Back in 2014, to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Gran Turismo game. Polyphony the company behind the game franchise invited car manufacturers around the world to design something wild and innovative to show where the next chapter of the automobile may possibly go and be featured in the game as a free update as a thank you gift to all the fans. The project is called “Vision Gran Turismo.” The rule is very simple: be creative as you can both on the design and performance specs.
The first manufacturer to kickoff the special project is an entry by Mercedes of a gullwing supercar that packs a biturbo V8 good for 577hp mated to a specially tuned 7 speed DCT transmission, with a lightweight spaceframe chassis wrapped in an elegant, aluminum body. The car is called the Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo.
It doesn’t have the wildest performance spec compare to other concepts in the VGT series with power with spec from the pages of science fiction. Design too is more restrained compare to others with most feature angular and aggressive body with giant wing protruding from the back. The design of the AMG VGT is sleek and curvy with spoiler that retracts when not in use.
And that’s why I love it, it's great to see all the crazy designs when the manufacturers are allowed to have their minds set free. But at the same time, there’s nothing wrong seeing one with a simple design once in a while, it looks closer to being an actual production car. Mercedes' objective was to have the element of purity in mind, a design that look towards the future while paying respect to the past with the shape mimic the iconic 300 SL Gullwing with the liquid silver paint inspired by the legendary “Silver Arrows” racecars from the pre-war era.
The Mercedes AMG VGT is not only special for kicking off the game franchise’s special project and a star in the digital world, it's also a star on the silver screen being Bruce Wayne’s new ride in the DC movie Justice League. None of the other cars for the game can claim that credential.