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2018 BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo: BMW’s not-quite-a-wagon, rebooted

2018 BMW 6-Series Gran TurismoWith its 2018 6-Series Gran Turismo, BMW has rebooted its not-quite-a-sedan, not-quite-a-wagon five-door hatchback. It’s a model that was previously known as the 5-Series Gran Turismo, a tall hatchback that with above average room for humans and their cargo. While the outgoing 5-Series GT did so at the expensive of styling, the 6-Series GT appears…
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Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept is long, low, wide [w/video]

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Mercedes debuts the 1:1-scale model of the AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept, which will be a playable, virtual supercar in Sony's Gran Turismo 6.

After teasing it, unveiling it and giving us some details and a handful of photos over the weekend, Mercedes-Benz finally debuted the real AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept at the LA Auto Show today, though it’s a 1:1-scale model with no powertrain. The car was designed as a virtual supercar for Sony’s Gran Turismo 6 racing simulation for Playstation 3 at the request of the game’s creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the concept’s design language employed on future Mercedes.

In the game, the AMG Vision GT has a 577-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 that pumps out 590 pound-feet of torque – quite enough power to propel the 1,385 kilogram (3,053-pound) coupe very quickly. The weight distribution is 46 per cent front and 54 per cent rear, which should endow it with good traction out of turns and sharp transitional handling.

Let’s get things straight with this car: It’s very long, wide and so low that we struggled to see the car at all until Mercedes’ press conference was over and we had permission to rush the stage for photographs. But oh, is it beautiful (in this writer’s opinion), with voluptuous curves, aggressive styling and an overall look that pays homage to classic Mercedes GT cars, such as the iconic 300 SL, while maintaining its futuristic modernity. About the only things that seem out of place are the flashy wheels and the tires with practically no sidewall.

For a model car with no engine, it’s surprisingly functional. The motorized rear spoiler raises and lowers, the taillights work and the LED grille is fully functional (and reminds us a bit of the Pontiac Firebird’s flashing grille in Knight Rider). But the Gullwing doors weren’t opened, so we can’t comment on their functionality or the interior. We can comment on the “driver,” however, a dummy sitting in the driver’s seat that resembles the character who drives Gran Turismo’s virtual cars.

Speaking of that, you can see him driving the car in the video we included below, which shows GT6 in-game footage and some shots of Mercedes designers shaping a clay model of the car. Astute viewers will notice that the GT6 version of the car has a fixed rear spoiler. For more information on the car, check out two press releases below, one from Mercedes and the other from Sony.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Comes From the Best Future [2013 L.A. Auto Show]

Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept

There are very few industries that are burdened by as many regulations and obnoxious mandates as the auto industry. How sweet would it be to live in a world in which engineers and designers penned sports cars as they saw fit, rather than bureaucrats? Of course, such a utopian universe exists: It’s called Gran Turismo, and it’s one of the most successful video games ever conceived. Mercedes-Benz AMG’s freshly revealed Vision Gran Turismo concept will be featured in the sixth installment of the game, and proves just how glorious such an idyllic world can be. READ MORE ››

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