Peugeot reveals its "vision" of a sharp, ultra-quick track car
Zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than two seconds? It can't be done. Well, not in a standard production car, but when you're designing a car destined only for the virtual pavement of a video game, you can go a little wild with your performance estimates. The latest in a seemingly endless stream of Vision Gran Turismo concepts, the Peugeot Vision GT flashes radical styling and even more radical in-game performance.
A collaboration between Peugeot's design team and Peugeot Sport, the new Vision Gran Turismo is clearly inspired by the Onyx, a fetching 2012 concept car that the French automaker still brings to auto shows regularly. The video game car is 3.5 in (9 cm) lower, standing at 41 in (104 cm), and includes more fully shaped fender muscles, among other design variations.
The most interesting aspect of Peugeot's Vision GT styling is the replacement of side windows with extended body work, creating a unique cabin shell with floating glass roof. The smooth form helps the low, powerful supercar sweep air aside on its way to the finish line. The Vision GT wears contrast red grill slats and lower body work, a more subtle interpretation of the two-tone body work that Peugeot has used on recent show cars, including the Onyx, and Exalt.
Below its smooth, aggressive body, the Vision GT features an 875-bhp turbocharged 3.2-liter V6 mounted just behind the driver. Output works its way to all four wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox and AWD system. The powertrain's effectiveness is furthered by the car's 1:1 power to weight ratio (it weighs 875 kg/1,929 lb), meaning that the needle will hit 62 mph in a mere 1.73 seconds. Clearly Peugeot has to keep up with the virtual competition, including the Chevy Chaparral 2X and its laser-fired 1.5-second 0-60 mph time. No word on what the car's virtual top speed is, but Peugeot promises quick, sure stopping with the Brembo carbon disc brake package.
Those may sound like fantasy video game numbers, but they're much the same as the Pikes Peak record-setting 208 T16. That car also has a (twin) turbocharged 875-bhp 3.2-liter V6 and 875-kg weight and is just a few tenths slower, firing to 62 mph in 1.8 seconds.
The Peugeot Vision GT will be released in six colors on PlayStation 3 as part of an upcoming Gran Turismo 6 update. You can see what it'll look like in the trailer below.