VW GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo hits the small screen [w/video]

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Automakers are constantly unveiling new concept cars to showcase their brand image and demonstrate where the company is going. But after the concept debuts, and maybe makes the rounds of some local shows, that's pretty much the last we see of it. But what if an automaker could design a concept that it not only showcases at an auto show, but could also let today's video-game generation drive and toy with themselves?

That's the idea behind the Vision Gran Turismo series. Automakers design their concept car, show it off to the public, and then it becomes available to play in Gran Turismo 6, one of the most advanced and popular driving games out there. Mercedes has done it, so has BMW. Mitsubishi has shown off its idea, as has Nissan. Volkswagen revealed its design – the GTI Roadstrer Vision Gran Turismo – at the Wörthersee gathering in Austria, and now its design is ready for the virtual reality of GT6.

The VW GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo, we'll remind you, shares little with the GTI hot hatch it's supposed to evoke. It's an open-top roadster with butterfly doors, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with over 500 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque driving all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. In other words, it's more like an original Golf R32, on steroids, with no roof and a supercar complex.

Gamers will be able to purchase the VW roadster from the Vision GT section in the GT6 garage, or for a limited time, win it by completing a lap in the new Seasonal Event. To mark its debut, we've got a fresh batch of images and a video clip below showing the new concept in-game.
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Introducing the Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo

The "Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo" has been released on "Gran Turismo 6", available exclusively on PlayStation®3. Experience the dynamic action of the all-wheel-drive supercar carrying the GTI DNA and the sports philosophy of Volkswagen.

How to receive it

After Update 1.09 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 Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo

Based on successful GTI DNA, Volkswagen Design has developed a highly distinctive supercar: the "GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo".

The design owes much to the successful history of the GTI: style-defining design elements from the various GTI generations illustrate the extraordinary evolution of this vehicle. Boasting a visionary design, the Roadster promises an immediate driving experience – the extreme acceleration can be experienced directly through the low-cut windscreen.

Powered by a 3.0 twin-turbo VR6 TSI engine, the "GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo" delivers 503 HP(503 BHP)with an enormous torque of 665 Nm(490 lb/ft). The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with sports programming ensures phenomenal acceleration and fast gearshifts on the race track.

An aerodynamically optimized front and rear spoiler, together with an integrated diffuser element at the rear, achieve the required downforce for excellent roadholding. Fitted with 20-inch wheels in size 235/35 (front) and 275/30 (rear), the massive torque can be transferred reliably to the track via 4 driven wheels. The supercar features ventilated ceramic brakes, 14 inches in diameter at the front and 14 inches at the rear.

The "GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo" is presented in a bright, intense metallic red, a modern interpretation of the classic GTI Red.

The result is a fascinating and exceptionally dynamic extreme sports car with a sophisticated design for the race track in which players can gain a unique impression of what it's like to drive in the GTI world.

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 nearby future!

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