Starting now, gamers can drive the new Mini Clubman Vision Gran Turismo in the game Gran Turismo 6 on the PlayStation 3. While the idea of getting behind the wheel of a regular Clubman might not get your heart pumping, this virtual car is much more hardcore having been designed for one thing only: extreme performance.
According to Mini, the vehicle packs a serious punch with a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of only 3.5 seconds. The claimed top speed is 180 mph, which is impressive as well. No engine information has been released for the virtual racer, but Mini has disclosed that it has a sequential 6-speed transmission and permanent all-wheel drive. There are also front and rear adjustable dampers for more in-game tuning fun.
Nobody should miss that the Clubman Vision Gran Turismo has a motorsports-inspired look. A black “X” is placed on each headlight as a tribute to long-distance racers from the brand’s heritage. It also wears extra headlights attached to the grille and wider-than-normal stripes from the hood to the tailgate. The hood and other body panels feature air inlets and ducting, making it clear that the car isn’t running a stock setup. At the rear is a double spoiler for increased downforce.
The whole thing is slung so low it’s almost kissing the track, plus it has a broader track and bulging wheel arches, adding further to the muscular appearance. Completing the look are 22-inch bicolor wheels, quick-release filler cap and hood pins. Mini points out that the front apron and underbody are both constructed using carbon, keeping the curb weight down and allowing the air to slip along.
The big question is if Mini will treat the public to a real-world version of the Clubman Vision Gran Turismo, like other automakers have with their virtual entries in Gran Turismo 6. If Mini has such plans, it’s not saying anything yet.