Infiniti has presented at 2015 Shanghai Auto Show real-world Vision Gran Turismo model with 4.5-litre V8 petrol-electric hybrid system.
5/19/15 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
Are you a fan of Gran Turismo series and GT 6 in particular?
If yes, we do have awesome news for you (or even if not, this article is still worth reading).
Infiniti (luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Nissan) has created 100% identical real world Vision GT model that provides vision of how next-gen Infiniti models could look like in the future.
The Infiniti Vision GT made its debut last year (virtually), but the real-world model has been presented only at 2015 Shanghai Auto Show.
Brand-new model has 4.5-litre V8 petrol-electric hybrid system powering the rear wheels and features an aggressive front fascia with a prominent grille that is flanked by slender headlights and sporty air intakes. Moving further back, there's sporty side skirts, carbon fiber trim and massive alloy wheels. Not bad, huh?
According to the game makers, the Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo’s electric motor delivers “overwhelming torque” in low-speed situations while at higher speeds, the V8 engine teams “immense power”.
Interesting fact about the concept
The Infiniti Vision GT concept was developed as part of Gran Turismo’s Vision challenge, which celebrates the popular video game’s 15th anniversary. The challenge was set by the game’s creator Kazunori Yamauchi who asked design studios from all across the globe to come up with the perfect car for the game.
The concept car began as a design competition among Infiniti’s global design studios, with the team in Beijing winning in the end. Infiniti says there are a number of Chinese influences in the design, such as the fluid movement and the delicate gradation of the body, said to have been inspired by traditional Chinese calligraphy and landscape paintings.
“Infiniti’s concept is in the form of a front mid-engine supercar, with the proportions and some of the design elements similar to those on parent company Nissan's own concept designed for Gran Turismo. However, this is not simply some wild flight of fancy as it’s a vision of what a high-performance Infiniti could look like in the future” - says Liu Zheming, designer at the Infiniti Design Center in Beijing.
Some people say that the Infiniti Vision GT will never go into production for it was designed as part of the Vision Gran Turismo project, but we do have completely another opinion.
Recall that prior to quitting the top post at Infiniti, Johan de Nysschen said the automaker was looking at two new luxurious models, a sleek four-door coupe and a more sports-oriented model with only two doors. The Q80 Inspiration concept clearly hints at the four-door coupe, and perhaps the new Concept Vision Gran Turismo hints at the sporty model.
Sounds pretty good, isn’t it?
Well, let’s hope it’ll be this way.