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Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo becomes an unofficial reality

Stop the Internet. Someone’s only gone and built the Vision Gran Turismo concept.

You will soon be able to buy the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo, a concept created to mark 15 years since the video game of the same name first graced the original PlayStation, but only in an unofficial capacity.

J&S Worldwide Holdings of Florida has announced it will be building five of the Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo concept cars, with two going to the Middle East, two to Europe and one to our US cousins.

The car is completely unofficial – as in, Mercedes had absolutely nothing to do with it – which is why the Vision uses the Mercedes SLS AMG GT as a base, with a sculptured carbon fibre body stuck on top adding those astonishing looks of the Gran Turismo 6 car.

Before you complain about it not being ‘real’, try not to lose sight of the fact it’s based on a car with a 6.2-litre V8 that produces 591 ponies and will hit 0 to 62mph in 3.7 seconds before topping out well over 200mph. It helps, too, that all that carbon has saved 90kg in weight.

The Vision Gran Turismo concept comes with custom wheels made by ADV, a retractable spoiler for increasing and decreasing downforce when needed, a custom exhaust, a one-off interior chosen by the buyer and that lovely but ultimately high-maintenance chrome paintjob.

As good as this bootlet version looks, we still want Mercedes to make an official version. Sadly, the company has said: “There are no plans for Mercedes-Benz or Mercedes-AMG to build this in reality.” Pity.

So how much does it cost for the privilege of owning an officially concept car from a video game made by an unofficial vendor? US$1.5 million. Look at the pictures then jog on.

Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo concept pictures

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