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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Here’s Your Chance To Put Those Gaming Skills To Good Use
If you’ve already spent countless hours honing your skills in Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport and you feel that the competition is getting stale, now’s your chance to finally compete against the elite of the elite in your field. Mind you, this isn’t your typical racing game competition that awards winners with cash prizes and trips to God-knows-where. This is the real deal because this competition is hosted by no less than McLaren and the prize at stake is, quite literally, a real job with the company’s Formula One team.
The competition is called the “World’s Fastest Gamer” and the objective of it is pretty self-explanatory. If you feel that you’re up to task of being the best in simulation driving across multiple racing platforms, then feel free to join the contest. Should you end up winning the whole thing, you stand to receive a one-year contract with McLaren to be a simulator driver for its Formula One team. On top of that, you’ll get to work alongside McLaren engineers, who are regarded as some of the best in the business, at the team’s official technology center in the U.K. You’ll also get to join the team travel to all the Grand Prix races on the F1 calendar. There you’ll help develop and improve the F1 race cars of Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso, should the latter return to the team. All you need to do to land the gig is to be the fastest gamer in the world. Think you’re up to it?
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2017 Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo
Like most supercar brands that are starting off from scratch, Emerson Fittipaldi’s Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo suffers from not having the foundation that other supercar models from more established brands have. The car looks good on paper, but a model’s success isn’t determined on the parcel from which it’s drawn on or even on a full-bodied prototype that debuts at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The good news is that Fittipaldi Motors - the company started by the former F1 world champion - actually has plans to bring the EF7 to life.
The road to seeing the EF7 is going to be a long and difficult one to navigate. That’s usually what awaits start-ups who try to bring their works to the forefront. But Fittipaldi does have a few things on its side too, not the least of which is the drive and dedication to see the EF7 evolve into the production supercar he’s always envisioned it to be. He also has partners in the fold to help him get his project off the ground, including Pininfarina, whose work on the car’s design is immediately recognizable, and HWA AG, an AMG spinoff that prepares German touring cars.
The objective is clear, even if the execution is far from. Ultimately, Fittipaldi plans to build 39 units of the EF7, a number that’s tied into the number of races the 70-year old driver won during his long and illustrious career in both Formula One and Indycar.
Easier said than done, right? Well, we’re definitely rooting for the company to prove its skeptics wrong. It’d be nice to see a project car like the EF7 realize its full potential.
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The Fittipaldi EF7 Is Proof That Dreams Do Come True
Suppose you’re a young Brazilian boy with dreams of becoming famous. There are at least two ways to do that. One is through soccer, and the other is through motor racing. Emerson Fittipaldi followed the latter route when he became a racer and won the 1972 Formula One Driver’s Championship, the youngest driver to do so at that time. But unbeknownst to a lot of people, the now-70-year-old Brazilian also had another dream. He wanted to build his own GT sports car. And now, 45 years after winning the F1 title, he’s crossing off his second dream at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the introduction of the Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo track car.
It might be easy to scoff at Fittipaldi’s hopes and ambitions if you’re an automaker that routinely produces performance cars, but for someone who literally started from scratch and relied on the help of so many partners to get his project off the ground, the sight of seeing the car on display in Geneva is nothing short of a crowning achievement. Fittipaldi himself was overcome with emotion when he helped unveil the car, calling the occasion “the happiest day of my life,” before adding that his dream of building a GT car actually preceded his goal of becoming a race car driver.
That tells you a unique backstory of the EF7, the kind that people will be talking about for years, provided of course that the track car carves out a legacy as rich as the one its creator etched during his exploits in Formula One. More importantly, the car is also a reminder that as long and accomplished a life as Emerson Fittipaldi has lived, he is proving at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show that no matter his age, no dreams are worth giving up on, even if it takes you a while to accomplish it.
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Filmmaker Recreates The Original Gran Turismo Using RC Cars: Video
It’s hard to imagine where all the years have gone, but the truth is, we’re approaching 19 years since the first Gran Turismo video game burst into the scene back in December 1997. I don’t know about you, but nostalgia kicks in every time I remember what it was like playing the original Gran Turismo on the first Sony PlayStation. Considering how big the franchise has become, it’s no surprise that others share in my sentiment, including French filmmaker Alexandre Synger, who went over and above what you’d expect from an OG Gran Turismo fan by actually recreating specific scenes from the game, including the opening sequence, using radio-controlled cars.
The video you’ll see is an incredible depiction of the original Gran Turismo, right down to the cars – it’s the Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak! – and the open-world environment. Synger went all-out with this video, going so far as to recreate the menu screens and the car selection process using the same RC cars. Best of all, they’re all incredibly accurate!
It’s a worthwhile watch for old school fans of the original Gran Turismo video game. And once you’re done, take some time and look for some of Synger’s other works. He’s also recreated numerous chase scenes from the Fast and Furious movie franchise he even has one for the Pod Racer sequence from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. It may be the worst of all the Star Wars movies, but watching Synger’s recreation of the scene is actually pretty awesome too.
