The Gran Turismo racing game series is among the best-selling video game franchises ever. Kazunori Yamauchi and Polyphony Digital came up with the Vision GT concept to celebrate its success.
Carmakers could now let their designers off the leash. The Vision GT cars are virtual concept cars that don’t need to adhere to the laws of physics. For that reason, some gamers aren’t fans of these creations and view them as a vanity project.
We like them, though, as they provide a unique glimpse into a car brand’s future design language, and some of these cars have been turned into reality. Let’s look at 24 of the coolest Gran Turismo Vision cars in no particular order.
Porsche Vision GT
The Porsche Vision GT was unveiled in December 2021, and the car would make its in-game debut in Gran Turismo 7 a few months later.
It’s easy to see that the designers of the Porsche Vision GT car were inspired by the real-life 911 and Taycan production models, yet they also came up with a brand-new silhouette. Like the Taycan, the Vision GT model is all-electric, but its 1,274 horsepower packs a much harder punch.
Ferrari Vision GT
Ferrari unveiled its Vision GT model at the 2022 Gran Turismo World Series World Finals. It’s another model that debuted with Polyphony Digital’s release of Gran Turismo 7.
Ferrari’s Vision GT model uses a hybrid powertrain – the gas engine is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 unit, and the combined power output is 1,338 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough power to reach a top speed of 239 mph.
Suzuki Vision GT
Suzuki is a fun and very underrated Japanese carmaker. They don’t make the most technologically advanced cars, but their simplicity makes them great. The Suzuki Vision GT follows the Suzuki formula to a T.
The Suzuki Vision GT is a small roadster that weighs around 2,100 lbs. An engine from the legendary Hayabusa motorcycle and electric motors power it.
Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision GT
Mercedes-Benz was the first car manufacturer to join the Vision GT program, and the AMG Vision GT concept looks like a futuristic mix of their classic sports cars.
The AMG Vision GT has a twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 585 hp, and the shiny sports car weighs in at 3,050 lbs, which makes it plenty fast and agile.
BMW Vision GT
Like its main competitor mentioned above, BMW was among the first brands to create a Vision GT car. The BMW Vision GT isn’t as outrageous as many other Vision GT cars, which we like. BMW decided to explore what its M2 sports coupe could be if it didn’t have to adhere to rules and regulations.
The body and paint remind us of the iconic 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” from the ’70s, except that it’s made from carbon fiber. The engine is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six producing a respectable (and realistic) 541 horsepower.
Fittipaldi Motors EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina
Whereas most Vision GT cars are just a design exercise, there were plans for a limited production run of the Fittipaldi EF7. Unfortunately, that never happened, so the car remains available only in Gran Turismo.
The Fittipaldi EF7 has a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 engine that produces 600 horsepower. It only weighs 2,200 lbs, which means it has 600 horsepower per tonne – that’s impressive!
Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo
The Lamborghini V12 is definitely among the sickest Vision GT cars ever made. It was unveiled at the Gran Turismo Championship World Finals in Monaco in 2019. Unlike most Vision GT cars, the Lambo V12 has an actual powertrain installed.
The Lambo uses the V12 Supercapacitor setup that’s also found in the Sián and the new Countach. While it does share some design similarities with other modern Lambos, it turns everything up to 11.
Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision GT
The Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision GT is every VW fan’s dream car. It may look like a squashed Golf, but there’s much more to it than that. The GTI Roadster is a proper supercar with a 503 horsepower twin-turbo 3.0-liter VR6 TSI engine from the Touareg.
It sends its power to all four wheels via a seven-speed DSG transmission and VW’s 4Motion system, so everything here is based on existing VW technology.
Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo
So far, all the cars we’ve listed have been somewhat realistic. There’s absolutely nothing realistic about the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision GT! It weighs 990 lbs, produces 905 horsepower, and has a top speed of 254 mph in GT7.
Apparently, the car uses a battery-powered laser that pulses light beams to create shock waves that generate thrust. It is, of course, pure nonsense, but it’s all fun and games.
Alpine Vision GT
The Alpine Vision GT is a lightweight racer inspired by Alpine’s LeMans race cars of the past. A 450-horsepower 4.5-liter V8 engine mounted behind the driver powers the Alpine, and it sends all the horses to the rear wheels via a 7-speed sequential transmission.
Thanks to its power and low weight of 1,984 lbs, the Alpine Vision GT manages a top speed of 199 mph,
Infiniti Concept Vision GT
The Infiniti Concept Vision GT is the work of Infiniti’s Beijing design studio. The GT car has all the right ingredients – smoothly curved surfaces, underbody aero, a wing, front and rear diffusers, and an excellent drivetrain.
It’s powered by a 4.5-liter V8 that runs alongside an electric motor, and the front mid-engine setup gives it a 45:55 front-rear weight distribution.
Lexus LF-LC Vision GT
The LF-LC concept turned into the real Lexus LC production car, available with either a 3.5-liter hybrid drivetrain or a 5-liter V8. The Vision GT version in Gran Turismo is virtually the same as the Lexus LC GT500 real-life race car.
