With more than 15 cars already featured in the Vision Gran Turismo line-up it could be said that Peugeot is late to the party, but the virtual race car’s 1.73 second stint to 62mph from a standstill would beg to differ. That’s faster than a Formula One car.
The French automaker’s Vision Gran Turismo concept is the latest virtual challenger in the Playstation3 flagship driving game, created by Kazunori Yamauchi 15 years ago. The brand’s designers teamed up with Peugeot Sport engineers to imagine a supercar with the hallmarks of a high-performance endurance racer.
Blending aspects of a supercar and sport prototypes. the Vision Gran Turismo bears a strong resemblance to many of Peugeot’s recents concepts. The grille and headlamps make it easy to identify it as a Peugeot branded vehicle, while the red detailing is typical of Peugeot Sport.
Standing just 1040mm tall, the body of Peugeot’s Gran Turismo vision recalls the wonderful Onyx concept car shown in Paris in 2012, albeit far more angular. It appears as a monolithic aerodynamic silhouette, sculpted to sweep aside air resistance without any aerodynamic aids bar the rear spoiler.
Available in six colorways, the concept is a mid-engined package that’s propelled by an 875 horsepower turbocharged V6 engine sending power to all four wheels via a six-speed manual. The tires are mounted on 22-inch rims at the front and 23-inchers at the rear.
The kicker? The entire thing weighs in at just 875kg, ensuring a power to weight distribution of 1:1, the same as the 208 T16 Pikes Peak.
Gamers will have the chance to take the Peugeot Vision Gran Turismo’s virtual wheel on 40 different tracks with 107 layouts when it launches as part of a free update on GT6 in the very near future.