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Real Gran Turismo 5 supercar to wow Kiwis

Last updated 12:20 22/05/2013
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A one-off virtual-turned-reality supercar is set to rev up Kiwi car fans later this year.

It maybe five years old but the GTbyCitroen is still a stunning design and will make its New Zealand debut at the CRC Speedshow in Auckland on July 20-21.

The GTbyCitroën, nearly five metres long, over two metres wide and just over one metre in height, was originally designed for Gran Turismo 5 driving simulation game in a unique joint venture between Citroen and Polyphony.

It features gullwing doors and a rear end made exaggeratedly long to make the concept car even faster visually.

Wide air intakes enhance the front end clear-cut horizontal headlamps feature penetrating blue LED lights. Inside, the cabin is upholstered in black leather with subtle touches of rare materials such as copper and steel.

It runs on diamond-effect 21inch aluminium wheels.

In 2008 when it was unveiled at the Paris motor show, Polyphony president Kazanori Yamauchi said the car showed how virtual and real-life motoring can joing together to create a truly innovative partnership.

"We were delighted that Citroen approached us and gave us the opportunity to combine our creative strengths to build this very special concept car.

"To see the car take shape in game and then for real has been a truly unique experience as our work normally stays in the digital world."

Besides the GTbyCitroen's appearance at the Speedshow, other features include a custom and classic show featuring more than 50 of New Zealand's finest customised vehicles, a NZ Legends of Speed display and celebrations marking the 50th anniversaries of Lamborghini and the Porsche 911.

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