Monday, April 6, 2015

Take a look at the Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo

Subaru has fully revealed the fully-digital Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo, which will find its way into Gran Turismo 6 when the next update happens. It took up the mantle from the Viziv 2 Concept that debuted at the Geneva show earlier this year, but this is clearly a much more extreme version of a vaguely similar idea.

A dried fish? Yes, but think of it more like the Japanese version of truffles, a savory delicacy. And katsuobushi is hard, like wood. The device to shave it looks like a woodworker's tool. It's a delicacy with an iconic shape. Very Japanese, right?

Leaving the katsuobushi aside, the virtual Viziv GT is powered (virtually) by a 2-liter boxer four featuring both direct injection and turbocharging to the tune of 591 imaginary horsepower.

The Viziv GT has one fun detail: little lights over each fender that light up when the axle is receiving torque vectoring courtesy of three electric motors, one up front and two in the rear, which provide AWD. Subaru compares it to their iconic "Symmetrical AWD" in an attempt to link it to their road-going cars, but this is a hybrid system unlike anything the company is doing now.

Maybe it's where the company is headed? Mitsubishi is already going down that road. Enthusiasts will scream bloody murder, but this could be a sneak peek at a hybridized, CUV-like future for the iconic WRX and STI. Or it could just be a digital flight of fancy, which of course it is.