For better or for worse, Gran Turismo 5 has dominated the headlines for 2010. From all the delays that haunted the game at the start of the year all the way to the hotly anticipated game finally being released, Gran Turismo 5 has been in the news for pretty much the whole year.

And seeing as we’re on the last days of 2010, it only seems appropriate that GT5 would once again capture the headlines, although this time, it’s about a much more different reason. One that, unfortunately for all of us, will only concern gamers over in Europe.

On December 27th, GT5’s ‘Signature Edition Challenge’ officially went live, signaling the start of the competition among European gamers for the chance to win a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Not a die-cast model of any kind. It’s the real deal.

The grand-prize of the SLS AMG is a testament to the strong partnership forged by the GT5 creator Kazunori Yamauchi with the German automaker. “We have enjoyed a brilliant working relationship with Mercedes-Benz throughout the production of Gran Turismo 5 and the stunning prize that they have offered for this competition is a testament to that.”

Details after the jump.

European owners of the Signature Edition GT5 game pack are the only ones eligible to play in the challenge, making for a pretty select group of entrants. The challenge begins in the game’s B-Spec mode where players will get to dish out their best Ross Brawn impersonations and become team director for their drivers in a series of five, 5-lap races held on different circuits. This part of the competition will go on until January 31, 2011 at 23:59 GMT. The moment February 1st rolls on, 15 regional winners from 22 countries will move on to the next stage: the Mercedes-Benz Driving Event.

In this competition, the remaining players will compete against each other in a series of real-life driving challenges with points being awarded depending on their performance. Whoever scores the most points at the end of the event will not only win the title of best in the biz, but more importantly, will be handed the keys to a brand-spankin’-new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Source: Sony Gran Turismo

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  (374) posted on 08.12.2011

hmm. The good thing about the racing game was it gave us an opportunity to drive our dream car without spending too much.

  (256) posted on 08.12.2011

For all the car game, the GT5 has been my favorite vehicle since it offer an impressive features, that other racing game can’t offer.

  (559) posted on 05.13.2011

Wow!Owning a SLS AMG would be a great prize but too bad I missed to join in this contest! It seems that all I can do is play this car in GT game!

  (329) posted on 04.28.2011

hmm. Honestly speaking, I really have a doubt on SLS AMG when talking about it racing performance. Well, I’m afraid that the gull wing makes the car move slow. 

  (506) posted on 03.24.2011

I think the long time of waiting is really worth it! The GT5 offers a new and upgraded features. Now, its more exciting to be played.

  (762) posted on 03.11.2011

The cars doesn’t look real at all! Forza would definitely destroy this so badly. I was so disappointed. At this point I’d rather have Xbox 360 !

  (692) posted on 02.14.2011

It’s only 10 hp less and has a lot more torque than the 63 so the SLS will be a lot faster

  (427) posted on 02.14.2011

Forget now these gaming simulations, I want to talk about the engine, why AMG don’t fit their new 5.5 TT engine in the SLS?

  (409) posted on 01.5.2011

well of course GT5 is one hell of a simulation game. everycars, tracks details are well defined and properly included.

  (453) posted on 01.5.2011

yeah right another gimmick just to sell more over the market. good thing there are still interested to play with it.

  (341) posted on 01.4.2011

Forget now these gaming simulations, I want to talk about the engine, why AMG don’t fit their new 5.5 TT engine in the SLS? It’s only 10 hp less and has a lot more torque than the 63 so the SLS will be a lot faster.

  (461) posted on 01.4.2011

Nice to see the new SSC make a cameo. Does anyone know if Glick has any endurance race experience?

  (65) posted on 01.4.2011

This SLS image is insane! So red, shiny and clean, on such a beautiful car, impressive!

  (329) posted on 01.3.2011

whew.. are you serious? here in asia we don’t mind to buy it.. instead buy ourselves a first person shooting.

  (504) posted on 01.3.2011

same here in Europe most of the store of cd games are out of stock when it comes to GT-5. but if you really want a GT5 you can always order online.

  (392) posted on 01.2.2011

wow this is an event that you shouldn’t miss, I bet there are thousand or should I say millions of gamer is now heating their up on the seats playing GT5.

  (676) posted on 12.29.2010

Vipers aren’t raced in FIA GT3, nor are they raced in any other series anymore except for their own Viper Cup

  (619) posted on 12.29.2010

I don’t understand what advertising deal AB has with Polyphony or Sony, but if they’re going to be reporting on video game news, how about changing it up a bit? After all, you know there are OTHER racing-relating video games out there in the world

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