Jaguar’s recently unveiled concept car, the Vision GT Coupé, isn’t on display at car show or some private event. Instead, the car is only available in the racing video game Grand Turismo Sport. Why? Well it seems like Jaguar wanted to really experiment with their design language without spending the extra resources on building a physical concept car. Despite the fact that isn’t real, Jaguar still seems to have put a lot of thought and effort in this design.
Unrestricted by reality, the Vision GT Coupé is wildly low and futuristic. However it isn’t entirely forward-looking, as its design is inspired by past Jaguar models. The GT’s voluptuous fenders, low-drag shape, and oval-shaped grill come from Jaguar icons like the D-Type and C-Type. More futuristic than nostalgia is its cockpit-like interior and the “on-board artificial intelligence system” named KITT-E. I feel like the latter detail should’ve been left out of the concept, but I guess I’ll let it slide since it’s only just video game car.
Jaguar even gave their virtual concept plenty of specs and details, because why not? Their imaginary concept will weigh just over 3 thousand pounds, thanks to its (fake) carbon fiber monocoque construction, and three electric motors will slingshot the Vision GT Coupé from 0 to 60 in under two seconds. Jaguar also gave it just over a thousand horsepower and a top speed of over 200 mph. And while the Vision GT is flying around the track at those insane speeds, it won’t be silent like every other electric car would. This concept was gifted the glorious soundtrack produced by the straight-six engine of the Le Mans racing D-Type.
I have to admit, it’s a little strange how real Jaguar is treating this car given that its only purpose is for the Gran Turismo video game. Admittedly, it is a gorgeous design. Its sculpted sides and sleek roofline create an imposing appearance. I really hope this car is more than just a flex of Jaguar’s design skills because Jaguar’s lineup could use a flagship car like this to represent their brand. Don’t be surprised if a more realistic version of the Vision GT Coupé is unveiled by Jaguar in the near future.