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Infiniti Vision Gran Turismo 6 Concept Teased

Posted by Stephen On Friday, December 12th, 2014

2014 Infiniti GT6 Vision Concept

The Gran Turismo Vision garage is quickly becoming our favorite source of new automotive concepts. The latest automaker to release a concept for the virtual lineup is Infiniti, and their contribution to the video game’s 15th anniversary Vision challenge was teased today ahead of its full reveal at an unannounced later date. As you continue reading, you’ll get a look at each of the two infinity GT6 teasers, plus a couple good theories about what the concept could mean for the premium automaker:

Infiniti GT6 Vision Concept teaser

In case you’ve forgotten, Gran Turismo has already challenged several other automakers to contribute their version of a grand tourer sports car. Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, Mitsubishi, Audi, Honda, Chevrolet, Subaru, Toyota, BMW and even Infiniti’s parent company, Nissan, have all offered up their own answers to the GT6 Vision Challenge.

You may remember that Nissan actually manufactured a 2020 Concept show car that they brought to the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year. It’s no surprise at all that the two early teasers we’ve seen for Infiniti’s Vision Gran Turismo 6 concept bear a slight resemblance to Nissan’s model. If anything, the Infiniti Vision GT6 concept looks like a curvier Nissan 2020. Here’s a quick look at the 2020 Concept:

2014 Nissan Gran Turismo Vision 2020 Concept

There are several design elements that really stand out when looking at the teasers for the Infiniti GT6 concept. We love the deep-cut side sills and the inversely-angled rear spoiler. The whole car looks very muscular, right down to the tendon-like nature of the A-pillar; kind of like a fusion between a fighter jet and a jungle cat. Even with these limited-view renderings, there is a clear depth to the design, so that the more you look at it, the more there is to see.

We can’t wait to see a full reveal of the concept, hopefully before the end of the year!

Now, obviously a car designed for a video game probably won’t ever make it to production, at least not without some serious changes. And let us be clear that there is no word from Infiniti execs on the matter of production intent – the Vision concept that Gran Turismo 6 players will be able to download and drive via an upcoming downloadable patch should be taken as nothing more than a study until an official source tells us otherwise.

With all of that being said…

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

Infiniti’s former CEO, Johan de Nysschen, had clearly expressed that he planned to add two new high-end sports cars to the premium automaker’s lineup within the next few years. One was to be a four-door coupe; the other was a two-door mystery car. We already saw the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept (above) at the Paris Motor Show, which was a four-door coupe. Could this GT6 Vision Concept point towards a future two-door production car? It’s not guaranteed, but it’s certainly possible.

Stay tuned to Integrity Exports to see the full Infiniti GT6 Vision Concept as soon as it’s revealed.


Mitsubishi Unveils XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Concept on PS3

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Earlier this year, Mitsubishi made official plans to axe their Lancer Evo sports car, but it seems that they’re already making plans to reinvigorate the Evo lineup. In doing so, they’ve unleashed a concept that – for the first time in recent memory – is actually exciting to look at.

The only problem?

It only exists in the virtual world. It’s the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Concept as seen in the Gran Turismo 6 video game for the PlayStation 3:

2014 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Concept

Even if this is a car that only exists in the digital realm, you have to admit that it’s one you’d like to take for a spin. And you can if you’re a PS3 gamer; the XR-PHEV is part of the Gran Turismo 6 Vision Initiative, which has automakers from around the world submit concepts to feature in-game. Last December we’d heard that Toyota would feature a Supra concept in GT6, but this is the first we’ve heard – or seen – of Mitsubishi’s contribution.

So, what exactly are we looking at?

The XR-PHEV concept features what Mitsubishi has dubbed the “Athlete Form” design language, which speaks to the rally racer’s lean and muscular exterior, like that of a sprinter ready to pounce at the starting gun shot.

To give you a little bit of context, Mitsubishi originally showed an XR-PHEV Concept last November (below) which was intended to showcase a possible direction for the next-gen Outlander, ETA unknown. Thus, the sports car seen in Gran Turismo 6 is actually a refined version of the XR-PHEV CUV. You can clearly see the similarities between the two vehicles.

2013 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept

Just like the original crossover concept, the XR-PHEV Evolution Vision features, you guessed it, a Plug-in Hybrid EV engine… At least, it would if it were a real car. The PHEV powertrain would likely be turbocharged and connected to an eight-speed dual clutch transmission, topped off with 20-inch aluminum wheels.

2014 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III

Obviously, Mitsubishi will probably never produce a production-ready version of the XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Concept. However, they are bringing a car that bears a slight resemblance to the upcoming Pikes Peak Hill Climb (above), although it will be the third year in a row that they’ve used the same car. Still, if nothing else this shows that Mitsubishi is maintaining a tenuous hold on their motorsports potential, so perhaps a toned-down version of the XR-PHEV Evo Vision isn’t totally out of the question.

Either way, if you’d like to see Mitsubishi’s newest racing concept in virtual action, we’ll leave you with the demo video below: