There was a special Mercedes-Benz concept car on display at Bruce McCall’s Motorworks Revival this year, held as usual, at the Monterey Jet Center on Wednesday evening of Monterey’s ‘Car Week’.
The AMG Vision Gran Tourismo is a ‘virtual super car’ designed for the release of the video game, Gran Tourismo 6. According to Mercedes-Benz the car “Embodies the brand’s defining design philosophy of sensual purity in a unique way. The design of this concept car reflects to extreme effect the perfect symbiosis between emotional, sensuous contours and intelligently presented high tech. Responsible for the design was a team made up of designers from Mercedes styling studios in Sindelfingen, Germany as well as in Como, Italy and Carlsbad, California, and led by the automaker’s design chief Gordon Wagener. Wagener’s team, debuted in 2013 at the Los Angeles auto show as a full-scale model.”
Mercedes goes on to explain further… “The car was designed as a virtual supercar for Son’y Gran Tourismo 6 racing simulation for Playstation 3 at the request of the game’s creator, Kazunori Yamauchi. The new Vision Concept features a design language never seen on a Mercedes model, as pretty much every design element has been reinterpreted. There is a long bonnet up front, while the rear takes the form of an aerodynamically efficient water drop. When viewed from the side you will notice dramatically shaped lines and a pronounced bulge to the wheel arches and a muscular body-shell. The interior was inspired by the racing world; there is a cockpit inspired by the Formula 1 cars, red integral sports seats that blend into the black flooring of the foot well to form a protective shell. The Gran Tourismo Concept is powered by an AMG-sourced, V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 585 horsepower and 590 ft-lbs. of torque. An incredible engine sound is ensured by an AMG sports exhaust system with eight tailpipes integrated into the rear end, while AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system will ensure the best stopping capacities.”
It’s hard to know if anything will come of the Vision Gran Tourismo, more than likely it will be shelved as an interesting styling design exercise for the international design team working under Gordon Wagener. Styling cues of future cars often spring from such exercises, so while this car will probably never go into production, watch for lines and motifs from this car to show up in future designs from Mercedes-Benz.