Genesis unveils X Gran Berlinetta Tribute Concept in honor of racing icon

The new Genesis concept is a fitting tribute to a racing legend
  • The Genesis X Gran Berlinetta was designed for the Gran Turismo Vision Series
  • It is also a tribute to an F1 legend
  • The concept is powered by a hybrid unit, delivering over 1,000 hp

Published on Apr 16, 2024 at 12:11PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 22, 2024 at 3:17PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Tom Wood
Genesis X Gran Berlinetta

This is the new Genesis X Gran Berlinetta Tribute Concept.

The name is a bit complicated, but that’s often the case with similar concepts.

But, for once, the X in the name isn’t there for added style points, as it is actually a tribute to an iconic motoring figure.

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Genesis certainly knows how to make beautiful cars, a point the company has already proven on several occasions, including with another X-named concept, the ‘X Convertible‘.

This new concept looks even better and – more importantly – it is a tribute to an icon from the past, Jacky Ickx.

Both the car and the name – because of the letter ‘X’ – pay homage to Belgian racing driver Jacky Ickx, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans six times as well as eight Formula One races.

Finished in Midnight Blue and adorned with a white stripe, which is the same style Ickx used for his helmets, the X Gran Berlinetta is Genesis’ contribution to the Gran Turismo’s Vision series.

The Gran Turismo Vision series, if you’re unfamiliar, is basically an unofficial design contest where automakers design cars that will appear in the video game.

These cars usually only exist in digital forms but, every once in a while, manufacturers create a physical concept too.

That’s the case with this one and – for example – that’s what McLaren did with the Solus GT.

The Genesis X Gran Berlinetta is powered by a V6 unit paired to a small electric unit, putting out over 1,000 horsepower in total.

The engine is in the middle, right between the cabin and the rear wheels, partly because it helps with weight distribution, but also because it makes the car even more visually appealing.

Unfortunately, this is just a concept car and it doesn’t look like Genesis is going to turn this into a production model.

We can dream though, eh?

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