Genesis unveils supercar concept with 10,000rpm hybrid V6

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The X Gran Berlinetta Vision Gran Turismo concept will be available to use in the Gran Turismo 7 video game from next month.


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Genesis has revealed a bold supercar concept known as the X Gran Berlinetta Vision Gran Turismo Concept, designed for the Gran Turismo vidoe game on PlayStation consoles.

While a full-scale model of the concept was unveiled at an event in Spain this week, it has been created for virtual use in the Gran Turismo games – as a partnership between the Hyundai luxury-car division, and the game’s developers – and is not planned to reach showrooms for the time being.

The VGT concept takes inspiration from previous Genesis concept sports cars, such as the Essentia and the Speedium coupe. 

However the VGT appears better suited to race-track driving, with a sleeker shape, muscular wheel arches, centre-lock wheels, and wheel-arch vents.

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Genesis notes the VGT is powered by a “front-mid mounted” V6 petrol engine which gains assistance from a 149kW/265Nm electric motor. 

This petrol engine – which is part of the same ‘Lambda’ family as the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 in the Kia Stinger – is reportedly able to produce 648kW and 1071Nm with a 10,000rpm redline. 

Combined, Genesis claims this hybrid system is good for 798kW and 1336Nm. 

Though no performance data has been revealed for the VGT concept, Genesis claims its drag coefficient is 0.34. 

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On the inside, the VGT concept makes use of a steering ‘yoke’ – similar to an aircraft or Formula One car – in place of the traditional circular wheel. 

A digital instrument cluster is located in the centre of the yoke, flanked by a pair of dials that allow the driver to adjust anti-lock braking and traction-control system settings while driving. 

There are also “quilted bolsters” on the edge of the cabin, which supposedly help with “exiting and entering the car during pit stops.”

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