Mercedes-Benz has a habit of producing stunning concept cars, but few are as striking as the AMG Vision Gran Turismo that appears in Polyphony Digital's latest racing game, Gran Turismo 6.
Driveable in-game it may be, but the Vision Gran Turismo has also been turned into a real-world concept vehicle--and Mercedes-Benz displayed it to wowed crowds at the L.A. Auto Show. Such a car is sure to be on the shopping list of serial car-collector Jay Leno, particularly after the game and the concept have paid a visit to his garage.
Jay's latest video doesn't start off with the Vision GT though--it starts with one of his own cars. The Oldsmobile Toronado is best known for its unusual drivetrain layout--a front-wheel drive V-8 from a time when virtually all cars sent their power to the rear wheels. Leno's 1966 Toronado corrects this manufacturing faux pas but also gives it over 1,000 horsepower, from a twin-turbocharged 427ci V-8. Underneath sits a bespoke chassis to control the power, but the slick sixties styling remains intact.
Jay said the game's creators couldn't wait to put it in the game when they visited--and he appears to have found a kindred spirit in the game's creator, Kazunori Yamauchi. It's actually the second time one of Leno's vehicles has appeared in a Gran Turismo game. From GT4 onwards, gamers have been able to drive his Blastolene Special or "Tank Car", a streamlined open-wheel monster with the engine from an M47 Patton tank.
Gamers get to enjoy both these cars in GT6 and Leno even has a blast in the Toronado himself--surprised at how well the car's characteristics have been replicated in the game. Luckily, Leno has avoided re-profiling the hood of his Toronado in quite the same fashion he does out on the circuit. The Vision GT is a different beast entirely, a car created for the game itself rather than simply replicated, but that may not be the case for much longer--as a Florida firm is planning a limited production run.
The Toronado and Vision GT are two of over 1,200 cars in the full GT6 game, but the Mercedes won't be the last Vision Gran Turismo project--dozens of other automakers and design houses have signed up to appear in the game, their creations set for release in future game updates. How many Leno will display in his garage remains to be seen...