Finally: One of the World’s Greatest Race Tracks is Now Available on Gran Turismo Sport
One of the world’s most famous race tracks is now available in the virtual world of Gran Turismo Sport. The new track, which is available as part of the game’s latest update, is none other than the Circuit de la Sarthe, the home of the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race. Gran Turismo Sport gamers will now be able to test their endurance racing skills on the circuit, and they can do it by driving any one of the nine new cars that are also included in the new update.
Audi turned the E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo Concept into a real-life, drivable track car and this lucky fella gets to take it around a track. We should all be so lucky. The real question is whether or not you’ll ever be able to get used to hearing a car make the noise this thing does...
2017 Honda Vision Gran Turismo Concept
The rumor mills we’re churning, anticipation was building, everything was falling into place. Word of Honda’s plan to build a “baby NSX” reached fever pitch when patent images, spy photos, and teasers found their way to the surface. Would it be possible for Honda to actually double-dip on the NSX nomenclature and introduce two versions of it? Well, we finally have our answer and it’s a “no.” What we do get instead is the Honda Vision Gran Turismo, a no less exciting concept that we can all enjoy… in the world of Gran Turismo Sport.
I honestly don’t know if I’m going to be thrilled or disappointed at this development. I suppose it’s a mixed bag of both, though like everyone else, I was genuinely over the moon at the thought of seeing a baby NSX hit the real world. Not only would it provide us with a new option to get our NSX fix, but as the supposed “baby” of the two, it would, in theory at least, be the far more affordable version than the current NSX that starts at $156,000. As awesome as it is, the NSX’s price tag has priced a lot of people out of buying one so the excitement surrounding a smaller and more affordable version was tantalizing. The good news is that the version that we did get - the Vision Gran Turismo - is a lot cheaper than what a baby NSX would’ve been priced. It comes free as part of Gran Turismo Sport so at worst, you’re only spending for a PlayStation 4 console and a copy of the game. That’s what, $400? Still, it would’ve been much better if all that teasing led to a baby NSX. That’s not the case this time, but there’s still hope for the future, right, Honda?
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Apparently, Gran Turismo Sport Sucks
How unfair and cruel this world is… Gran Turismo Sport is the biggest letdown since Bill Clinton got some dome in the oval office. Seriously, this game flat out sucks. Sure, the graphics are good, but you would have thought that game makers would have learned from the Need for Speed reboot – no matter how badly you want it to work, strictly online car games aren’t going to happen. We don’t like them. In fact, we hate them. It’s annoying. Sure, maybe we’ll play online and race some folks on occasion, but we want a legitimate campaign, especially for a racing SIMULATOR not just some random driving\car game. It just doesn’t make sense. The guys over at Polyphony Digital should have known better, but oh no, you had to go and slaughter one of the best and most legendary titles out there. And to think, I went out and bought a PS4 for this piece of crap.
Okay, so that was a bit of a rant, but I mean, come on… The hype was real…. The feeling we got when we saw the trailers was real…. Now, we know it was all for nothing. Such a letdown and now the Gran Turismo name will be forever slandered because of this crap. Con artistry at its best – get us all hyped up, then deliver us some online-based game that is just embarrassing. There’s no car customization, VR mode doesn’t even give you points and is only you against one other car --- JUST ONE --- and the “Campaign Mode” is just your training and license tests that you have to take to race online, which you probably don’t want to do anyway.
Sony Interactive should be embarrassed, Polyphony Digital should be embarrassed, and Sony should be begging other platforms to take on Gran Turismo Sport as well because this game is going to do nothing for that exclusive games list the execs rub their nipples to every night. Don’t want to take my word for it, check out my screenshots of the Amazon reviews below, then go look at them all for yourself. Don’t waste your money.
Care to get a Mazda MX-5 to go with Your Copy of Gran Turismo Sport?
Gran Turismo Sport has officially gone live so expect a few busy weekends ahead over here at the TopSpeed office. For those who haven’t gotten their copies yet, it’s important to remember that you can buy the game in a number of bundle options, including a Limited Edition version here in the U.S. that adds a metal case, several Group B rally cars, a couple of unlocked prototype cars, and 1 million credits. That’s a pretty nice offer, but it’s nothing compared to the Gran Turismo Sport Super Bundle that’s being offered in Taiwan. That package not only comes with a Sony Bravia 4K HDR OLED TV and an assortment of other goodies, it also comes with a special edition Mazda MX-5 Miata that’s all dressed up in a Soul Red paint finish.
That’s right. An actual MX-5 is included in the Super Bundle. It’s not exactly as insane as the Grid 2: Mono Edition that came with a BAC Mono dressed in a GRID 2 livery, but it’s certainly a big step up from the 1:43 scale Nissan GT-R Spec V that Gran Turismo 5 came in a few years ago. Should any of our friends in Taiwan avail of this bundle, they also stand to get a PlayStation 4 Pro, Playstation VR, a year of the PlayStation Plus online multiplayer service, a Thrustmaster T-GT steering wheel controller, and an Apiga AP1 racing seat just in case your couch doesn’t feel real enough. The downside to getting that treasure chest’s worth of goodies is that the Super Bundle doesn’t come cheap. The cost of one is just under $1.4 million NTD, which converts to around $46,000. Still interested?
