"Inspired – but not constrained – by our iconic past” is how Jaguar design director Julian Thomson has described the company’s latest concept.
Slight drawback: it’s not real; it’s virtual. But still: won’t you look at it?
Created for the PlayStation video game Gran Turismo, Jaguar’s Vision Gran Turismo concept will be downloadable to drive in the game from next month.
In the game, and on the digital paper on which the concept is drawn, the Vision GT is powered by a derivative of the I-Pace’s electric powertrain but with three motors – two at the rear, one at the front.
Between them, they make a total of 1006bhp and 885lb ft, so the car has a 0-62mph time of under two seconds and a top speed of more than 200mph. A carbonfibre monocoque tub gives a target weight of 1400kg and 50:50 weight distribution.
Jaguar can say what it wants when the car’s virtual, of course. But these Vision GT models are a series and often do lead to something: the 2014 Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo previewed the very real, and very loud, AMG GT. The 2015 Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo was the spitting image – in looks and 8.0-litre W16 spec – for the Chiron. These concepts have form when it comes to reality.