And because those revs aren't physical, you can forget mechanical sympathy
Peugeot, if you hadn’t noticed, has quite a knack of making mad concept cars. The latest is this, the L750 R Hybrid Vision Gran Turismo. As well as having a name nearly as complex as your online banking password, it’s also, y’know, not real.
The clue is in that clunky name: it joins the long, long list of concept cars created virtually for racing in the Gran Turismo sim series. What started as a nice way to bulk out the game’s car roster had ended up being a very good way for carmakers to show off cars that might be too lengthy or complex to craft for real.
It also means we struggle to take the performance numbers entirely seriously, with no physical car or powertrain to have ever produced them. But we’ll detail them nonetheless.
The L750 R’s name comes from its 750ps (740bhp) total output, produced by a combination of petrol engine (572bhp) and electric motor (168bhp). The former apparently revs to 10,000rpm. Which given it’s an entirely virtual engine, you should do so frequently, as mechanical sympathy really isn’t necessary.
There’s an ‘innovative dual-circuit hydraulic braking system’ while, at 825kg, the L750 R weighs a handy 175kg less than the L500 it’s based upon. Only it doesn’t, because pixels all weigh the same. Presumably.
But ignore our cynicism; its near-900bhp/tonne power-to-weight ratio is beaten only by the Koenigeggs and Venoms of this world. So it ought to be a stellar choice in the game.
It’s also a showcase for ‘Peugeot’s new design language’, though we suspect not a huge amount of it will drip down to the next 308 estate. We do like the War of the Worlds vibe of its rear lights, mind, and its aero profile is incredible.
Like what you see? Or is it about time more of these Vision GT concepts turned into rear cars we can buy? Bugatti kinda managed it with the Chiron, after all…