What Is It?
Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
And indeed it sort of is, as Mercedes is readying its next elite performance car for worldwide sales in 2014. Unlike the SLS, this car will target the heart of the high-end sports car market: That would be Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-Type territory.
The showcar here at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show is officially a 15th birthday present to Sony's Gran Turismo driving game franchise courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. Developed in Sindelfingen, Germany (with interior design help from Benz's design studio in Como, Italy), it's a scale model of a car you'll be able to drive next month, provided you've purchased a Playstation 4 and a copy of GT6.
There's no denying that the AMG Vision Gran Turismo has the right sort of whimsical details for an SLS successor. It has gullwing doors, naturally, and although it looks modern, the grille is cribbed from the 1952 300SL racecar. The twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 engine, which shares all its basic specs with the current-generation SL63 AMG, is said to be "front-mid" mounted, yet Mercedes and Polyphony Digital apparently weren't able to package a rear window. We expect the production sports car, which will also be a front-engine/rear-drive car, to have this feature.
The showcar's dimensions are quite weird, too. Its wheelbase and overall length are a great deal longer than either the SLS or the SL63 — mostly due to an outlandishly long hood — yet it's also quite a bit narrower. Thanks to an aluminum unit-body and various unspecified carbon-fiber components, it's also quite light by Mercedes-Benz standards, weighing in at a proposed 3,053 pounds, which is 500 pounds less than the SLS (360 less than the SLS Black Series).
And, man, is it ever low: The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo sits just 3.1 inches off the ground, so stay well away from the curbing.
What Edmunds Says: For $59.99 (and an unspecified number of in-game credits), you can own this supercar. For a great deal more, you can get on the waiting list to own Benz's next sports car.
Engine: Front-mounted, twin-turbocharged and direct-injected 5.5-liter V8
Power: 577 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm, 590 pound-feet of torque @ 2,000-4,500 rpm
Redline: 6,400 rpm
Transmission: Seven-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission
Body structure: Aluminum unit-body
Suspension: Fully independent double-wishbone
Brakes: 15.8-inch carbon-ceramic disc (front), 14.2-inch carbon-ceramic disc (rear)
Wheels: 21-by-9.5 inches (front), 22-by-12 inches (rear)
Tires: 275/30ZR21 (front), 335/25ZR22 (rear)
Dimensions: 189.8 inches long, 43.7 inches high, 78.7 inches wide, 110.4-inch wheelbase
Track: 68.3 inches (front), 67.2 (rear)
Ground clearance: 3.1 inches (watch that curbing, will you?)
Curb weight: 3,053 pounds
Price: $59.99 for Gran Turismo 6, plus $399.99 for a Playstation 4 (you pre-ordered one, right?)