My dear reader, you are looking at the
Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupe. And I’m sure you’ll agree with me it’s one of
the most striking concept cars to date. But out of all the concepts we lusted
over – case in point, the Lamborghini
Terzo Millenio, Mitsubishi
Mi-Tech, and Lexus
LF-30 most recently – the Jaguar Vision GT Coupe is the most unique.
You see, Vision Gran Turismo Coupe is the
first virtual all-electric sports car from Jaguar, with particular emphasis on ‘virtual.’
It’s a full-blown electric racing car, but you can only drive it in the Gran
Turismo Sport video game. Unlike other concept cars with a ‘look but don’t
touch’ vibe, the Jaguar Vision GT Coupe is as real as it gets, but only in the
Here’s the good news: The Jaguar Vision GT
Coupe is available for download when Gran Turismo Sport arrives in November
2019 for the Sony Playstation 4. As with all hardcore racing games, online races
tend to last for many hours. This got us thinking about range since the Vision
GT Coupe is an all-electric car.
But since it only exists in the virtual
world (for now, at least), who cares about range? The fact is you download and drive
the car without thinking of charging the damn thing in the middle of a race.
The Vision GT Coupe needs to turn heads. It
is, after all, a Jaguar from the ground up, so it better has beauty on the
agenda. And in this regard, The Vision GT Coupe will make you want to grab that
controller and race to your heart’s content.
According to Jaguar, the Vision GT Coupe is
the ultimate expression of Jaguar DNA combining the classic looks of the C-Type
and D-type racing cars. But in my eyes, the Vision GT Coupe is one-part E-Type with
a ridiculously long hood and one-part XJ220. The futuristic design is courtesy of
Jaguar designers having complete freedom to develop what a Jaguar racing car
would look like in the future.
We’re not talking about a small, compact, or
economical EV. So yes, the Jaguar Vision GT Coupe is as fast as hypercars get. The
car has three electric motors – two in the back and one in the front. All told,
the motors churn out 1,020-horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque.
With that much power, the Vision GT Coupe
scoots from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds. The top speed is rated at 200
mph. With a near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution and lightweight
construction, the Vision GT Coupe has enough oomph to give the Lotus
Evija and Pininfarina
Battista a serious run for the money, but only it if were real, of course.
Electric cars are known for many things, but what really makes them appealing is the ride silence. With no boisterous combustion motor to think about, EVs are as silent as the average battery-powered golf cart. However, the same can’t be said of the Jaguar Vision GT Coupe.
The distinctive racing sound was created by recording the engine sound of a 1957 603 Long Nose D-Type, which won podium finishes at Le Mans. If you really want to know, the iconic soundtrack of the Vision GT Coupe is from the race-spec 3.8-liter engine in the racing D-Type, albeit intertwined with a futuristic electric soundtrack for some added flair.
Is there a chance the Vision GT Coupe will
enter production? Probably not, but at least Jaguar is keeping our hopes alive
on finally seeing an all-electric hypercar with the leaping cat logo.