Genesis is known for making cushy, good-looking luxury vehicles that compete with the likes of Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. But while it may have some performance-oriented models, it doesn’t have a presence in motorsports at the moment.
And now, the Korean automaker has unveiled concept cars that signal its interest in racing through its collaboration with Gran Turismo. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen cars launched via the popular video game, and these virtual models could make the jump to the real world one way or another.
First up is the G70 GR4 GT. It’s essentially a G70 sedan that has been modified to meet FIA GT4 regulations (called Group 4 in GT Sport). The G70 GR4 GT features a black-and-rose-gold livery, aggressive aerodynamics, and disc wheels. There’s no word on what changes were made to the powertrain, but expect it to use the same 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that’s also found in the Kia Stinger.
Next is the X GR3. This is a virtual what-if of the already stunning X Concept shown a few months back. The clean lines of the concept car have been traded for flared DTM-esque bodykit. A massive wing, disc wheels at the front, and seven-spoke rims at the back complete the design. The X Concept is an EV, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the in-game version gets a race-spec piston engine.
The final vehicle is the brand’s entry into the Vision Gran Turismo project. The design is still up in the air, but the car is described as an “elite racing vehicle” and could take on one of three forms: GR1 Alpha_DB, GR1 Bravo_GB and GR1 Charlie_ET. If these names are anything to go by, it might compete in the game’s Group 1 category composed of FIA Group C racers (such as the Mazda 787B and the Nissan R92CP) and other futuristic machines (such as the Audi e-Tron Vision Gran Turismo).
Now, before you boot up your PlayStation 4 in excitement, there’s no info yet on when these three vehicles will make it to the game. If we’re lucky, we’ll get them via an update for Gran Turismo Sport, or we’ll just have to wait for these vehicles to appear on Gran Turismo 7 next year.