Suzuki has unveiled its Vision Gran Turismo model for the Gran Turismo 7 video game, which uses a motorcycle engine to power a two-seat, rear-drive, lightweight roadster.
Known as the Suzuki Vision Gran Turismo, the new model borrows the 1340cc inline four-cylinder engine from Suzuki’s flagship Hayabusa bike and pairs it with three electric motors, resulting in a 318kW/610Nm output.
While those figures won’t blow away the likes of a BMW M4 or Mercedes-AMG C63 S, the Suzuki Vision Gran Turismo weighs just 970kg, giving it a power to weight ratio exceeding the aforementioned models.
Sadly, no zero to 100km/h acceleration time has been given, but Gran Turismo 7 players will be given a chance to drive the virtual car with the 1.15 update of the game.
From the outside, Suzuki has taken styling cues from the current-generation Swift Sport, as well as the cult-classic Cappuccino, with design highlights including a dual centre-exit exhaust, hidden door handles and road-hugging bodykit.
Inside, the Suzuki Vision Gran Turismo features side-view screens instead of mirrors, a digital speedo, push-button gear selector and a uniquely-shaped steering wheel.
While Gran Turismo's concept cars rarely make the jump from virtual to reality, they have been used in the past to gauge consumer appetite for the styling and technology on offer in the video game, and could influence a production model down the line.
In addition to the Suzuki Vision Gran Turismo, the 1.15 game update will also add Toyota’s Le Mans-winning GR010 Hybrid and the Camaro-based Roadster Shop Rampage.
In other Gran Turismo-related news, Genesis has also been revealed as the official partner for the Gran Turismo World Series online championship, and will introduce its G70 sedan and two racing concepts – the X GR3 and G70 GR4 – to the video game.