Although Renault’s newest concept car was designed for solely for Gran Turismo 6, I’m happy to say this concept car isn’t going to be PlayStation exclusive. Rendered for the real world, the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo will make its real world debut this month.
So, the bad news is that you’ll probably never find this car at a dealership, and unless you’re incredibly lucky, get to take it for a spin –in the real world at least. However, with bad news, often comes good news. Renault’s Alpine Vision Gran Turismo was made as part of Polyphony Digital’s new Gran Turismo Project for their game, Gran Turismo 6. Polyphony asked the top racing car brands to design concepts specifically for the PS3 game. Renault not only accepted, but they went above and beyond when they realized just how badass the new Alpine was and decided to make it into a real car. So, all in all, you might not be taking it down the highway, but you can experience the sheer power of the Alpine Vision GT in the digital world.
This debut is especially awesome because it’s the return of the Alpine brand since its departure in the mid 90’s. The CEO of Polyphony, who’s also a professional racing driver, Kazunori Yamauchi said that “the Alpine A110 was the first good looking car” he ever saw, a praise that shows just how impactful the brand was in the racing scene.
Anyway, the newest member of the Alpine family definitely meets expectations. Paying close attention to the back of the car, the designers sculpted distinctive cuts that flaunt a futuristic and sleek style. As a car made for a game, players are often stuck viewing the back, so it only makes sense that there would be design elements that highlight the area. There are also giant scoops in the side that channel air, along with flaps in the back that flip for dynamic braking action and agile turn power. The Alpine Vision Gran Turismo sits about as close to the ground as possible, laying flat with curves that rise around the wheels to give the impression of pure power.
The car definitely looks fast, but you might wonder if it has the specs to match (spoiler: it does). Equipped with a 4.5-liter V8 and built around a carbon monocoque and somehow weighing only 900 Kilograms (900 lbs), it can launch itself at 199 mph in a moment’s notice.
All in all, if you’re not a professional driver, safely burning rubber on a virtual race track might be just what’s needed to sate the desire for speed. It will be available for download in March for free and you could have seen the real thing at the Hotel des Invalides in France last month.
Photography courtesy of Gran Turismo 6