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The Mercedes Gran Turismo Vision: How The Future Makes Us Lust

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The Gran Turismo Vision concept may be the first time in history an actual car has been built only for use in a video game. Unless Activsion made cinder-block racecars for the Atari Grand Prix cartridge. The result is futuristic, inspired by heritage, and absolutely stunning.

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The car has classic sports-car proportions, but wildly exaggerated — improbably low, a long, long hood, and a rear so short and pert you feel pervy just looking at it.

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The grille is a standout detail — it's patterned after heritage Benz racecars like the 300 SL, but is made of a grid of widely-spaced LED lights in a matrix that can display animations and patterns. It sounds cheesy on paper, but in practice it's very striking and adds a lot of dynamism to the car even when it's still. I saw patterns that suggested, of course, the Knight Rider roving-eye thing, and also ones that seemed to suggest vintage driving lights and grille bars. It's pretty damn cool.

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The rear also has some fantastic light treatments, with a long, unbroken red taillight pipe belting the rear, bisecting the delightfully Tron-bonkers array of eight exhuast exits.

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The car will end up in the game, of course, and while it's not clear just how drivable the car actually is, it's amazing to see something that looks like a 3D rendered fantasy in the real world.

UPDATE: Ok, there were certainly many cars that came before that were made exclusively for video games.

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So AMG makes a new bodykit, eh?