After a few cryptic teaser shots of wings, engine covers and some objects we weren’t quite sure about, Bugatti has unveiled its contribution to the Gran Turismo 6 Vision GT project. The Bugatti Vision GT is the virtual expression of how a real quasi-racing Bugatti could look. It also provides us with a preview of Bugatti’s next Veyron replacement, working-titled 2018 Bugatti Chiron.
As outrageous as it looks, the Bugatti Vision GT isn’t quite as extreme as some other cars in the Vision GT garage — the 2,590-horsepower 2015 SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo for instance — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Bugatti designers and engineers wanted keep things in the realm of what’s possible now. That said, Bugattis by their very nature are extreme cars. “We wanted to create a project as realistic as possible for our fans and put a real Bugatti in the virtual world of the PlayStation video game franchise,” explained head Bugatti designer Frank Heyl. “Every design characteristic is defined by its function. Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is the perfect symbiosis of engineering and aesthetics.”
If you’re not familiar with it, the Vision Gran Turismo project allows designers and engineers from real-world car companies to create cars for the virtual world without the limitations created by regulations, budgets, and in some cases, even reality. The results are then uploaded to Gran Turismo 6 on PlayStation 3, where they can be enjoyed by gamers everywhere. Several other car companies have already made contributions, and it’s always fascinating to see what they come up with. It also functions as a preview of what might be next for some of these companies.
In addition to its digital form, Bugatti will also reveal a full-size show car at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show, at which point it will simultaneously be added to Gran Turismo 6. But until then, let’s take a closer look at the Bugatti Vision GT.
Updated 08/22/2016: Created exclusively for the PlayStation videogame series Gran Turismo Sport, BUgarri Vision Gran Turismo made its American debut at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Check the picture gallery for a series of images taken during the event.
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New Trailer For Gran Turismo Sport Offers A Glimpse Of Things To Come: Video
So the first trailer of Forza Horizon 3 has been released. Guess what other car racing video game saw the need to drop a little tease of its own. Give yourselves a nice pat on the back if your answer is Gran Turismo Sport. Yes, E3 season is upon us and just like in previous years, a host of video game developers are dropping loads of trailers and teases to drive up interest in some of their high-profile games in development. In Sony’s case, one of those games is Gran Turismo Sport, the latest video game to come out of the long-running Gran Turismo franchise.
Gran Turismo Sport is shaping up to be a lot of the things Sony and Polyphony Digital hyped it to be when the game was announced back in May 2016. There’s a lot of the traditional elements of Gran Turismo that we’ve come to love and enjoy, but the real interesting thing about this trailer is how comprehensive it is in tackling the myriad of new features that are going to be added to the game. There’s a create-a-driver feature that allows you to build your identity and create a following akin to how real-life social media works. You can also create your own livery design. There’s also a new feature called “Scapes” that apparently lets you place your virtual cars in real-world environments. It’s like Gran Turismo’s own version of auto Photoshop. Oh, and of course, there’s a lot of highly detailed racing, none more important it seems than the “first “ FIA Gran Turismo Championships that likely came to be because of the series’ partnership with the real FIA.
Obviously, more cars and more race tracks are also expected to be included in Gran Turismo Sport. Unfortunately, the game isn’t due to be released until November 15, 2016, two months after Forza Horizon 3 hits shelves.
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Gran Turismo Sport Announced For November 15 Launch, Pre-Orders Now Accepted
With Need for Speed and Forza Motorsport 6 dominating the car racing video game headlines in recent days, it only seemed inevitable that the third leg in this tripod would create some headlines of its own. And so it is like clockwork, Sony and Polyphony Digital, the creators of the Gran Turismo video game franchise, have done just that by announcing the release date – November 15, 2016 – of Gran Turismo Sport, the latest iteration of the long-standing racing game title.
Neither Sony nor Polyphony Digital dove into the specifics of the game, opting only to say that Gran Turismo Sport will be the “world’s first racing experience to be built from the ground up to bring global, online competitions sanctioned by the highest governing body of international motorsports, the FIA (Federation International Automobile)." From the looks of things, Gran Turismo Sport will be heavily geared towards motor racing, although it will still prominently feature an assortment of production and track-only cars ranging from the new Mazda MX-5 Miata to the McLaren P1 GTR.
The game will only be available on PlayStation 4 (obviously) and while there’s still six months before it hits the shelves, pre-orders have just begin, which means that interested customers who avail of this option can already do so. There are some perks that come with pre-ordering video games and in the case of Gran Turismo Sport, those who avail of this option will also receive a three car package that includes a Ford Mustang Group B rally car, a Toyota FT-1 Vision GT Group 3 race car, and thePeugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1. Those who order on Amazon will also receive $500,000 worth of in-game credit whereas those who pre-order from GameStop will receive two extra cars in addition to the three that are already included in the car pack.
Those who want more than just the standard game also have the option of ordering the GT Sport Limited Edition package. It comes with a price of $69.99 and in addition to the game itself and all the preordering goodies, this pack also boasts of “immediate access” to cars within various race classes, $1 million worth of in-game credits, and a limited edition packaging.
