It may seem impossible, almost utopian, to find cars that combine the creativity and know-how of designers and engineers without the constraints and limitations placed on the manufacturers by the automobile industry, cars that are as fast and powerful as those found in the world’s racetracks. However, at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes Benz, in collaboration with videogames giant Sony PlayStation, presented the AMG Vision Gran Turismo, a concept car that promises to make our dreams of speed and exclusivity come true.
“This is the future of Mercedes Benz”, says Gorden Wagener, Daimler’s vice president of design.
This dream model will initially only be available in the videogame Gran Turismo 6 from PlayStation 3, but the German brand decided to introduce this prototype in Los Angeles to get feedback from the specialized press and car aficionados. “This is the future of Mercedes Benz”, says Gorden Wagener, Daimler’s vice president of design. “This car, or elements of it, will make its way into production.”
The technical features on the AMG Vision GT are impressive. But do they measure up to other luxury cars? The numbers speak for themselves: under the hood, an imposing 5500 cc V8, 577 horsepower twin-turbo, which can develop 590 pound-feet of torque. With an aluminum body and components of carbon fiber, its total weight is 3,053 pounds, quite low for the vehicle’s dimensions.
The design of the AMG GT Vision is also striking. With classic, provocative lines, it is inspired by a fabled Mercedes racecar: the 1952 300 SL, winner of the Carrera Panamericana, an endurance race, held that year in Mexico. It also recalls the Mercedes Benz Silver Arrow from the 1930s, but adapted to the firm’s current design and aesthetics, featuring a diamond grill pocked with LED lights, and a thin horizontal strip in the tail lamp.
Interior of the luxury AMG GT Vision
The interior boasts a futuristic instrumentation panel on a glass surface, inspired by Formula 1 cars, which reminds us of the cockpit of a fighter jet. The front is prominent and elongated, and in the rear, the mechanized spoiler adjusts according to the conditions on the road. Eight exhaust pipes—one for each cylinder—engulf the taillight as a reminder of the powerful engine that lies under the hood.
For those who cannot resist the temptation of owning a Vision GT, it has transpired that five AMG GT Vision will be built on the SLS AMG GT platform. In this exclusive limited production, the “Vision GT” will feature an SLS AMG GT 6300 cc engine, 591-horsepower and a 7-speed AMG Speedshift DCT sports transmission.
One of these five copies has already been sold, two will be distributed in Europe, two in the Middle East and only one in the United States. The cost of this luxury and amazing car? It has a base price of US$ 1,500,000 per unit. ■