Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo Concept Revealed Before 2013 L.A. Show

Kazunori Yamauchi may have been challenged to make the sixth installment of his Gran Turismo video game seriously bigger and better than ever, but in doing so, he in turn challenged 22 automakers to create futuristic sports cars for use in the new Gran Turismo 6. The Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo Concept, which debuts at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show, isn't just the first of these 22 bespoke designs to officially debut; it might be one of the only ones modeled outside of a digital environment.

The long, low-slung concept you see here isn't a rendering produced by a Playstation 4 or a designer's computer. It's an actual, full-size concept car that will soon grace Mercedes-Benz's display stand at the L.A. auto show, even before it's offered up to GT6 players later this year. And while Mercedes-Benz has some significant hardware debuting at this year's show -- including the monstrous 2015 S65 AMG -- there's a good chance the Vision Gran Turismo concept will all but steal the limelight.

According to Gorden Wagener, Daimler's vice president of design, the finished concept "embodies the brand's defining design philosophy of sensuous purity." That's all well and good, but the Vision Gran Turismo concept looks like no other modern Mercedes-Benz. The concept will likely draw comparisons to designs produced by Infiniti and Jaguar, among others, not because it's derivative but because its flowing surfaces are unlike those on most other Mercedes-Benzes.

Its proportions -- ultralong hood; stubby deck; svelte cabin placed just forward of the rear axle -- and gullwing doors are shared with only one contemporary Mercedes-Benz model: the SLS AMG. However, unlike the SLS, which has always looked a little boxy and blunt from certain angles, the Vision Gran Turismo concept is slender, sinewy, and organic. A large, ovoid grille -- allegedly inspired by the original 1952 300 SLR racer -- is accented with LED lighting. Wide, rotund fenders cascade toward the grille opening, while thin, tapered headlamps span the distance between the grille and the wheel well. The roofline flows neatly rearward, tapering inward to further accentuate the bulbous shoulders. The narrow rear fascia is split in two by a wraparound taillamp assembly that bisects an octet of exhaust tips framed in a flattened, hexagon-shaped surround.

Interior images are few and far between, but Mercedes-Benz says to expect a stylish, if not simplistic, cabin. A split dashboard, which wraps into the door panels, is shaped to resemble a pair of open gullwing doors. The red sport seats are integral to the cabin design and blend into the footwell, forming what Daimler calls a "flowing, sculptured shell." A glass surface placed just above the racing-inspired steering wheel provides information, and controls are reduced to a handful of rocker switches located on the center of the dashboard and in an overhead console.

Given the fact that Daimler has labored on the Vision Gran Turismo for only about six months, it's unlikely that the concept car is anywhere close to drivable, but that hasn't stopped Mercedes-Benz from dreaming up some provisional specifications. A press release claims the car is powered by an AMG twin-turbocharged V-8 -- likely the 5.5-liter used in the majority of AMG 63-series models -- that provides 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. As the Vision Gran Turismo allegedly tips the scales at 3053 pounds (thanks, aluminum space frame!), the concept theoretically has a power-to-weight ratio of 5.2 pounds per horsepower.

We doubt the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo will ever turn a wheel in anger on an actual, physical road course, nor do we think it will directly translate into a production car, but we wouldn't be surprised if many of its design cues wind up in future Mercedes-Benz models. Case in point? We hear AMG's hard at work on a smaller sports car that would slot in beneath the SLS...

Raja Sekar
i like this
Fonzo Ro Ma
Batmobile
Ken Komatsu
Like Armour
Manny Gutierrez
The only Mercedes part I see is the 3 pointed star. Everything else is taken from different cars. Once again, lack of creativity!
William G Hawkins Jr
Beautiful but those wimps will never build it though. The Grandma's and grandpa's that make up their core clientele will never buy it. #ultimatedrivingmachine
Amrit Dhiman
look like sabonis amv10 concept
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Chris Petruch
About as tasteful as Willie Dynamite's Eldorado. When did their slogan go from being "Das Beste Oder Nichts" to "Bling-Benz"???
Alonso Lobo
looks like a mix between mazda and batman car!!!
David Hand
Headlights are straight out of the Infiniti parts bin. Greenhouse looks like a next gen Z3 or Z4.
Richard Macintyre
lol at first glance, I thought it was an Infiniti too.
Jana Clarke Hall
I think it is probably expensive!
Mike Anthony
What Sir Lancelot would drive
Chandrashekar Rao
Nice fenders,,.
Sylvain Raymond
It is awesome… never mind you two, go back to your caves!
Saurav Hajong
Oh ho!
Herbert Salamánca Ramos
Infiniti-sh face
Fan David
remove that infiniti headlights pls.
Sosa Eliú
sick 8)
Jason Wright
It certainly doesn't look like a Mercedes. FAIL.
Jodi Albert
Wow
Eduardo O. Fernandez Arnaudo
Nice mazda
Thomas Voelker
Very good design.
Rich Boyd
It does look like a C3 Vette with too much lower body added.
Brian Hawkins
Looks like an Aston Martin One-77 thats been put in a giant microwave, and left on high for too long.
Daune Kemp
It reminds me of the Batmobile.
Devin Colbert
The only cars that should be in GT should ones car makers actually build in real life.
Terri New
I love Mercedes:)
Brandon S. Diaz
Looks nice
Miguel Defares
Insane.. (Y)
Dean Miller
So that''s where Fisker has been hiding!
Scott Lauren
Too much. Reminds me of the Veneno, just looks like a little kid designed it. Id be happy to spin its rear tires though.
Laura Lynn Cowan
I think it looks like a Vette!
David Hand
Yecch. They should have told us they were partnering with Infinit.
Joshua Hooven
I think I'll be driving it.
Pa1neRacer
There may be a full size model around, but I doubt that these pix are of that model.  The side and front views seem not to quite match up.  Or at the very least, they have been HEAVILY photoshopped.  Much better looking than the archaic-looking SLS.  Here's hoping the smaller sports car looks far more like this than it does the SLS.  I see a lot of influences/similarities here and there in this thing, from the Chrysler Firepower of 2005 to the 1953 340 MM grille to the C7 -- none of them awkward, but nothing particularly ground breaking.

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