Back in 2013, BMW offered the first glimpse of the Vision Gran Turismo Concept for the Gran Turismo 6 video game. Today, BMW officially unveiled the Vision Gran Turismo Concept and as many of you already know, it is believed to preview the upcoming M2. Clearly inspired by the M235i Coupe, the BMW Vision Gran Turismo is quite impressive and comes with an aggressive body kit that transforms the coupe into a beast of the track.
As you can see from the photos, the Vision Gran Turismo features large front and rear spoiler that ensure optimum downforce, wile the air conduction elements reduce the drag. The design is completed by the paint finish in BMW M colours.
According Karim Habib a.k.a. Head of Design BMW Automobiles, the new Vision Gran Turismo shows the pure BMW sportiness and dynamics. Under the hood, there is the 3.0-liter six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers 549 hp (404 kW) and 680 Nm of torque.
The engine is bolted to a sequential six-speed transmission, operated by gearshift paddles on the steering wheel. As expected, power is delivered to the rear wheels.
Thanks to the use of carbon fiber, the Vision Gran Turismo has a total weight of just 1,180 kilograms and includes perfect 50:50 axle load distribution.
If you want to drive the Vision Gran Turismo and don’t have a PlayStation 3, you can visit the BMW Welt in Much where you can take the concept to the virtual track within the BMW M exhibition.
The touring cars BMW released during the 1970s have been very successful. In line with this tradition, the design team at BMW made a road racer for this modern era that is truly uncompromising. A dynamic profile and its crisp proportions give the BMW Vision Gran Turismo the look of speed even if it is not moving. Spoilers positioned on the front and the rear make sure that the down-force is optimized.
All of the vehicle’s air conduction elements help lower the drag and by using carbon fiber, it also reduces the total weight. The paint finish of the M colors outlines the airstream flow and brings to mind the success of BMW Motorsports. According to Karim Habib, who is the Head of Design at BMW Automobiles, the BMW Vision Gran Turismo is a genuine BMW when it comes to dynamics and sportiness.
This driving machine is truly precise, he added, and have been both engineered and designed not only to race but to win. In order to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the game last year, Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi, who is also Polyphony Digital Inc.’s President, invited many of the world’s top automobile manufacturers to help with this highly successful game series.
Design departments were asked to view the future and share many of their innovative concept models with the whole gaming community. Vice President for Brand Communication of BMW, BMW i, BMW M, Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, the development of the Vision Gran Turismo reveals the signature BMW design mixed in with the brand’s many years of experience in motorsports.
This race car not only projects future racing, he continued, but gives gaming fans even more experience on the racing quality offered by the brand. Beginning Thursday, visitors to the BMW Welt, which is based in Munich, will get to see Vision Gran Turismo on the BMW M exhibition.
Visitors can even get the chance to try this model on the virtual track. In addition to PlayStation3 gaming stations, the brand will also be offering a dedicated racing seat. By putting in a specially-designed three-screen display, visitors are sure to have a totally immersive experience, which is likely the closest one can get to driving the car in the real world.