Subaru Viziv GT gears up for Vision Gran Turismo action [w/video]Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:59:00 EST
Ever wonder what it would look like if Subaru made a big brother to the BRZ, maybe to take on the Nissan GT-R or Japan's Super GT series? (Well, the BRZ already competes in the GT300 class, but we're talking about the GT500 major leagues here.) Wonder no more, car fans, because it'd probably look something like this. Only it's not a road car, and it's not a racecar. It's the latest addition to the growing roster of Vision Gran Turismo concepts for GT6.
Borrowing on the design theme put forth by the Viziv concept that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and the Viziv 2 concept showcased the following year, the Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo is envisioned as a racing machine. Its hypothetical hybrid powertrain pairs a 2.0-liter boxer four, turbocharged and direct-injected, to a trio of high-output electric motors to deliver a claimed 591 horsepower and 593 pound-feet of torque.
Carbon fiber construction helps offset the weight of the motors and batteries to keep the hybrid racing shooting brake down to a theoretical 3,000 pounds, with competition-spec aero to keep it glued to the track. Gamers will be able to download it directly in the game as part of the latest update, but you can scope it out right here in the image gallery above and the video and press release below.
Introducing the SUBARU VIZIV GT Vision Gran Turismo
The "SUBARU VIZIV GT Vision Gran Turismo" is coming soon to "Gran Turismo 6", available exclusively on PlayStation®3. This is a true sportscar with the most aggressive styling and vehicle specs in Subaru's history. The VIZIV GT delivers extreme performance while maintaining a level of drivability that allows you to be in total control.
How to receive it
Update 1.14 will be coming soon. Once the Update has been installed, the car can be purchased from the [Vision GT] area within the [CARS] section in "My Home" (here, you can also find the car's presentation movie). Alternatively, it is also possible to obtain the car by completing a lap (regardless of the lap time) in the new Seasonal Event, available only for a limited time.
About the SUBARU VIZIV GT Vision Gran Turismo
Vision Gran Turismo is a revolutionary project established for car enthusiasts all over the world. The car provided by Subaru for this dream project where the world's car manufacturers and brands develop concept cars in the game world, is an ultimate sportscar carrying Subaru's concept car motto "VIZIV"; Vision for Innovation. The car is called the "SUBARU VIZIV GT Vision Gran Turismo".
Inheriting the design language of Subaru's "SUBARU VIZIV 2 Concept" revealed at the March 2014 Geneva show, the Subaru design team have added dynamic and solid shapes to the model. Its shoulder line extends from the front hexagonal grill all the way to the rear. Its tough looking body seems as though it was carved from hard, solid metal. And with blister fenders extending its shape three dimensionally outward, it visually expresses Subaru's pursuit of a safe and enjoyable driving experience. Its large diffuser, the roof integrated rear spoiler, and its shooting brake silhouette which accounts for aerodynamic performance, will surely stand out among others in the game.
Thorough weight reduction was a focus in the design of the body structure, and carbon materials have been utilized everywhere. As a result, the vehicle weight was held down to 1,380 kg despite being equipped with heavy batteries and motors. Propelling the lightweight body is Subaru's legendary 2 liter horizontally opposed engine that has been fully tuned with years of motorsports experience. The direct injection turbocharged engine that has been powered up with revised restrictor diameters is combined with one high power motor in the front and two in the rear, which achieves a total system power output of 591 HP and 800 Nm (593 ft-lb) of maximum torque. By independently controlling each of the motor outputs, turning ability while cornering is drastically improved, while the torque vectoring lamps built into the fenders visualize its movement. Thus as with any other Subaru, the car is made controllable for anyone driving the car, regardless of its extremely high performance levels.
Experience the "SUBARU VIZIV GT Vision Gran Turismo", a car that delivers Subaru's ideals of confidence and driving pleasure through an unprecedented aggressive design and extreme levels of performance.
About Vision Gran Turismo
Vision Gran Turismo is a project in which the world's leading brands develop concept cars for Gran Turismo and its fans. Please look forward to more fantastic car models in line to be released in the near future!
By Noah Joseph
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