It’s funny how it was so groundbreaking when it was first revealed in the game, but now that it’s a real car, it’s somehow less remarkable. With its broad, muscular stance, streamlined body, and aggressive aero, it’s still absolutely drop-dead gorgeous.
The Citroën GT is the OG of Vision cars. It debuted in Gran Turismo 5 back in 2008. For newcomers to the game, the Vision GT concept cars weren’t even a thing back then. There’s a real chance that this car was the inspiration behind it, as it was a fictional sports car that Citroën designed purely for this game.
The Citroën GT has appeared in various forms in the Gran Turismo franchise over the years. Citroën used a 655 horsepower Ford V8 for their real-life concept, but it was a quad-motor EV in the game.
Aston Martin DP100 Vision GT
The Aston Martin DP100 looked outrageous when they first revealed it at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2013. Today, it looks tame compared to the real-life Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar.
Take a closer look at the DP100, and you’ll recognize some features found on other models by the British brand. The front grille can be seen on the new Vantage, and the taillights are very similar to the ones on the Vulcan.
Honda Sports Vision GT
There’s absolutely nothing outrageous about the Honda Sports Vision GT, and that’s why we love it. Unlike the hybrid V12 quad-motor concepts that defy physics and logic, this could easily be a car that Honda would produce.
The design is spot-on for an everyday sports car that’s smaller than the Acura NSX. The mid-mounted engine is probably from the Civic Type R, as it’s a turbocharged DOHC VTEC 2.0-liter inline-four with 404 horsepower.
Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision GT
This Volkswagen GTI model is slightly more realistic than the Roadster we covered earlier. The GTI Supersport looks like a highly modified GTI, although, under the hood, it still has the same turbocharged VR6 engine with 500 horses.
It’s unknown whether the Supersport Vision concept directly inspired any actual road cars, but the excellent Clubsport and Clubsport S did emerge later.
Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé
The Jaguar Coupe may be an electric hypercar with three motors, but it’s easy to see that the designers found some inspiration in the carmaker’s gasoline-powered past.
The body has hints of legends like the C-Type, D-Type, and E-Type. Its performance, however, is nothing like the old models. The Jaguar Coupe has 1000+ horsepower and 885 lb-ft of torque, giving it a top speed of over 200 mph.
IsoRivolta Zagato Vision GT
Zagato is an Italian coachbuilder and the mastermind behind some of the most outrageous re-bodied cars of all time. Considering how outlandish their real-life cars look, the Zagato Vision GT concept is somewhat tame, even with a 1000-horsepower Callaway-built 6.2-liter V8.
The IsoRivolta Zagato revived the IsoRivolta name from the ’60s and was revealed at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The designer says it’s a “contemporary gentleman driver’s sports car designed specifically to compete at the highest international levels.”
Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo
Today, you won’t find anything resembling the Mazda LM55 in the Japanese carmaker’s lineup. This beast is a tribute to its past, specifically its 1991 win at LeMans with the iconic Renown-liveried 787B.
The LM55 does use Mazda’s modern “Kodo” design language, and the LM55 is designed for modern-era racing. Who wouldn’t love to see a hybrid rotary-powered race car at LeMans?
Peugeot Vision GT
Peugeot decided to keep it simple with their first Vision GT car – they simply named it Peugeot Vision GT. The rest of the vehicle is just as straightforward. You won’t find any complicated hybrid tech or futuristic nonsense.
They went with a simple, lightweight body that weighs in at 1,930 lbs and a turbocharged 3.2-liter V6 that sends 874 horsepower to all wheels via a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Hyundai N 2025 Vision GT
Hyundai has come a long way! They build some of the best hot hatches, their rally cars are doing really well, and hopefully, they’ll soon appear in the wonderful world of endurance race cars and LeMans.
Hyundai’s N 2025 does feature some futuristic tech, such as its hydrogen fuel cell system and a supercapacitor that supposedly delivers 875 horsepower.
McLaren Ultimate Vision GT
The McLaren Ultimate Vision GT is a peek into what McLaren road cars might look like in the future. McLaren always goes the extra mile, and the British supercar maker provided an entire spec sheet for their collection of code and pixels.
The Ultimate Vision GT is available with three liveries, and an updated version of the 720S’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine powers it. Of course, since this is a car of the future, it will also feature electric motors on the front wheels. The motors and V8 engine combined produce around 1,150 horses combined.
Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision GT
Mitsubishi has struggled in recent years. The Japanese automaker built some of the greatest road-legal performance cars that regular people could afford. Nowadays, they seemingly just churn out rather uninspiring SUVs.
Mitsubishi has brought back the legendary Evolution moniker with the Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision GT. As the name suggests, it’s now in the form of a plug-in hybrid. With a massive rear wing and a wide CFRP body that’ll put a Rocket Bunny car to shame, we wouldn’t mind seeing this one make it to production.
Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT
Nissan said the Concept 2020 Vision GT is “a vision of what a high-performance Nissan could look like in the future.” Considering its design and specs, it could potentially be the next GT-R concept. Obviously, the road car will be less wild and aggressive.
The specs are something we’d expect from a future GT-R as well: A twin-turbo V6 engine, three electric motors, AWD, torque vectoring, and active aero.