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Infiniti Vision GT Concept

Please make this. Please make this. Please make this.

Update: Story amended to fix some wording wonkiness.

If there’s one thing that Infiniti does really, really well, it’s create concept vehicles that look really, really good but really, really have no chance of ever making it to mass production.

We loved the Q80 Inspiration Concept, but we’ll believe that Infiniti is going to make its status quo-shifting fastback happen when we start seeing them in showrooms. Our minds reeled at the SYNAPTIQ Concept that won the 2014 Los Angeles Design Challenge People’s Choice Award, but we doubt that this F1 racer/dune buggy/friggin’ jet will even see any accurate physical representation by the far-off year of 2029, never mind a production run.

Infiniti Vision GT Concept | Infiniti SYNAPTIQ


Content to keep up this reputation as an ambitious builder of things that we won’t be able to buy, Infiniti is offering its first look at its Vision GT project. Here’s the good news: it looks ridiculously cool—almost like a Batmobile, even, which is pretty convenient given that the teaser image’s washed-out black-and-white aesthetic with just a splash of red reminds us ever-so-slightly of  the cover for Arkham City.

Infiniti Vision GT Concept

It’s the concept we deserve, but not the one we need right now

There’s little known about the Infiniti Vision GT concept, which will join a list of program participants that includes Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Volkswagen. Each vehicle has been or will be offered as DLC for Gran Turismo 6 for PlayStation3, and even a few examples—most notably parent company Nissan’s CONCEPT 2020, which could foreshadow a new GT-R—have been built as real-world examples.

Let’s hope that Infiniti follows Nissan’s lead and physically manifests its Vision GT concept for some far-off auto show. At least that way, we’ll have something tangible that we can gawk lovingly at, even if it only enhances the degree of disappointment we feel when it doesn’t actually result in anything.

Infiniti Vision GT Concept

*cues up En Vogue*

  • Just had to chime in as there’s a woeful amount of misinformation here.

    I’ll start with your last paragraph (copied verbatim to include your poor sentence structure and grammatical errors):

    “Let’s hope that Infiniti follows Nissan’s lead and makes a production version of its Vision GT concept so that we have at least a real example to fawn over and for which we can ultimately disappointment upon learning we’ll never get it.”

    Sorry to burst your bubble but Nissan did not – and will not – build a ‘production version’ of the Vision 2020. Unless you play GT6, neither you nor anyone else will be ‘getting it’ – just like every other vehicle developed for the game.

    Concept cars, by historical definition, are designed to gauge public reaction when they’re displayed on manufacturers’ stands of the world’s auto shows. They’re not production cars. Production means they’re actually being *produced* and sold, even to a limited number of buyers.

    By that definition the Nissan Vision 2020 isn’t even a concept car. It’s more of a virtual creation that was developed as a full-scale clay model for Goodwood; like the Mercedes AMG Vision or Chevy Chaparral that were shown in LA. The fact that these have been developed in full-scale doesn’t make them more production ready.

    The Infiniti Q80, on the other hand, is a concept car. It’s a precursor to showcase the design language the automaker is looking to implement on future vehicles – i.e. we’ll see some of its design elements on future products. It stands little chance of making it to showrooms as is for a number of reasons. I won’t waste my time getting into that here.

    The Synaptiq is also a concept, though it was the answer to a brief set out by the LA auto show Design Challenge. All of the vehicles created for the competition are entirely fictional. Each concept was created to push boundaries and envisage the future for HMI in cars. It’s a study, and we may or may not see aspects of that appear in dealerships in the future.

    In summary, concept cars are not production cars. The fact that some of today’s concepts have become thinly veiled production teasers and less of an idealist interpretation of the future is a shame, but you still can’t buy one and drive it off the show stand.


    • Kyle Johnson

      Hi Eric,

      It seems like you expended an awful lot of effort on an overwrought reply when you could have instead responded with, “hey, those last couple of sentences are off, so you might want to take a second pass and change some words around.” But you do you.

      I went ahead and shaped that post up a bit, so it should be quite a bit clearer. Thanks for looking out, in any case.