Jaguar's Vision GT SV Is a Playstation Special
Developed from the earlier Vision Gran Turismo Coupé, it turns up the heat (and downforce), virtually.
Last year, Jaguar showed off the Vision Gran Turismo Coupé, a virtual design study by the British brand showcased in the Gran Turismo video game. Like most digital-only creations, it's fanciful, futuristic, and provocative. The Vision GT SV is an evolution of the earlier design, again rendered digitally, but also paired with a real-life, full-scale model to help realize the design itself. We're unlikely to ever see anything like this hit the road, but as Porsche's recent design studies showed us, even certain shapes never intended for production can influence future road car design. Plus, unlike those previously unseen Porsches, you can actually spend some time with this Jag if you own a PlayStation.
Interestingly, you might get a chance to see this one in person, too—remember, Jaguar also made a full-size model. Whether it is viewed digitally or in real life, the GT SV's biggest changes involved its circuit board-inspired livery, a bunch of aero tweaks, and an additional motor driving the front axle. Almost 40 inches longer, thanks in part to a massive, deployable rear wing, the GT SV certainly has presence. Its impossibly chopped roofline, extremely elongated front end, and massive fenders make it look more like some Jedi Starfighter variant than a race car, not that we're complaining. Jaguar claims some C- and D-Type heritage in the design, particularly the bulbous fenders, too.
While all its specs are basically academic, Jaguar claims 1,877 hp, 2,478 lb-ft of torque, and a top speed of 255 mph. Zero-to-60 mph could theoretically be dispatched in as little as 1.65 seconds. It should make the GT SV entertaining in-game, as will its torque-vectoring all-wheel drive that's enabled by its quad motors.
Lastly, the GT SV is another place the company is playing with a new textile material they're calling "Typefibre"—made from sustainably-sourced materials and allegedly lighter than leather (not difficult) with good durability. As always, we're happy to see automakers exploring leather alternatives. Jaguar is also testing this material in its Formula E car. No word on whether it'll make the jump to a production vehicle anytime soon.