There are very few modern cars we can call beautiful. The new Genesis X Gran Berlinetta Concept is one of them. It just showed up in Barcelona at the GT World Series World Finals. It's a model built to show the gaming car that will be drivable in the video game in early 2024. Needless to say, we want our very own version in the metal just so we can gawk at it all day long. This car is a thing of beauty. It comes close to upstaging the slinky Genesis X Concept from 2021.
It makes use of Genesis' Athletic Elegance design philosophy, and it looks like nothing else the brand has ever created. Clad in Magma orange and black, the car is sinewy, and sexy, and it looks like it was truly built for speed. The Genesis crest grille is now a super-wide opening that's outlined by LEDs that turn into the Quad Lights that are on the current line of Genesis vehicles. That same lighting signature extends past the front fenders and partially past the vent opening. The deep sculpting of the body and doors is one of the best executions we've seen in, well, forever.
The parallel lighting elements make their way across the full width of the back. That tail section might just be the most stunning aspect of the car's design. There's a huge elliptical spoiler that wraps around the concave rear fascia. You can see the taillights peeking out from the side cutouts, a downright breathtaking detail. The huge rear diffuser provides tons of downforce, and there's an afterburner rain/brake light set in the middle. Is there any question what this car is about?
In terms of power, there's no real engine in this model, and Genesis doesn't make an actual version of the virtual X Gran Berlinetta's V6 that spools up to 10,000 rpm and provides 870 horsepower and 790 ;lb-ft of torque. It's coupled with a Yasa e-motor that's good for 201 hp and 196 lb-ft, and the grand total is 1,071 hp and 986 lb-ft. That is some serious power that should be made evident in its performance on the virtual track.
The X Gran Berlinetta will show up on the Gran Turismo video game in January of 2024. For gamers to get access to drive the car, they have to watch the Manufacturer’s Cup broadcast in GT7. We're sure it will a thrill to ogle it on your TV, but we'd rather drive it in real life. The likelihood that this will ever get built? Not much.