GT by Citroën Will Leave Us in the Dust, For Real

December 15, 2008
Citroen GT Concept

Citroen GT Concept

Back in October at the Paris Motor Show, Citroën unveiled the GT by Citroën (or sometimes, more annoyingly, the GTbyCitroën). It was a concept car, and like many concept cars, it was supersnazzy. Unlike many concept cars, however, the GT was designed for a videogame. That's right: working in conjunction with driving simi studio Polyphony Digital, Citroën created the car exclusively for the virtual raceways of Gran Turismo 5: Prologue.

Of course, unveiling a car on screen isn't nearly as dramatic as doing so in 3D, so for Paris, Citroën built a lifesize replica. It was appropriately shiny and sleek and escorted by a dieselpunk-ish booth babe. And then people moved on to other things.

Now, two months later comes some rather cool news--at least for collectors and for Gran Turismo fans. Apparently, PSA Peugeot Citroën's director of style, Jean-Pierre Ploué, has indicated that the GT will be produced for real, in a very limited edition. Of 20. (In the vid below, Polyphony's director Kazanori Yamauchi alludes to this, too.)

The big question is: what'll make the real-life version go? In Gran Turismo, the car is powered by a fuel cell with zero emissions and over 700hp. Is Citroën going to go for the gold, or will they just plop that chic exterior on top of a 2CV and call it a day?

Oh, and one more big question: with the global economy in the tank, who's going to be buying these things?--Richard Read

GT by Citroën au Mondial de l'Automobile de Paris 2008
by ramboII


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