Enough with the teasers, GT by Citroen unveiled in Paris

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2008

We have one reason to be very happy today! Why? Because it's the 2008 Paris Motor Show and all the teaser campaigns are finished now! Citroen finally unveiled its GT Concept and we are speechless! Called GTbyCitroen, , the new concept is a style replica of a vehicle taken from the digital world.

The new vehicle was born from the partnership between Citroen and Poliphony, known as the designer of the driving simulation game Gran Turismo 5 on Playstation 3. The GTbyCitroen features in the game an electric drive train which is powered by a fuel cell capable to provide zero emissions. 

Now let's get in! First of all in order to enter the vehicle you have to use the gullwing opening of the two doors. The interior was designed just for two adults, no kids, no dogs, no grandma, no nothing and features two sport buckets dressed in black leather, each fitted with a four-point seat belt!

The layout of the low driving position was created in order to improve the driving pleasure allowing the driver to concentrate only at the road. Also, to improve the driver's concentration on the road, with the help of red LEDs, a system projects information such as speed and navigation data on the windscreen, exactly on the driver's direct line of vision. Now that's a user friendly car!

The car comes with the optimal aerodynamic design! The front end features wide air intakes and horizontal headlamps, fitted with blue LEDs, while the carbon rearview mirrors appear to be suspended as if to cleave the air.

The large wraparound windscreen flows seamlessly into the roof and on into the rear mobile airfoil with its exaggeratedly long shape. Due to its dimensions of 4.960m in length, 2.080m in width and a height of 1.090m the concept expresses strength and power.

To provide a better stability the car uses enlarged air intakes at the front, a flat underside, a mobile spoiler and air diffuser at the rear. Also the diamond-effect 21-inch aluminium wheels improve the stability of the vehicle. 

Press Release


The amazing GTbyCITROËN is the first ever car to be specifically designed to bring the virtual and real worlds together. The car makes its global premiere at the Paris Motor Show where visitors can actually drive the car in a true to life simulator on the Citroën stand.

GTbyCITROËN, a joint venture between Citroën and the makers of Gran Turismo, was created for the eagerly anticipated 5th game in the multi-million selling Playstation series. At almost five metres long, GTbyCITROËN packs the latest hi-tech racing equipment into an exaggerated sporty frame.

Planted on 21-inch, diamond-effect, aluminium wheels, the car's gullwing doors, over-sized rear end with mobile spoiler, gaping air intakes and flat underside exude the qualities of an accomplished racer. With chrome chevrons on the smooth, aerodynamic, front end asserting the car's Citroën identity, the GTbyCITROËN is bursting with styling cues typical of the Company's creative flair.

The sharp lines and sculpted body are emphasised by the white-to-grey flared paint work which gives the car a forceful look and an impression of speed - even when it's standing still. The sleekly muscled racer sports a large wraparound windscreen adding to the impact of the car's size and dynamic appearance.

Penetrating blue LED headlamps and slim-line carbon fibre rear view mirrors - which appear to be suspended in mid-air - add to GTbyCITROËN's futuristic racing style. Premium materials used throughout GTbyCITROËN's hi-tech interior reflect the car's distinguished and refined personality.

In contrast to its light body work, the cabin features a darker, more brooding colour scheme with two padded racing seats finished in black leather and fitted with four point harnesses. The dark leather, along with copper and steel touches inside the cabin and a low-slung driving position, create an opulent and powerful racing environment.

Important on-board data is displayed via a red LED head-up display, allowing drivers to maintain focus on the track. In the game, the GTbyCITROËN showcases Citroën's dedication to the environment with an electric drive train powered by a fuel cell, totally eliminating pollutant emissions.

Kazanori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc and creator of Gran Turismo, commented, "GTbyCITROËN shows how the worlds of virtual and real-life motoring can join together to create a truly innovative partnership. To see the GTbyCITROËN take shape in our game studios and then for real has been a truly unique experience - as our work normally stays in the digital world."

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