Mercedes-Benz designers have today released details of a new concept car, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo! It has been built exclusively for the new PlayStation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 6 and to mark its 15th anniversary. It has been designed as a visionary concept for a super sports car, something that the Mercedes-Benz lineup has not included since the CLK GTR!
The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo will make its world premiere as a 1:1-scale model at the opening of the new Mercedes‑Benz Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, California on 19 November 2013. We then expect Mercedes-Benz to move it to the Los Angeles Motor Show to stand alongside the new Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Final Edition.
So what is the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo all about then? As you have probably already worked out, the concept is centred around styling. Mercedes describe the proportions as “extreme”, it gets a long bonnet with a compact greenhouse and broad arches. Motorsports cues include catches on the bonnet and the fuel cap. The radiator grille re-interprets the classic shape of the 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racing cars.
Inside, Mercedes-Benz have fitted red sports seats and they say that the dashboard has been designed with form lifted from the Gullwing doors. The central display is in the drivers eye line and the car features a racing steering wheel.
Naturally, AMG have fitted a front mid-mounted AMG V8 engine to the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo. Power stands at 585 hp and 800 Nm of torque. The chassis is an aluminium space frame and weight is kept down to 1,385 kg with a power to weight ratio of 2.4 kilograms per hp. The power is kept in check with a set of AMG ceramic high-performance composite brakes. Interestingly, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo features a sports exhaust system with eight tailpipes!