Jaguar’s place in the electric car movement is already fairly assured with the I-Pace SUV, not to mention the British automaker’s participating in Formula E. Jaguar is taking the next step with the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupe—an electric car that will be available only digitally in PlayStation 4’s Gran Turismo Sport.
The Gran Turismo Vision is a low-slung, sleek design that harkens back to Jaguar’s history. The design started as a response to Sony’s invitation to automakers to participate in the celebration of the 15th anniversary of Gran Turismo. Since that invitation, which was issued in 2013, Jaguar has been working on the design. “This project has been completely led by our young designers and represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to create a vehicle steeped in our incredible heritage but pushing the boundaries of future design,” said Julian Thomson, Jaguar’s design director. “The team have done an incredible job in creating something which is clearly identifiable as a Jaguar, inspired—but not constrained—by our iconic past.”
In game, the car has 750kW (roughly 1,000 horsepower) available through its three motor all-wheel drive system. The Vision will be able to go from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in less than two seconds. Jaguar also boasts that it will have “perfectly balanced handling.” Aside from the power and speed, Jaguar’s racing heritage is proudly on display in the Vision. Especially evident is the iconic Le Mans winning C-type and D-type racing cars from the automaker. On the inside, the Vision is racing sparse, boasting only a transparent display that is shaped like a boomerang and is located behind the steering wheel. The car can project information onto the windows, creating an augmented reality feeling for the river. An artificial intelligence, which Jaguar has “affectionately named ‘KITT-E,’” provides additional information and help.
There aren’t any guarantees that Jaguar will ever put the design into production in the real world, but then again, that also doesn’t mean that they won’t. The new GT Vision will be available on Gran Turismo Sport for PlayStation 4 starting in the end of November.