Italian Coachbuilder Creates Its Own Vision Gran Turismo Concept
The Zagato IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo has made its debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
Like other previous Vision Gran Turismo Concepts, the Milanese coachbuilder’s creation is a drivable vehicle in Gran Turismo Sport. The concept pays tribute to IsoRivolta, the renowned automaker from Milan, which produced stunning Gran Turismo-class sports cars during the golden era of automobiles. Built around a bespoke chassis and a Chevrolet Corvette Callaway powertrain, the Zagato IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo is rear-wheel drive and features a 6.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 997 horsepower and a top speed of 227 mph (365 km/h). It also weighs 2,489 pounds (1,129 kilograms), allowing it to go zero-to-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 2.7 seconds. Paired to the engine is a 10-speed sequential gearbox.
What makes the Zagato IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo more impressive than other previous concepts for the video game is that Zagato is looking to do a limited production run of three to five units.
“The IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo was created to drive in the virtual-reality world, a world created by Gran Turismo. There is no mass in the virtual-reality world, as it remains a place that exists only in our imagination. Gran Turismo, however, has enabled us to physically experience the digital realm, processing a seemingly endless stream of data,” said Norihiko Harada, vice president design at Zagato. “Like a Mobius strip, the PlayStation game has allowed ourselves to be transported from reality and thrust into a world of pure fantasy, and then back again. The body style of the IsoRivolta Vision contradicts the sense of oneness that has evolved over the past hundred years of automotive design,” further explained Harada. “Although the canopy and fenders seem to stand out on their own, in the end, the Zagato’s overall design comes together in regard to both its proportions and general ambience. Our next wish is that this car, which was born in Gran Turismo, will take to the road in real life and one day grow larger in your rear view mirror, eventually passing you at high speed. When this happens, you will feel the limits of your imagination being severely tested, blurring reality.”
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