Genesis appears to be on a roll. The Korean automaker has spent the better part of three years unveiling beautiful concept cars and its latest Vision Gran Turismo Concept could well be its most beautiful one yet. This gorgeous mid-engined supercar arrives with low-slung proportions flanked by the usual Genesis styling attributes.
From the outset, the familiar Genesis face is wider and grafted on a supercar canvas while the detailing is replete with some stunning design cues. Look closer and you will see a myriad of small design flourishes being sprinkled all over.
The crest grille for example is linked to the Quad lamps while a fuselage extrudes towards the rear and is framed by a rear spoiler along with lateral trailing edges for aerodynamic high-speed stability. Even the Magma colour references Korea’s volcanoes while the streamlined shape results in a slippery drag coefficient of just 0.34.
As the name suggests, you can drive it in Gran Turismo 7 from January 2024, while a full-sized model has also been unveiled at the Gran Turismo World Series World Finals in Barcelona. Designed as a part of the Polyphony Digital’s Vision Gran Turismo series, the Vision Gran Turismo Concept takes automotive design to the extremes by maximising the “dash-to-axle ratio” while moving the driver and powertrain rearward for a distinct mid-engine layout.
“Our goal was to create a timeless design rooted in the essence of motorsport,” says John Krsteski, Genesis senior chief designer. “We have an incredibly diverse global design team that are car and racing enthusiasts. The designers relished the opportunity to create a race car that featured Genesis design elements as well as technical performance attributes. It has become a catalyst of inspiration for our other programs.”
The powertrain on offer is equally bonkers with a front mid-mounted Lambda 11 V6 engine plus getting some further boost from an electric supercharger or E-SC in Genesis speak. It is essentially a race-spec powertrain that produces upwards of 1,000 horsepower and 1,337Nm of torque while screaming all the way to a stratospheric 10,000 rpm.
While Genesis will never make a car like this, Gran Turismo 7 players who watch the Manufacturer’s Cup broadcast in GT7 will get early access to drive the Genesis X Gran Berlinetta VGT Concept virtually from January 2024.
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