• 2020 Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo

This is what Lamborghini can think of when it’s not bound by real-world constraints

Just when you thought it was safe to call the recently unveiled Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo one of the edgiest VGT cars to come out of the video game racing program, a certain Italian automaker comes out and smacks you over the head with its own Vision Gran Turismo. This one comes from Lamborghini, and it’s called the V12 Vision Gran Turismo. For a company that’s known for designing some of the most aerodynamically outrageous cars in the world, the V12 Vision Gran Turismo makes all of those models look like doodles on a sketch pad. It doesn’t hurt that the V12 VGT carries the same powertrain as Lambo’s other recent madness-of-a-creation, the Sian FKP 37. Just like every other Vision Gran Turismo model that has come before, the Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo is not earmarked for real-world production. It will instead be available in Gran Turismo Sport for the PlayStation 4 in 2020.


  • Single-seater track car
  • Y-lighting fixtures
  • Designed with aerodynamics in mind
  • Only weighs 819 kilos
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It’s based largely on a fighter jet, including the front-opening cockpit

Sometimes, there are no words to describe a car. You just stare at it long enough for the car to make sense, and, on certain occasions, even that doesn’t do justice to what you’re looking at. The Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo is one of those cars. You can tell by how outrageous it looks that it’s a Lamborghini. But trying to put into words the actual car’s design is difficult, partly because you just don’t know where to begin.

Lamborghini design center director, Mitja Borkert, indicated that the V12 Vision Gran Turismo was designed with aerodynamics in mind. I suppose that’s one place we can start. The Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo is a futuristic-looking, single-seater track car with enough aerodynamic details to make a Formula One car jealous.

There is no actual hood on the V12 VGT; there’s just an elongated cockpit, massive fenders, and a large split-wing that houses an equally large Y-shaped taillight.

Speaking of the taillights, the front end of the V12 VGT also comes with the same lighting configuration. These lights are the closest components that you’ll see in an actual Lamborghini. Everything else is straight out of the imagination of Lamborghini’s designers and engineers. Even the diffuser is completely unconventional, even for Lamborghini’s standards.

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With Y-shaped lighting in the front

Somewhere in that long cockpit there’s a door. It’s unclear where the door is, but Lamborghini says that access to the cabin is in the front, which means that the cockpit opens from the front similar to a fighter jet.

The fighter jet-like design is also a product of some serious weight loss. According to Lambo, the V12 VGT weighs only 819 kilos (1,805 pounds).

With the kind of powertrain setup it’s carrying, the V12 VGT is the rare exotic that’s within reach of the unicorn-like one-to-one, power-to-weight ratio performance cred.

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The Lamborghini V12 VGT is perhaps the craziest-looking Lamborghini that we’ve seen in a while. That’s saying something considering some of Lambo’s other recent releases. Unlike those models, though, the V12 VGT has the benefit of being a video game car. You can’t cheat physics in the real world, but you can certainly take liberties with it in the virtual one.


  • Single-seater, jet fighter-inspired cabin
  • Futuristic steering wheel with all sorts of controls
  • Holographic projector showing driver information
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Hence the central seating position and holographic HUD
Since the Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo is a single-seater racer, there’s not much in the way of creature comforts inside the racer’s cabin.

If you’re looking for the typical Lamborghini interior, the V12 VGT doesn’t have that for you.

But what it lacks in the finer things, the V12 VGT makes up for with the kind of state-of-the-art technology that belongs in the world of Gran Turismo Sport.

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The interior is also based on the fighter jet

The single sports seat is located right smack in the middle of the car. Just in front of the seat is a futuristic-looking steering wheel that houses a plethora of controls and at least one small screen in the middle of the wheel. There is a number of controls integrated into the wheel, though Lamborghini didn’t exactly elaborate on what functions these buttons have. We do see a pair of paddle shifters on opposite ends of the wheel and the small screen in the middle of the steering wheel displays important driving information for the driver.

But that’s nothing compared to the crystal-like holographic projector sitting on and in front of the dashboard.

