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From Mercedes-Benz, video-game dreams rendered real

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Editor of BBC Autos, Matthew is a former editor at Automobile Magazine and the creator of the digital-only Roadtrip Magazine. His automotive and travel writing has appeared in such magazines as Wired, Popular Science, The Robb Report and Caribbean Travel + Life. He lives in Los Angeles with his wonderful wife and four-year-old daughter.

 

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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
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There is just no denying it: Mercedes-Benz has known how to set the world’s heart aflutter of late.

As a follow-up its Frankfurt motor show-stealing Concept S-Class Coupé, the German automaker presented something decidedly more outlandish – and arresting – at the Los Angeles show on 20 November

Designed for the sixth instalment in the Gran Turismo video game franchise, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo is a futuristic take on Mercedes’ revered 300SL racing car of 1952. Breathtaking on the auto-show floor, the car managed to make a nearby SLS AMG Black Series look positively staid – no small feat.

The Vision Gran Turismo’s fluidic carbon fibre composite body – fitted with gullwing doors, of course – encloses a stiff, lightweight aluminium space-frame structure and one of AMG’s hand-crafted twin-turbo  V8 engines, good for 585 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Curb weight is a trim 3,053lbs, giving the Gran Turismo a weight-to-power ratio of 5.2 pounds per horsepower, a figure that betters the SLS Black’s 5.49lb per hp mark. In other words, the Gran Turismo is, at least theoretically, capable of making the sprint from zero to 60mph in less than 3.5 seconds and pressing on well past 200mph.

Gran Turismo 6 for the Sony PlayStation 3 arrives in December; the AMG Vision Gran Turismo arrives, alas, merely in your dreams.

For more coverage of the 2013 Los Angeles and Tokyo motor shows, click here.