Some concept cars are merely a preview of upcoming production cars or a vessel for a new powertrain or technology. Concepts like the Subaru Viziv GT Concept are designed to express the philosophy of the parent company, which in this case is a celebration of manufacturing, all-wheel drive…and the world’s hardest food?
Using last year’s Viziv 2 Concept as the base vehicle, the Viziv GT was designed for the Gran Turismo 6 Vision Gran Turismo series of virtual vehicles. The effort has drawn digital contributions from a multitude of automakers, and Subaru’s latest concept again uses a powerful plug-in drivetrain to provide motivation. Three electric motors and a 2.0 liter engine work in tandem to provide 591 horsepower and 593 lb-ft of torque split between four wheels.
Subaru built this concept as a representative of Japanese car manufacturing heritage,using the world’s hardest food, Katsuobushi, to influence their design philosophy. This uniquely Japanese food fits with Subaru’s Dynamic Solid philosophy behind the Viziv 2 and Viziv GT, and forms a mystical car alloy that only exists in the world of Gran Turismo 6.
I’m not going to lie, I don’t totally get it. I do get the nearly 600-horsepower plug-in drivetrain though, and I can totally get behind Subaru’s cool-looking racing coupe. If this is the design path Subaru is heading for, I don’t have any complaints.