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Gran turismo

  All the latest news on the most famous car video game: Gran Turismo. News, reviews, videos, car list and more.

When Gran Turismo released its video racing simulator franchise four years ago with Nissan , that partnership eventually led to Gran Turismo: The Academy . Just like all genius ideas, further ideas sprout from said original idea to create another idea that leads to...well, you get the picture.

That’s why it comes as no surprise to us that the Gran Turismo 5: GT Academy Edition is dropping onto shelves in the next month. The pack - or in this case, disc - will include all the packs Gran Turismo has made available in the past couple years. Yep, you’ll get treated to Car Packs 1, 2, and 3, as well as Course Packs 1 and 2. It’ll also contain a Special Paint Pack, a Racing Gear Pack, and the cherry on top of the sundae, the Nissan GT-R that was used at the Nurburgring 24-Hour Endurance Race by Kazunori Yamauchi.

For the affordable price of €29.99 - that’s about $28 based on current rates - you can have all of it in one pretty cool package. Check out the video and you’ll probably be counting down the days to its release after you’re done.

Polyphony Digital has announced the addition of two new packs for their Gran Turismo 5 sim racing video game: the ’Twin Ring Motegi Pack’ and ’Scion FR-S ’12’ DLC. The best part of this announcement is that the FR-S will be available as a free download, in hopes of bumping up the amount of downloads taking place.

The new Twin Ring Motegi Pack, however, does not come free of charge, but includes the Twin Ring Motegi ’Road Course,’ the ’Super Speedway,’ the ’East Course,’ and the ’West Course’. For only $5, gamers will be able to try out the famous racetrack in Japan with its large variety of layouts.

The ’Scion FR-S ’12’ DLC is FREE and adds the new Scion FR-S to the gamer’s own garage. As a reminder, the model is powered by a 2.0-liter front boxer engine that delivers a total of 200 horsepower and 151 lb/ft of torque. The engine can then be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. On the US market, the FR-S is priced from $24,930.

The first downloadable package for the new Gran Turismo 5 became available back in October, followed by a second upgrade package for December, and now GT5 honchos have come up with a third update to to add to the collection. Think they’re overdoing it a bit? Yeah, so do we, but making money is always at the forefront of these decisions.

The new 2.03 update package includes 12 new home themes and wallpapers, better tire wear prediction in B-Spec races, and adjustments to the Chaparral 2J race car’s performance point index. Gamers can also choose between two different packages. Car Pack 3 includes models like the Nissan Leaf , the 2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage , the 2011 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 , the 2011 MINI Cooper S Countryman , and the classic Volkswagen Beetle. Price for this package is $5.99.

The second update package choice is called the Speed Test Pack and includes an 18.82 miles long track where you can test models like the Red Bull X2011 . The price for this package is $3.99.

The new re-imagined Acura NSX made its debut just yesterday and it is already the star in a video for Gran Turismo 5, joined by the original NSX . This isn’t exactly an official confirmation of the future sports car’s entrance into the gaming world, but it’s a pretty solid hint. Think of it this way: The same thing happened with the recently launched Toyota GT 86 and it is now being offered in the 2.02 update of GT5.

The Acura NSX Concept previews the future NSX supercar and presents the first application of Acura’s innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system. This system combines a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system that allows the car to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. Throw in Acura’s next generation VTEC 3.5-liter V6 with direct-injection and a dual clutch transmission with a built-in electric motor, and you’re looking at a future production car with insane capabilities and killer style.

Apparently, some people just can’t get enough and the fact that they’re willing to splurge on an "XL version" of a game they already have is proof that Gran Turismo 5 is alive, kicking, and more popular than it ever has been.

Taking advantage of all of this, Polyphony Digital and Sony Digital are releasing a new XL Edition of GT5, which is set to drop on shelves on January 17, 2012. In addition to all the content the standard game already has, the GT5 XL Edition is expected to have all of the game updates, including the latest ‘Spec 2.0 that was just released a few months ago. On top of that, buyers will also receive a voucher that will get them an additional $20 worth of DLC content. Among the packs included are the Racing Car Pack, the Car Pack 2, the Course Pack, the Paint Pack, and the Racing Gear Pack.

There’s no denying the popularity Gran Turismo 5 has over casual and hardcore gamers alike. The release of the GT5 XL Edition is further proof that when it comes to real-like game play and overall features, GT5 is always chalk-full of those. And all for the bargain price of $39.99 in North America.

One of the most talked about sports cars of the year was finally revealed a month ago, and since then, it’s been popping up everywhere, including in the popular racing franchise, Gran Turismo.

For fans of Gran Turismo 5, the thought of finally getting behind the wheel of a Toyota GT 86 is certainly worth the $3.99 price tag attached to the second round of downloadable content for the game.

