Porsche has revealed its first virtual concept car.

    The Porsche Vision Gran Turismo is the latest in a long line of digital concepts for the Gran Turismo racing game, and points to where Porsche plans to take its design language in the electric era.

    Although it’s not real, the Vision GT is rooted in Porsche’s current design reality. The low-set headlights have the same four-point LED running light signature, and the lack of grilles or superfluous add-ons is in keeping with the rest of the current range.

    There’s plenty of Taycan about the rear, which features a slim LED light bar. The rear also borrows heavily from the Mission R electric concept, with a pinched bumper that offers more than just a glimpse of the broad rear tyres.

    Keen Porsche fans will notice the speedster-style buttresses on the rear deck, a nod to the Porsche 356 and the litany of 911 Speedster specials that have followed it.

    “The appeal of a Porsche comes from its purist design,” said Kazunori Yamauchi, president of Polyphony Digital.

    “And in terms of engineering expertise, both we and Porsche follow the same perfectionist philosophy. We share the same passion for racing and are looking to the future of the car.”

    Details about how much power the concept makes haven’t been revealed, but we know it’s electric. Given it’s a virtual racer, it’s unlikely to be slow.

    Beneath the car’s fighter-jet style canopy is a minimalist interior with no seats. Instead, the driver and passenger sit on pads mounted directly to the chassis, while the pedals move to accomodate virtual drivers of all sizes.

    The instruments are holographic, something you could only do in a video game, while the wheel has a mix of digital and analogue controls.

    The Porsche Vision Gran Turismo will be playable in Gran Turismo 7, launching on March 4, 2022, for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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