Suzuki Vision Gran Turismo Concept Is A Roadster With A Hybrid Hayabusa Engine
Suzuki has expertise in bikes and cars, with its latest Vision Gran Turismo concept created for the popular game merging the best of both worlds. The digital concept is a lightweight all-wheel-drive roadster, making use of a Hayabusa engine in combination with a trio of electric motors.
Starting with the design, the Suzuki Vision GT looks like a roofless Swift on steroids, coming with a fully exposed two-seater cabin and a sculpted body. Suzuki says designers were also inspired by the Cappuccino, but setting aside the bodystyle, there is little in common between the two.
The front end of the Vision GT bears a strong resemblance to the Swift Sport due to the large grille, the bumper intakes, and the aggressive headlights mounted on the bulged fenders. The bonnet is rather long for a mid-engined vehicle, while the short pillarless panoramic windshield and the absence of a roof contribute to dramatic proportions. At the back, the LED taillights somehow remind us of the Devon GTX, while the large diffuser with centrally-mounted twin tailpipes makes it clear this is not an EV.
Inside, the dashboard has a pretty simple layout with screens for the mirror-replacing cameras on both sides of the yoke steering wheel. The latter integrates the Start/Stop and hazard lights buttons, gearshift paddles, and a bunch of unmarked controls. The driver has access to a transparent digital instrument cluster and nothing else, since you won’t be needing infotainment features in such a vehicle.
Moving on to the powertrain, this is probably the best part of the concept. The Hayabusa-sourced 1,340cc four-cylinder petrol engine is mounted behind the cabin, working together with a trio of electric motors – two at the front and one at the rear. As a result, the combined output is 426 hp (318 kW / 432 PS) and a healthy 610 Nm (450 lb-ft) of torque. These figures may not sound that impressive compared to other Vision GT projects, but we’re sure that the screaming Hayabusa engine will make everything more pleasant. Also, bear in mind that thanks to the adoption of racing technology, Suzuki’s concept weighs only 970 kg.
This is not the first time Suzuki puts a Hayabussa engine in a sports car, following the recipe of the 2001 Suzuki GSX-R/4 concept. Unfortunately, as with its predecessor, the Suzuki Vision Gran Turismo is not destined for production and will remain in the digital world. Still, it is nice that gamers will be able to drive it. The concept is part of the latest free update on Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo 7, available for the Sony Playstation consoles.