Consider the floodgates open on the Vision Gran Turismo movement. Following up on the BMW Vision Gran Turismo and Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo from earlier this month, Mitsubishi's contribution to the range of concept cars has made its debut. This is the Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo, and it might just be our favorite car of the bunch.

Really, this is just a followup to an actual Mitsubishi concept, the Concept XR-PHEV, which we showed you way back in November at the Tokyo Motor Show. As is the case with the Vision Gran Turismo treatment, though, the design has been amped up considerably, creating what looks to our eyes like a Pikes Peak-worthy shooting brake racer. The body is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic while Mitsu's Aerodynamic Engineering Development Group lent their expertise to help the car slice through the air.

Like the standard Concept XR-PHEV, this car is motivated by way of a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Details are limited, although we do know an eight-speed automatic shifts the power to an all-wheel-drive system. Mitsubishi's Super-All Wheel Control is on hand to manage the behavior of each individual wheel.

Take a look up top for a healthy gallery of images and sketches of the Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo. Then head below, for a short video and a press release on the latest addition to Gran Turismo 6.
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Introducing the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo

The "Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo" has been released on "Gran Turismo 6", available exclusively on PlayStation®3. This is a hybrid concept packed with know-how and spirit gained through motorsports. Take this opportunity to experience its driving performance!

How to receive it

After Update 1.08 has been installed, the car can be purchased from the [Vision GT] area within the [CARS] section in "My Home" (here, you can also find the car's presentation movie). Alternatively, it is also possible to obtain the car by completing a lap (regardless of the lap time) in the new Seasonal Event, available only for a limited time.

About the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo

Mitsubishi Motors, a company with a spectacular history in races like the Dakar Rally and World Rally Championships (WRC), has developed a special concept model for Vision Gran Turismo: This is the "Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo".

In the development of this special concept model, Mitsubishi Motors introduced their design team, Advanced Vehicle Research and Development Group, and Aerodynamic Engineering Development Group into this project in the same process they would normally follow to plan and develop real motorsports vehicles.

The styling of the car follows the basic concepts of the "MITSUBISHI Concept XR-PHEV" shown at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, while pouring in know-how gained from years of motorsports experience into its every detail. The result was the evolution of the concept into a stoic racing machine.

The "Athlete Form" design concept was advanced further, emphasizing the driving features aggressively. The iconic front grill is a study of next generation Mitsubishi automobiles, and the shape that forms a wedge starting from the triple diamond mark is designed in the image of an athlete at crouching position on a starting line, evoking an intense image of tension and potential.

Utilizing advanced development technology from the Plug-in Hybrid EV System, the spontaneous power of the motor and powerful torque of the engine is transmitted through an 8 speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) to drive the 4 wheels. It's overwhelming drive performance is controlled precisely with the S-AWC vehicle dynamics control system that distributes the drive force optimally to the 4 wheels, producing a handling characteristic that moves the car exactly as the driver desires.

In addition, the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body reduces weight and greatly contributes to its agility, and the downforce produced by the aerodynamic form of the front and rear diffusers produces excellent cornering performance. The large diameter 20 inch aluminum wheels gives an impression of a tough suspension system, and the powerful appearance of the front and rear fenders is in the image of toned muscles of a powerful athlete.

We hope you enjoy this special concept model, packed with the sports spirit of Mitsubishi Motors.

About Vision Gran Turismo

Vision Gran Turismo is a project in which the world's leading brands develop concept cars for Gran Turismo and its fans. Please look forward to more fantastic car models in line to be released in the near future!


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      danfred311
      • 6 Months Ago
      Facopamo desu
      Rochester
      • 6 Months Ago
      I almost forgot that Mitsubishi still makes cars. No offense.
      djvolvo
      • 6 Months Ago
      I've been a devotee of the Gran Turismo franchise since day 1, but I wish they would decrease their focus on futuristic concepts (and hell, cars from the 90's no one cares about anymore). There are so many contemporary vehicles I would like to see rendered in that game. I suggest they look to the current 2014 WEC grid for starters...
      Bird2112
      • 6 Months Ago
      GranTurismo 6...where fanboy art comes to life. Now I remember why I bought an XBox
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Bird2112
        If you read the article, you would know these and others are created by the designers of those manufacturers. Not just 'fanboy art'. I'm sure the manufacturers are learning some new tricks as well, on how to optimize their workflow in this process overall.
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Bird2112
        If you read the article, you would know these and others are created by the designers of those manufacturers. Not just 'fanboy art'. I'm sure the manufacturers are learning some new tricks as well, on how to optimize their workflow in this process overall.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 6 Months Ago
      Can't keep the Evo alive, so I'm skeptical we would ever see this in anything other than a concept. Next.
      brotherkenny4
      • 6 Months Ago
      Sure, what they say they can do is this. What they give us is the google car pictured in the next story.
      • 6 Months Ago
      The 1.07 update is 946Mb in size, containing a BMW Vision car. The update to 1.08 isb1.4Gb in size, contains this car, but also new Ayrton Senna content, kart and lotus f1 car from the 80s, and one or two updated tracks (Monza and Brands Hatch, both from the 80s). In my case, hadnt played this game for a while, both needed to be downloaded before you can play / race this car. After the download, be prepared for about 30-40 mins of installation time...
      • 6 Months Ago
      Hey auto blog, what's with all these double posts? Seems the system is not responding after submitting; but sometimes the post goes through, sometimes not...
      Aaron N
      • 6 Months Ago
      It's a Mitsubishi Honda Hyundai Civic Type R Veloster Turbo Concept XR PHEV Gran Turismo... Acid should be pretty happy about this since he was shot down in the F-150 Aluminum prototype article when he said Mitsubishi had that technology 10 years ago, even though they don't even have a pickup anymore.
      username
      • 6 Months Ago
      Looks like the designer sneezed when at the front pillar...
      FranknsteinBlack
      • 6 Months Ago
      Mitsu, we wont get excited and come back until we can put our backsides in one! Starion, 3000 vr4, Eclipse AWD turbo? What happened? You left us so we left you. Sayin...
      • 6 Months Ago
      The 1.07 update is 946Mb in size, containing a BMW Vision car. The update to 1.08 isb1.4Gb in size, contains this car, but also new Ayrton Senna content, kart and lotus f1 car from the 80s, and one or two updated tracks (Monza and Brands Hatch, both from the 80s). In my case, hadnt played this game for a while, both needed to be downloaded before you can play / race this car. After the download, be prepared for about 30-40 mins of installation time...
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