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California premiere.

For the new PlayStation® 3 racing game Gran Turismo® 6, the Mercedes-Benz designers have developed the visionary concept of a super sports car – the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo. Extreme proportions, sensual contours and intelligently implemented high tech blend to form a breathtaking body. As a 1:1-scale model, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo is celebrating its world premiere at the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, California.

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Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo – Trailer

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Muscular bodyshell.

The sports car proportions that are a typical Mercedes-Benz feature have been reinterpreted: the long bonnet has a flowing transition into a compact greenhouse offset to the rear, which takes the form of an aerodynamically efficient water drop to descend slightly at the rear, where it rests on the rear end with broad shoulder contours.

The dynamic aura is accentuated by an extended, dramatic side contour and a pronounced bulge to the wheel arches, which blend into the low-slung, muscular bodyshell. The angled headlamps, with their colour scheme and determined look, convey a sense of sportiness and readiness to leap forward.

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Making of the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

LED grille.

Another eye-catching feature is the radiator grille – a reinterpretation of the wide Mercedes-Benz sports car grille with central star. Its shape is reminiscent of the legendary 300 SL racing car of 1952. However, instead of classic louvres the grille of the show car features exclusively LEDs. The variable LED grille with different light patterns is a further development of the diamond grille introduced with the new A-Class.

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The AMG Vision concept may look to the future, but several of its inspirations are clearly from the past. There are nods to the classic 300SL and the current SLS AMG in its shape, though its gorgeous side profile is a big departure. The car's aerodynamics look much improved and the heavy use of LED lights gives it a far more futuristic look, bringing the Jaguar C-X75 concept to mind from a number of angles. Those iconic gullwing doors are retained, though.

The body is an aluminium space frame, while a number of the Vision’s components are made from carbonfibre. As a result, the kerb weight is rated at 1385kg – around 250kg less than a regular SLS. And the Vision’s 577bhp, 590lb ft 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 (borrowed from the new E63 AMG S) ensures its 0-60 time and top speed will be an improvement over the SLS AMG’s respective 4.1sec and 197mph. A sports exhaust system with eight rear tailpipes also promises a fairly epic soundtrack to match the performance.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept (2013) - Design Sketch










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