No, Porsche is not creating a new racing series for Marvel’s favorite android superhero. Porsche is instead joining the shockingly long list of manufacturers to create a bespoke concept for the Gran Turismo series. When Gran Turismo reached its fifteenth year back in 2013 the developers reached out to manufacturers to create concepts to include in the game and began a remarkable string of cars. Twenty-seven such cars have since been created for both Gran Turismo 6 and Gran Turismo Sport from manufacturers as varied as Volkswagen and Iso.
While a recent Autoblog post affirms that Porsche has agreed to participate in the program, we do not yet know what the new Vision Gran Turismo car will look like. In any case this is a big step forward for a marque that was once represented in Gran Turismo solely by Ruf.
In recent years Porsche themselves have produced several compelling concepts that could neatly fill the niche. We like the 917 Living Legend design study that came out last year, though that study didn’t come with a proposed powertrain or performance stats.
Likewise, the 908-04 concept developed by a group of off-hours Chery designers last year is also an interesting choice, and continues the futuristic theme used by other past Vision GT cars. That design study pulled elements from the 908LH, 917, Mission E, and the 919, tying together disparate decades of design into a surprisingly cohesive whole. Unlike the 917 Living Legend the 908-04 was even designed with an interior.
Porsche will likely want to create a wholly new design for the game, as that is the precedent laid out by all the preceding manufacturers to participate. The strength of offerings like these sets an extremely high bar for Porsche’s forthcoming digital effort.
What feature from Porsches past or present would you like to see on a Vision Gran Turismo? What could this digital hypercar feature to help bring the excitement of Porsche to a younger gaming audience?