Mercedes-Benz's latest concept car is an absolute stunner — but you won't get to drive it on a real-life road.
Meet the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo — a car that's unlikely to ever feel the road beneath its rubber. Like the name suggests, the car has been designed for one purpose: appearing in Polyphony Digital's PlayStation 3 exclusive, Gran Turismo 6.
Although the concept car has been created for inclusion in a fictional product, Mercedes-Benz hasn't slouched on the design: every step of the way, the manufacturer has gone out of its way to build a car that could work in the real world. A 1:1 scale model of the car has even been built — debuting at the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz research and development centre in California.
"The sports car proportions that are a typical Mercedes-Benz feature have been reinterpreted: the long bonnet has a flowing transition into a compact greenhouse offset to the rear, which takes the form of an aerodynamically efficient water drop to descend slightly at the rear, where it rests on the rear end with broad shoulder contours," Mercedes-Benz wrote on its website. "The dynamic aura is accentuated by an extended, dramatic side contour and a pronounced bulge to the wheel arches, which blend into the low-slung, muscular bodyshell. The angled headlamps, with their colour scheme and determined look, convey a sense of sportiness and readiness to leap forward."
Once you get inside the car (in the game, of course), you'll see a central display floating above the steering wheel right in the driver's field of vision, displaying road speed, engine speed and operating temperature. The car is operated by rocker switches in the centre of the dash and in an overhead console, similar to a jet's cockpit.
The radiator grille on the front is designed to catch the eye, studded with LEDs that flash a variable pattern with the Mercedes-Benz star in the centre. But it's not all about how pretty the car looks, either. Under the hood is a 430 kilowatt (585 horse power) V8 engine with a maximum torque of 800 Newton metres, and its body is constructed of aluminium space frame with carbon fibre components, weighing the car in at 1385 kilograms — around 2.4 kilograms per hp. The high-composite braking system is constructed of ceramic, and the exhaust system incorporates eight tailpipes.
This feeds into the final detail that makes the car seem spectacular: the sound. Mercedes-Benz's sound specialists have created a powerful exhaust note that is designed to pay tribute to the V8.
Gran Turismo 6 will see a worldwide release on 6 December. We're looking forward to getting our hands on the wheel.