is a 2.0-liter DOHC-VTEC four-cylinder engine that produces a very impressive 403 horsepower. There’s no mention of any performance times, but the car does feature an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends all of that power — all 403 of it — to the rear wheels.

Indulge me for a second here. Close your eyes for a few second and imagine a 403-horsepower Honda sports car with that kind of design.

Are you back, and more importantly, are those tears coming out of your eyes?

Conclusion

2017 Honda Vision Gran Turismo Concept
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Eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, RWD

I don’t think that I need to elaborate on this any further than I already have, right? I love the Honda Vision Gran Turismo Concept. It vaults straight into my personal top five among all VGT concepts that have been released since this whole exercise started in 2014. I’ve seen plenty of them, but only a few have captivated me quite like the Honda VGT. So yes, I’m devastated that this didn’t turn out to be the baby NSX, and while I do get to drive this car in Gran Turismo Sport, nothing’s going to make up for seeing this on the road.

A real road.

  • Leave it
    • * A little too much happening in the interior
    • * Not a real car
    • * *Sobs*

References

Acura NSX

2016 Acura NSX
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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura NSX.

2019 Baby Acura NSX Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Acura Baby NSX.

Source: Gran Turismo VGT

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