Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo concept

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Subaru has joined a number of other manufacturers, including Toyota, Mitsubishi and Mercedes-Benz, by getting involved with the Gran Turismo 15th anniversary celebration festival known as "Vision Gran Turismo" where digital concept cars are released to gamers as downloadable content.

The Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo is a guttural-sounding sports car inspired by the diesel-electric hybrid SUV concept of the same name. The idea is that car designers, in this case those who work at Subaru, get to let loose with the wildest concept they can think of.

Described as a bona fide sports car with "the most aggressive styling and vehicle specs in Subaru's history," the digital realisation is an angular low-slung two-door track weapon with vertical wheel arches and a very prominent rear wing.

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According to Subaru the concept vehicle is specified with a combination 2.0-litre turbocharged boxer engine coupled with a trio of electric motors adding significantly more torque. Two of the electric motors reside at the rear and one up front. According to the number crunchers this should produce a maximum output of 435kW and 800Nm of torque. The concept car weighs just 1380kg due to an abundance of what Subaru calls "carbon materials" in the vehicle's construction.

The net result of the massive torque output and low weight are likely to resolve themselves in a 0-100km/h sprint of around under 4.0 seconds, something that gamers who download the car can probably tell us – feel free to respond in the comments below.

Subaru notes that the concept car's all-wheel drive handling is exceptional, because the electric motors are controlled independently and can apportion torque to individual wheels. Gamers who own a Sony Playstation 3 and a copy of the Gran Turismo 6 game can download the car online.

By Mike Bantick
www.motoring.com.au

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