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Finally! Gran Turismo Sport is Upon Us: Videos, Car Lists, and More!!
Microsoft Xbox has the Forza franchise, and Sony PlayStation has the Gran Turismo franchise, both of which sit at the top of the racing sim hierarchy of their respective platforms. Well, this week, an all-new Gran Turismo is finally about to hit PlayStation consoles, and it’s quite possibly the best Gran Turismo game to come out of the title’s 20-year run. And, that’s saying a lot as the game has done pretty well in living up to its “the real driving simulator” slogan. Over the years the game has gotten more realistic and downright sexy as far as graphics and car availability goes, but it still never took into account things like safety – it’s kind of hard to be concerned with driver safety when you’re sitting behind a TV driving energy drinks and eating chips, am I right? – but this time around, the company developing the game (Polyphony Digital) seems to be filling in the games that Sony Interactive Entertainment and Arsys Software left over the years.
With that said, it’s been a long time coming, and I’m just as excited for this game to hit shelves as I was Forza 7 and the Horizons sub-franchise. So far, Sony has been nice enough to release a limited trial of the game – it seems almost record-breaking as it attracted more than 1 million downloads – and a few videos that include the release date trailer, the gameplay trailer, a trailer for Interlagos Circuit, a tribute video for 20 years of GT, and a video to showcase the cars that have been announced so far. Speaking of cars, we’ve got the updated list (as of October 4th) in place for you below, along with links back to all of the reviews for each real-life model we have on hand. On top of that, we’ve got images of as many cars from Sport that we could get our hands on to go with all of the aforementioned videos. So, what are you waiting for, click the “continue reading” button and get ready for the game to launch!!!
2017 Peugeot L750 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo
In 2013, Mercedes-Benz launched the AMG Vision Gran Turismo, a retro-inspired supercar developed for the launch of the Gran Turismo 6 video game. It was the first Vision GT car ever made and started a big thing that saw all major automakers bring their own concepts into the game. In all, no fewer than 21 Vision cars were unveiled for the Gran Turismo 6 until 2016. These came from 16 different carmakers, including BMW, Volkswagen, Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Mazda, Lexus, and SRT. Come 2017, and we’ve already seen five concepts unleashed for the new Gran Turismo Sport game, the latest of which is the Peugeot L750 R Hybrid.
The second Vision Gran Turismo concept coming from Peugeot, the L750 R HYbrid is actually an evolution of the L500 R HYbrid that saw the light of the Gran Turismo day in 2016. The new concept car has a more aggressive exterior with upgraded aerodynamics, as well as a more powerful hybrid drivetrain. The L750 R HYbrid is available for all 17 locations and many tracks in the Gran Turismo Sport video game and can be customized in any color. You can also enter the car in a 24-hour race on Twitter if you’re into getting retweets for each lap driven.
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2017 McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo Concept
In all the years that the Vision Gran Turismo concepts have been around, McLaren has been one of the few automakers that have yet to unveil a concept for the Gran Turismo video game franchise. It was only a matter of time before it did, and that time has finally come. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo, and it is positively spectacular.
It is a bit ironic, though, that the most extreme McLaren I’ve ever seen isn’t actually a real thing. This coming from an automaker that’s known for releasing some mind-bending machinery over the years. That’s just the catch of all these Vision Gran Turismo concepts. They are created exclusively for the Gran Turismo game franchise and without any real-world rules and regulations to hinder them, these automakers go to great lengths to make their concepts as unforgettable as possible. That’s evidently the case here with McLaren’s Ultimate VGT concept. It’s prepared to be a showcase of the kind of cars the company envisions it’s going to produce by 2030. Not that I’m getting excited, but the LMP1-style treatment to the concept does make me wonder if this is the kind of future we can expect. Seeing as it’s already capable of zany creations like the MSO-designed X1 Concept, I wouldn’t put it past these guys to turn this concept into reality 13 years from now. For now, all we can do is enjoy it once Gran Turismo Sport hits shelves in October.
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Zagato’s Vision Gran Turismo Concept Looks All Sorts Of Sexy
Ever since the Vision Gran Turismo exercise sprung to life in 2013, automakers from all over the world have taken full advantage of the opportunity to showcase their imaginations on designing revolutionary cars for Sony’s Gran Turismo video racing game franchise. We’ve seen, quite literally, 30 or more cars with the Vision Gran Turismo label, each one seemingly more audacious than the one before it. Suffice it to say; it’s been an overwhelmingly successful exercise for all parties concerned, including the latest automaker to join in on the fun: Zagato. The Italian design house will be in debuting its first stab at a VGT concept, and as far as teasers go, it’s already showing off quite a handful of jaw-dropping bits.
