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Suzuki Vision Gran Turismo concept revealed

Suzuki has revealed a Hayabusa-powered virtual concept boosted by three electric motors. It's now playable on the Gran Turismo 7 video game.

Jack Quick
Jack Quick
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If you married the looks of a Suzuki Cappuccino convertible, the front of a Swift Sport hatch, and the engine of a Hayabusa motorcycle, you’d get Suzuki‘s latest concept vehicle.

The Japanese automaker has officially revealed its Vision Gran Turismo (VGT) concept which made its debut on the Gran Turismo 7 video game on May 26, 2022.

Under the bonnet of the theoretical two-door speedster is a screaming 1.3-litre inline four-cylinder engine taken from Suzuki’s flagship motorcycle. It’s supplemented by two electric motors on the front wheels and one on the rear, making three in total.

Suzuki claims the hypothetical VGT has total system outputs of 318kW of power at a stratospheric 9700rpm, and 610Nm of torque.

With the combination of the motorbike engine and the electric motors front and back, this means the Suzuki VGT would be a hybrid and all-wheel drive.

This isn’t the first time that Suzuki has revealed a ‘concept’ with a Hayabusa engine. It showed off the GSX-R/4, a mid-engined sports car concept, in 2001. This latter concept was a physical creation.

Suzuki says it employed as much of its racing technology as possible in the creation of the digital VGT , while applying as many lightweight components as possible. It claims the concept if produced would weigh only 970kg.

As mentioned previously, the Suzuki VGT has aspects that are inspired by the Cappucino convertible and Swift Sport hatch. It’s tied together with a low stance and flowing lines.

Notable exterior design elements include the digital side mirrors, the central fin, and the centrally-mounted twin exhaust pipes.

Inside there are two seats, a yoke-style steering wheel with paddle shifters, a head-up display, screens for the digital side mirrors, and buttons for the gear selection.

Interestingly, the virtually button-free and minimalistic centre transmission tunnel design looks similar to the Maserati MC20 sports car.

Suzuki has said to keep an eye out of a Group 3 racing version of the VGT, which is set to “make an appearance soon”.

This Suzuki VGT joins a larger family of Vision Gran Turismo concepts from automakers such as Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mazda, Subaru, Mini, Dodge, and Bugatti.

As part of the formula, all of these VGT concepts are required to be two-door grand touring cars.

Just like previous VGT concepts, the Suzuki VGT has absolutely zero chance of going into production.

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Jack Quick
Jack Quick

Jack Quick is an emerging automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Jack recently graduated from Deakin University and has previously competed in dance nationally. In his spare time, Jack likes to listen to hyperpop and play Forza Horizon.

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