At the Gran Turismo World Series World Finals in Barcelona, Spain, Genesis debuted its X Gran Berlinetta Vision Gran Turismo Concept. The automobile will be available in Gran Turismo 7 in January 2024.
The X Gran Berlinetta VGT Concept is a reflection of what Genesis terms “Athletic Elegance,” and was created to both showcase and preview the brand’s current design approach.
In this case, that meant designing a cab-rearward design with the driver behind the front-mid placed powerplant while adhering to the brand’s “anti-wedge” ideology and employing what senior chief designer John Krsteski refers to as a virtual parabolical tensioned theory design.
The concept showcases Genesis’ redesigned front fascia, which includes a fresh version of the “Crest Grille” that uses its signature “two lines” that run across the front and rear of the car as lighting features.
Both the front and back have sections that allow air to enter through the body, either side of the upper element at the nose, and through the back in both vertical and horizontal directions. It results in an overall drag coefficient of 0.34 for the vehicle.
The entire vehicle is finished in the brand’s eye-catching Magma Orange color, which was inspired by Korea’s volcanoes as well as “the emotion, passion, and vibrancy” of Korean culture.
Under the hood is a small Lambda V6 engine capable of producing up to 870hp and 790lbft of torque while spinning at up to 10,000rpm.
This is supplemented by Genesis E-SC technology, with the Yasa E motor producing 201hp and 196lbft. This results in a total of 1071hp and 986lbft distributed to all four wheels.
Inside, the Genesis VGT follows the brand’s “White Space” philosophy, producing a minimalist atmosphere for the driver. A digital panoramic interface serves as an information hub, connected to the surround digital monitoring system, allowing clear views of neighboring vehicles.
The steer-by-wire grip controls are — appropriately — inspired by the classic design of the PlayStation controller, while the car sports traditional Genesis features like the knurled dials and padded, quilted bolsters that, in this application, direct the driver’s legs towards the pedals and protect them from the all-carbon interior.
“Our goal was to create a timeless design rooted in the essence of motorsport,” said Krsteski. We have an extraordinarily diversified global design team that is passionate about cars and racing.
“The designers jumped at the chance to create a race car with Genesis design elements as well as technical performance attributes.” It has served as a source of inspiration for our other programs.”
Players who watch the Manufacturer’s Cup broadcast in GT7 from 1900UTC on December 2nd and onwards will have early access to the Genesis X Gran Berlinetta VGT Concept.
To receive the car straight in your garage in the January update, simply click on the campaign banner in the top right corner of the GT7 world map screen any time before 2359UTC on December 10.