Polyphony is set to release a Car Pack 2 program and Update 2.02 through the PSN Network just in time for Christmas. For the former, that means you can finally play a slew of new vehicles in the game, including the 2011 Mini Cooper S, the 2010 Volkswagen Golf VI R , the 2010 Volkswagen Scirocco R , and the 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition R35 . Other fixes and improvements that are part of the Car Pack 2 program include the ability to change wheels on Standard cars, free coupons that allow you to wash cars, change oil, overhaul your engine, or refresh the car body in GT Auto. The CP2 pack also allows you to see how the oil changes, aerodynamic parts, engine overhauls, and racing modifications will affect performance points and engine power in GT Auto. Meanwhile, in screens where the [Garage] and [Driver List] buttons are displayed in the A/B Spec events, Special Events, and Seasonal Events, pressing the ’square’ button will lead you to the [Garage], and pressing the ’triangle’ button will bring up the drivers list.

Then, there’s the Update 2.02, which is important to get as soon as possible if for only one - and only one - reason. By downloading the update, you finally get your hands on a 2012 Toyota GT 86 .

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It’s not every day you get to sit across from one of the most phenomenal minds in the gaming industry, so when we got the chance to have a chat with Gran Turismo creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, we took it with open arms.

We did our best warming up to him with a few questions about how he got into the industry and whether he figured himself to be a programmer or a business man, before we got down to the nitty gritty. Unfortunately, being the professional that he is, Yamauchi stayed tight-lipped about any of the new features to be applied to the recently confirmed Gran Turismo 6 .

He did, however, agree that the Gran Turismo franchise did not provide gamers with enough room to play around in the tuning of their chosen vehicles. He stated that it would be better for gamers to have wide freedom when tuning their vehicles, but that it all really came down to a battle against time. And anyone who remembers the number of delays the gaming world had to deal with before we got GT5 , understands exactly what he means.

That being said, if Gran Turismo 6 does show up with significant improvements in tuning, we’re totally taking the credit for suggesting it to Yamauchi.

Hit the jump for more information on Gran Turismo 6.

We knew that it was all but hypothetical, but it was still nice to hear the words straight out of the horse’s mouth.

In an interview conducted at the SEMA Auto Show ’s Gran Turismo awards, Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi confirmed that Polyphony Digital is already hard at work in the development of Gran Turismo 6, the sixth installment of the hit racing franchise.

Talking about the game’s status, Yamauchi said: “Of course we’re working on GT6 already and I think what really will be the separating factor is something that we can’t update through a DLC is something that obviously has to be saved for GT6."

That piece of confirmation should be music to the ears of fans of the Gran Turismo franchise, but on the flip side, all these expectations should be tempered considering that there will be inevitable delays before the game is officially released.

Another question is whether the game will be available on the Playstation 3 or if it will end up being developed for the 3’s eventual successor, the Playstation 4.

Sebastian Vettel made history when he became the youngest driver ever to become an F1 champion, and not just once, but twice in two consecutive years. Polyphony Digital will commemorate this historic event by offering the Red Bull X2010 fantasy vehicle for a limited time to anyone who logs into Gran Turismo 5.

The Red Bull X2010 racecar is the ultimate driving machine. A fantasy vehicle found exclusively in Gran Turismo 5, the X2010 was created as a joint project between Red Bull Racing and Gran Turismo makers Polyphony Digital. It was designed with only one purpose in mind: to go fast as possible, free of any and all racing regulations. A perfect vehicle for just about any enthusiast, don’t you think?

Next to this, GT5 will receive a series of improvements including a cabin view for all the cars, 11 new NASCAR racers, and the possibility to save within the race. All this and they still decided to drop the price, from $59.99 to $39.99.

Source: Gran Turismo

It’s been a year since Gran Turismo 5 was released and it seems a little strange that they’ve waited this long to release the ’Spec 2.0’ update for the game. Oh, wait...Forza 4 is dropping on shelves next week. Now it all makes sense.

Whatever motives they might have, the fact is that Polyphony Digital will be releasing the major game update on October 11, where it will feature a number of new - and long overdue - elements, including a new in-game save feature that allows gamers to save their progress while competing in a race, especially of the endurance variety. In addition to that, the game will now carry a simplified interior view of the non-premium cars. The instant replay and photo tools have also been tweaked to become a little more user-friendly, and of course, plenty of new cars too, including 11 new 2011 NASCAR race cars and the Nissan GT-R Schulze Motor Sport.

Finally, the Spec 2.0 update will also carry an added support feature for both the Logitech G25 and G27 racing wheels to serve as accepted add-on accessories for the game.

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