This is the Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo, the latest virtual concept created for the sixth iteration of Gran Turismo, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.
The Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo follows the design language seen on Subaru’s recent Viziv 2 concept shown at the 2014 Geneva motor show, but with a far more aggressive demeanor. Inspiration for the rock solid shape was apparently derived from Katsuobushi, a Japanese garnish made from fish that takes months to create.
Though the Subaru family resemblance can be seen in the concept’s headlamp and hexagonal grille treatment, the Vision’s chiselled body and pronounced fender blisters visually amplify the car’s three dimensional shape, while its shooting brake silhouette, large diffuser and roof integrated rear spoiler are said to optimize aerodynamic performance.
As the story goes, the concept sources power from the Japanese carmaker’s turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four engine mated to three electric motors — one at the front and two at the rear. Combined they generate a virtual 591hp and 593 ft-lb of torque.
Carbon materials have been utilized throughout its construction to achieve a significant weight reduction, Subaru says, keeping the vehicle weight down to a hypothetical 1380 kg (3042 lbs) despite being equipped with heavy batteries and motors.