That projector is responsible for showing more driving information right in front of the driver.
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The steering wheel is even unique in its design

Space isn’t a priority in the cabin of the V12 VGT. It’s not a particularly spacious vehicle, but it doesn’t have to be. Given its purpose and function as a race car, the V12 Vision Gran Turismo makes up for its lack of space with an interior that doesn’t lack in tech upgrades.


  • 6.5-liter V-12 engine and 48-volt mild-hybrid system
  • Over 800 horsepower and over 600 pound-feet of torque
  • Close to one-to-one power-to-weight ratio
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The Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo draws its power from the same hybridized V-12 powertrain that Lamborghini created for the Sian FKP 37, Lambo’s first mass-produced hybrid supercar.

The Sian FKP 37 is powered by a 6.5-liter V-12 engine and a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that combine to produce a staggering 808 horsepower. On its own, the V-12 engine cranks out 774 horsepower, making it the most powerful version of Lamborghini’s iconic V-12 engine. It produces 15 more horsepower than the Lamborghini SVJ and 34 more horsepower than the Aventador S. Throw in the 34 horsepower provided by the 48-volt system and you’re looking at a total output of 808 horsepower to go with torque figures that should easily exceed 600 pound-feet of torque.

2020 Lamborghini Sian specifications
Engine V12, 60°, MPI (Multi Point Injection)
Displacement 6,498 cm³ (396.5 cu in)
Bore x Stroke 95 mm x 76.4 mm (3.74 x 3.01 in)
Compression ratio 11.8 ± 0.2
Max power 774 hp @ 8,500 rpm
Max torque 720 Nm @ 6,750 rpm + 40 Nm electric
Electric motor
Operating tension 48V
Max operating current 600A
Max Power 34 HP
Max Torque 38 Nm
Combined power 808 hp
Weight to power ratio <1,98 kg/CV
Transmission Electronically controlled all-wheel drive system (Haldex gen. IV) with rear mechanical self-locking differential
Gearbox ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) gearbox with 7 speeds, shifting characteristic depending on drive select mode, electric motor works during the shifting and as boost
Top Speed >350 km/h (217 mph)
0 to 62 mph <2,8 s

It’s unclear if the Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo’s version of the hybrid powertrain packs the same amount of power. Lamborghini didn’t dive into those details so it’s reasonable to expect that the V12 VGT could have more power at its disposal. For now, let’s stick to that 808-horsepower output and use it as a baseline figure to determine the kind of performance that the V12 VGT is capable of. Lamborghini did say that all things considered, the V12 VGT weighs only 819 kilos (1,805 pounds). That puts the concept racer in the territory of a one-to-one (power-to-weight ratio) racer, and if you get a chance to sit behind the futuristic steering wheel of the V12 VGT, you should be able to cover a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in the car in less than three seconds. I’d like to think that the V12 VGT has a top speed in the range of 217 mph like the Sian, but remember, that top speed is electronically limited in the case of the real-world, limited-edition supercar.

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0-60 mph could come in less than 3 seconds

There are no such regulations in Gran Turismo Sport that compels Lamborghini to cap the V12 VGT’s top speed. So, let your imagination go crazy on that one. After all, the Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo looks like a car that’s coming straight out of someone’s imagination.

Final Thoughts

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It represents an exercise in extreme aerodynamics

The Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo is the product of imagination-gone-wild combined with the limitless possibilities provided by a world that technically doesn’t exist. There will always be excitement and buzz surrounding these Vision Gran Turismo cars and when you have a company like Lamborghini that creates excitement and buzz like no other, there’s always the potential for something like this to come out of it.

I’m excited to see what the V12 VGT can do in the world of Gran Turismo Sport. I’m excited to see what it’s capable of when you line it up against other Vision Gran Turismo vehicles, including the Jaguar VGT that the British automaker unveiled earlier this month. There are a lot of exciting races to be had when these cars become available in the video game. That part I’m excited about. Even better, Lamborghini said that there are still some improvements that are in the pipeline before the final version arrives in Gran Turismo Sport next year. I can’t wait to see what the final version is going to be like; maybe it even has a new name because “V12 Vision Gran Turismo” is probably the most un-Lambo-like name in the world.

Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
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