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      05-14-2014, 07:47 AM   #1
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Arrow BMW Introduces BMW Vision Gran Turismo. Hints of M2 Styling?

BMW Launches Vision Gran Turismo Race Car for Gran Turismo 6

Does this hint at the upcoming BMW M2 Coupe styling?

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May 14, 2014

Munich.
A new virtual race car, the BMW Vision Gran Turismo, takes to the racetrack in Gran Turismo® 6, the acclaimed racing title available exclusively on PlayStation®3. The race car, created by BMW Group Design, boasts a virtual three-litre six-cylinder inline engine developed by BMW M GmbH, which promises a peak performance of 404 kW/549 hp, fast laps and optimum handling and control. "The development of the BMW Vision Gran Turismo combines our many years of motorsports experience with signature BMW Design. The race car anticipates future racing trends and allows gaming fans even more to experience BMW racing quality," says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Brand Communication BMW, BMW i, BMW M. Starting this Thursday, visitors to BMW Welt in Munich will also be able to take the BMW Vision Gran Turismo to the virtual track within the BMW M exhibition. Besides PlayStation®3 gaming stations, an additional dedicated racing seat with a specially designed three-screen display will be available making the experience totally immersive, and the closest you can get to driving the car in real life.



Following in the tradition of the successful BMW touring cars of the 1970s, the BMW design team has created an uncompromising road racer for the modern era. Crisp proportions and a dynamic silhouette give the BMW Vision Gran Turismo the appearance of speed, even standing still. Front and rear spoilers ensure optimum down-force, while all air conduction elements reduce drag and lower the vehicle’s total weight through the use of carbon fibre. The paint finish in BMW M colours traces the flow of the airstream, recalling BMW Motorsports successes. Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles said: "The BMW Vision Gran Turismo is pure BMW sportiness and dynamics. It’s a precise driving machine engineered and designed to race and win."

The technology in the BMW Vision Gran Turismo is just as impressive as its uncompromising design. A powerful three-litre six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology delivers a maximum power of 404 kW/549 hp between 6,200 min-1 and 7,300 min-1. Its peak torque of 680 Nm is developed at just 1,900 rpm. A sequential six-speed transmission, operated by gearshift paddles on the steering wheel, distributes engine power to the driven rear axle. The outstanding performance characteristics of the BMW Vision Gran Turismo, which weighs only 1,180 kilograms, include perfect 50:50 axle load distribution.

The BMW Group demonstrates its on-going commitment to the gaming field. The growing relevance of the video game market and its active gaming community means that concepts such as the BMW Vision Gran Turismo, as well as classic and current BMW vehicles, can not only be presented passively in images or trailers, but also experienced in an interactive manner by a wide audience and even taken for a virtual drive.

To mark the game’s 15th anniversary last year, Kazunori Yamauchi, Gran Turismo® creator and president of Polyphony Digital Inc., invited leading automobile manufacturers to contribute to the successful game series. Design departments were called upon to look into the future and share their ground-breaking concept models with the gaming community. The virtual cars will be gradually integrated into the new Gran Turismo® 6 game through online updates. "I was eagerly awaiting what kind of car the people at BMW would come up with. The resulting Vision Gran Turismo car was a sports car that was so clearly BMW, that really shows the DNA of BMW. What makes the Vision GT car so recognizable as a BMW, is in things like its compact size, its wide front and rear overfenders. It maintains the strong angular forms from the past, but the car is also given modern, elegant lines", said Yamauchi. Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design added: „This project means a lot to me, because Kazunori-san shares the same passion for design and driving pleasure as we do at BMW Group. We are pleased to present our very first virtual BMW concept car at GT6."


The Making-Of Video:




BMW Vision Gran Turismo


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      05-14-2014, 09:29 AM   #2
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If we tone down some of the racing details , like the "extra" width and race orientated aerodynamics then it is a window to a future production model.
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If this is to be used as the starting point then made more "realistic" i will be all over the M2.
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They should so use these stylings for next Z4! Compact it a little more so that it's a strict 2-seater, and you're good to go!
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If the M2 gonna look anything close to this I'm gonna be 1st to buy it.
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If we tone down some of the racing details , like the "extra" width and race orientated aerodynamics then it is a window to a future production model.
Make the widebody(flares) as aggressive as the 1M. Then you will have one hell of a good start.
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Wow!! I love the styling of this thing. Sign me up! Scott! I'll take one just like this, with a normal interior! This thing would be such sex driving down the road. I'll take mine in Frozen White though please! No stripes.
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I think this looks awesome! Loving the rear wing and how it integrates into the rest of the aero and body. To me this looks more like a modern E30 M3 than any of the previous cars BMW has linked to the car. ie 135, M235
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Bring it on !!
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Actually...

http://www.2addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=983041
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If we tone down some of the racing details , like the "extra" width and race orientated aerodynamics then it is a window to a future production model.
Don't tone it down!!! Keep it just like this!!!!
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Where do I send my arm and leg????????

I want it!!!!
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Looks good. Can definitely see something like this, but a little more toned down as a possible M2. And not as animated either
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..cant wait!
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It better be below 3200 lbs and not like the M235 piglet! If BMW disappoints here Porsche will get more $$$ than ever before. I already know several folks that jumped the ship and bought a new Cayman S.
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Remove stripes, paint it Matte Black and I'm ready to take delivery
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That's a great looking design..wing and all. I wonder if BMW is going to construct a real life version of this like Mercedes did with their vision Gran Turismo car.


Gonna play GT6 tonight and get this car.
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