Virtual Gran Turismo VW becomes reality

STEPHEN OTTLEY
Last updated 08:37 01/06/2014

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Building cars for Sony's Gran Turismo computer game is all the rage these days. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and even the Red Bull F1 team have all done it.

But Volkswagen has taken it to the next level and created a real version of its virtual car.

The German brand has taken the wraps of the GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo at its annual Worthersee festival in Austria.

Based on a Golf GTI the radical concept has very little in common with the GTI you can buy in the showroom.

It is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine the company claims is good for 370kW and 560Nm. That's the same engine VW featured in its Design Vision GTI concept from Worthersee in 2013.

All that grunt is sent to the road via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

But if the mechanical package borrows from previous Golf concepts the body certainly doesn't. The roofless machine borrows classic styling cues from the GTI but pushes the rest of the car to the extreme.

''The Vision GT project offered a wonderful opportunity to sketch out extreme ideas and design elements of the GTI that are portrayed as vibrantly, dynamically and emotionally as possible,'' explains VW head of design Klaus Bischoff.

The design was chosen after an in-house competition between Volkswagen's designers judged by Bischoff and Gran Turismo game creator Kazunori Yamauchi.

Although only one real version of the GTI Roadster will be built, Gran Turismo players will be able to download the car in mid-June.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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