Having released a pair of teaser images a short while ago, Mercedes-Benz has now fully revealed the Vision Gran Turismo concept car it's designed specifically to celebrate 15 years of the GT franchise.
Officially branded the "Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo", this new design study will make its public debut at the opening of Mercedes' new Research and Development Centre in California on November 19th, and – according to the official press release – will allegedly be available to all Gran Turismo 6 players when the game goes on sale this December.
Whilst sporting several design cues that reference over half a century of high performance Mercedes road cars – the long bonnet, gullwing doors, distinctive front grille and compact cockpit all hark back to the iconic 300SL from the 1950s, for instance – the AMG Vision GT is a thoroughly modern car from a technological perspective: the bodywork is crafted sculpted entirely out of aluminium, the chassis makes great use of carbon composites in its construction, the bulging wheel arches that contrast with the low-slung profile are in part down to the gargantuan wheels and tyres, and this 1,385kg fictional super sports car is powered by AMG's latest 5.5 litre, 585 horse power twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
The AMG Vision GT is also an advanced piece of kit design-wise, courtesy of the egg crate style exhaust pipe layout in the rear bumper, the active aerodynamics in the form of a retractable rear spoiler and banks of LED lights highlighting the 'diamond cut' front grille design that made its debut on the latest Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback.
Topping the announcement off is the claim the AMG Vision GT's combination of high power and a low curb weight "guarantees exceptionally dynamic performance". So, if anyone here was disappointed by the GT by Citroen Concept's tendency to understeer in Gran Turismo 5, the AMG Vision GT might just be the perfect antidote if you're desperate for an extravagantly-styled concept car with oodles of performance that's decent to drive out on the virtual track…
So, now we we have a reference point for what to expect from the Vision Gran Turismo cars, are you looking forward to finding out what the remaining 18 are? Or are you generally uninterested in the project altogether? And what do you make of the Mercedes-Benz AMG concept? Do let us know in the comments section below and in our Forums.