The concept is officially called the Zagato IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo Concept and, as the name implies, it’s essentially a homage to the Iso Rivolta, a sports car that was in production in the 60’s. It’s still unclear how Zagato managed to pay tribute to the old Rivolta with the concept seeing as the car is only showing a glimpse of its body. But, as far as teasing goes, this slight pulling up of the skirt reveals way more than we could have hoped. Those bulging wheel arches, in particular, not only look daunting, but they extend seamlessly straight into the front bumper on one side and into the body on the other. Harder to see from this angle is the front section of the car, though we do get to see a sharp nose, thin headlights, and a small canard just in front of wheels. The full reveal of the Zagato IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo Concept takes place on October 18, giving us five weeks to speculate on what kind of sexy piece of machinery is hiding underneath that cover.
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Christmas Comes Early As Sony Releases Gran Turismo Sport-Themed Playstation 4 Console
As if getting excited over the upcoming release of Gran Turismo Sport isn’t enough for gamers, Sony and Polyphony Digital just upped the ante after announcing a new limited edition Gran Turismo Sport Playstation 4 console. Turns out, this new console is even more reason for gamers to start counting the days to October 18, the date Sony stamped as the official release of both the special edition console and the game itself.
Befitting its special edition status, the Gran Turismo Sport PS4 Console is going to be offered with some pretty impressive specs. For starters, it’s going to be based on the latest Slim 1TB version of the PS4. It’ll also feature unique cosmetic features, none more prominent than the silver faceplate that bears the Gran Turismo logo. Even the matching Dualshock 4 wireless controller will be finished in silver, making it the only limited edition PS4 console that will proudly carry these colors. Those who end up buying the console will also receive a special Day-1 edition of the game, which itself comes with in-game credits amounting to $250,000 on top of some livery sticker packs, a chrome racing helmet, and 60 PS4 avatars. Those who aren’t sold on buying the console itself do have the option of only buying the limited edition controller, which is expected to be bundled with a standard edition of the game and a Grand Turismo-branded touch pad.
About the only downside to the special edition console is availability, at least as far as U.S. customers are concerned. Though pricing details have not been announced, Sony has announced that the console will be available in the U.K., Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. There’s no word yet from Sony on whether the console will hit our shores, but until it says it does, work on the assumption that we’ll be on the outside looking in as far as this special edition GTS-themed PS4 console is concerned.
Can Nintendo Pose a Threat to Gran Turismo And Forza Motorsports with Gear.Club Unlimited?
For the longest time, Nintendo’s go-to racing game was Mario Kart. It was a decidedly different approach from Sony and Microsoft, which touted the Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport racing video game franchises, respectively. But with the arrival of the Nintendo Switch, the old guard is finally joining the party with its own dedicated racing video game simulator.
The game is called Gear.Club Unlimited, and while the title itself isn’t new – it’s based on the Gear.Club that is being offered on iOS and Android platforms – it is the first racing simulator that will be available for the Nintendo Switch. That distinction alone makes the game something of a must-see, in large part because it’s going to rely on the unique gaming experience that the Switch provides. Specific details about the game have yet to be announced, but we do know that it will be co-developed by publisher Microids in partnership with Eden Games. The latter is a good choice as any in developing Gear.Club Unlimited since it already has racing simulators like Need for Speed Porsche Unleashed, V-Rally Series, and Test Drive under its belt. The game is also expected to feature some of the world’s best exotics, including the McLaren 675LT, Nissan G-TR, Pagani Huayra, and the Mercedes SLS AMG, all of which were presented in the first trailer of the video game.
The game itself is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of this year, although a specific price has not yet been announced. Rest assured, Gear.Club Unlimited may not have the esteem and status as Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport, but if Microids and Eden Games really work on this title and develop it properly for the Switch, it could fill that massive racing simulator gap that Nintendo has been trying to fill to complement the iconic Mario Kart.
Circle Your Calendars! Gran Turismo Sport Drops October 17
The latest and presumably greatest version of the Gran Turismo video game racing franchise now has an official release date. Barring yet another delay, Gran Turismo Sport will find its way into hands of video gamers in the U.S. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. European gamers will have to wait until the 18th, while Japanese gamers will have to wait another day for the game to arrive in their region on the 19th. In any event, the new release date now appears to be set in stone after numerous delays spanning almost a year, with plenty of Gran Turismo fans turning sour on the franchise.
The October 17 release date appears to be for realsies now. It couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time, too, considering the game’s chief rival, Microsoft’s Forza Motorsport 7 will be released two weeks earlier on October 3, 2017. It’s still unclear as to why the game has been mired in development after having an initial release date of November 2016. That said, none of that matters now because, according to Polyphony Digital president Kazunori Yamauchi, the game is “entering the final stages of polishing” ahead of the October 2017 launch date. All’s well that ends well in this regard. Gran Turismo Sport is finally arriving this October, and to get you excited for its coming release, check out the latest trailer for one of the year’s most highly-anticipated video games.
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