Is this really the new GT-R? Please say it’s the new GT-R! Woah there. This isn’t the final draft of the 2016 Nissan GT-R – it's a concept vehicle that has been crafted by Gran Turismo creators Polyphony Digital and Nissan's London design studio in Paddington.
Wait, so you're saying this isn't even a real car?For the moment, it remains a collection of pixels in the game – but, according to the marque, it does provide a hint of how its supercar of the future could look.
Sounds a lot like marketing guff to us… It does. But when you consider Nissan’s intrinsic link with the Gran Turismo - remember the marque roped in Polyphony Digital to create all of the displays on the current generation GT-R - it’s quite plausible that we could see a buttoned-down version of this on the roads by 2020.
And according to the Vision 2020 press release, “The model was considered to have so much potential that it has benefited from input from an advanced engineering team based at the Nissan Technical Center in Atsugi, Japan.” Why bother bringing in the engineers, if it's only ever going to appear in a game? There are rumours that it may even appear in the flesh at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 26-28 June.
It looks menacing, but is it fast?Gran Turismo 6 owners will be able to find out exactly how fast it is when it becomes available to download in July but it is likely to sport a hybrid drivetrain that will boost performance figures to epic levels. The current 542bhp monster can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 2.7 seconds but industry insiders believe that figure could drop to an unbelievable 2.0 seconds or less should it employ the services of some electric motors.
What’s with all these manufacturers creating cars we can only get to grips with in GT6? Gran Turismo turned 15 last year and to celebrate, its creator Kazunori Yamauchi asked automotive design studios around the globe to come up with exclusive creations. Volkswagen unveiled the 500bhp Golf GTI Roadster last week and AMG dropped the stunning AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept late last year. Nissan’s attempt is equally gorgeous and twice as likely to make production.
What makes you say that? We know for a fact Nissan is replacing its GT-R in 2016, we know the next model will be a hybrid and we know this concept shares far too many styling cues with the current road car to be a coincidence. If you’re a fan of hypercar-destroying performance on a budget and utterly bonkers styling, you might want to purchase a copy of Gran Turismo 6 and take this for a test drive.