Mercedes-Benz and Gran Turismo 5 are tying up for a program that is sure to give fans of both the car manufacturer and the video game franchise something to get excited about.

For every customer who signs up for this year’s Mercedes AMG Driving Academy, an opportunity awaits them of not just test-driving the 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG out on the track, but also on a racing sled - don’t laugh, it’s true - courtesy of Gran Turismo 5.

We don’t know how the whole program is going to look, but according to Sony, the two tracks that will host the AMG Driving Academy - Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca - will be installed in the demo game on racing sleds, which according to Greg Clark, Mercedes-Benz USA’s product manager, will give participants the "opportunity to compare the realistic Gran Turismo 5 Mercedes demo on the racing sled and then the actual SLS AMG on the track. The demo gives participants a chance to get a realistic feel for the car before they step into the SLS AMG."

In addition to the SLS AMG, the AMG Driving Academy will also feature other AMG-tuned Mercedes cars like the SLS, the C63 AMG, the E63 AMG, the SL63 AMG, and the SLK55 AMG. The academy doesn’t come cheap though. The cheapest alternative is a one-day Basic course with a fee of $1,795, a two-day Advance course worth $3,295, and a three-day Pro course that goes for $3,995.


Source: Mercedes

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  (647) posted on 10.21.2010

Whoa! no joke at all? so i bet i should register now. lol!

  (442) posted on 10.21.2010

Or just save development costs and drop the model completely!

  (341) posted on 10.18.2010

I doubt a Martian or even a human 50 years in the future would think that this 5-series GT is uglier than a 5-series sedan or wagon. It’s all about convention.

  (702) posted on 08.23.2010

Wow! GT5 is so generous to give their fans such a magnificent treat.

  (544) posted on 05.26.2010

Well, the gran tourismo is just like the infinity ward who created the Call of duty 5. GT are really insane game creator.

  (331) posted on 05.25.2010

For sure all the specs of the car from Gran Turismo are accurate and detailed. five star for the GT5. I’ve been playing GranTouismo since it’s first introduce on Sony Playstayion 1.

  (815) posted on 05.24.2010

Well, even the Gran Tourismo 4 A spec is one of the best and full detailed game. I bet this new GT is going to be a phenomenonal hit and they’ve even tie up with MB.

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