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2015 Infiniti Vision GT Supercar Concept
If you’re anything like our resident virtual hot shoe Ciprian Florea, you should know all about the Gran Turismo 6 Vision project. But for those of you drawing a blank right now, I’ll be happy to inform you. Dreamed up by GT game designer and pro race car driver Kazunori Yamauchi, Vision is an open proposal laid at the door of every major auto manufacturer. Essentially, it’s an invitation for designers to invent their idea of a two-door sports car for the Gran Turismo game world. The project has spawned some truly incredible creations, like the Toyota FT-1, Subaru Viziv, and Chevrolet Chaparral 2X (which, as Ciprian likes to point out, is powered by a friggin laser). Now, Infiniti is jumping into the fun with its own supercar concept.
Drawing inspiration from Formula 1 and design cues found in Infiniti’s road cars, the supercar concept you see here was plucked from the minds of the company’s design team in Beijing. “Part beauty, part beast, its shape is powerful, sensational and audacious — a mix of a track machine and the dream of our Chinese design team to create an ambitious racing language for Infiniti,” says the automaker in a press release. We agree, and would like to add that it looks totally sweet, as well.
Although the concept saw major aesthetic massaging, it also proved to be an extensive technical exercise, with real attention paid to the actual performance capabilities that a real-world version could possess. Details on these specs are available after the jump.
Update 05/19/2016: It’s been a long time coming, but the Infiniti Vision GT Supercar Concept has hit virtual showrooms and is now ready to be downloaded for Gran Turismo 6 on Playstation 3. Let’s race!
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Gran Turismo 7 still doesn’t have a definite timetable, so in the meantime, fans of the racing video game franchise can comfort themselves with Gran Turismo Sport, an offshoot game that Polyphony Digital is developing in partnership with the International Automobile Federation.
Unlike the traditional gameplay of the entire GT franchise, Gran Turismo Sport dives straight into the world of motorsports. Gamers will be given a chance to compete in two flagship FIA-sponsored championships that will run simultaneously throughout the year, specifically the Nations Cup and the Manufacturer Fan Cup.
As their names properly imply, the Nations Cup will feature gamers who want to race for their respective countries while the Manufacturers Fan Cup will feature gamers who want to race for their favorite automaker. Both of the two championships will feature plenty of competition so picking which one suits you best is important in determining your chances of success. As an added incentive, the winners of the two championships will receive trophies from the FIA and Gran Turismo.
The format of the championships has yet to be announced because the game is currently under development. Details also need to be fleshed out before more information becomes available. According to Polyphony’s timetable, beta testing of the game is scheduled to take place in the early part of 2016.
For now, all we can do is wait for more information and watch the first official trailer of the new game. The cars may look different than what we’re used to and the driving experience will most definitely be different too. But, other than those things, Gran Turismo Sport is still part of the entire GT universe, and as such, we can definitely expect to see all the things we love about the video game franchise.
Nissan has been synonymous with performance ever since the Skyline GT-R was introduced in 1969. The moniker quickly made a name for itself on the street and the track, ultimately evolving into a coupe that went on to dominate the race courses starting in the late 1980s. The saga continued through the 1990s with the R33 and R34 models, and came to an abrupt halt in 2002 when Nissan decided to separate the GT-R line from the Skyline name. Five years later, the GT-R we all know today came alive and things got ridiculously fast and powerful.
Now, with GT-R getting up there in age, Nissan is looking to take it up a notch. One that’s likely to include a hybrid powertrain, enormous amounts of power and twist, and a brand-new design approach. The Japanese aren’t too keen on divulging the details behind the brand-new GT-R, but they’re giving us a taste of the next supercar using the Gran Turismo franchise. Dubbed Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, this virtual concept vehicle is already available in the game since 2014 and I suspect it will materialize, in some form or another, as Nissan’s upcoming GT-R.
Updated 10/29/2015: Nissan brought an updated version of the 2020 Vision Gran Turismo concept car at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Don’t get to excited though, as the only "updates" included a new Fire Knight red body color and a new expression of Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille. We do have to admit that the new red paint fits perfectly!
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The Vision Gran Turismo project has provided quite the list of poster-worthy concept vehicles from some of the biggest automakers in the world. The 2015 Volkswagen GTi Supersport looked positively gnarly. The 2015 SRT Tomahawk was sheer and utter madness. And don’t even get me started on the 2015 Chevrolet Chaparral 2X. To this day, I still can’t wrap my head around that thing. Today, though, isn’t the day to reminisce on what’s already been launched. Today is the day all of us welcome another virtual concept to the Vision Gran Turismo roster. It comes by way of Hyundai, and it’s called the N 2025.
Like most concept cars developed for the Vision Gran Turismo project, the N 2025 is spectacular to look at. Heck, it’s the kind of car that looks better suited for an introduction at the 24 Hours of Le Mans than an auto show. But what makes the concept that much more important to both Hyundai and car enthusiasts the world over is the "N" in its name.
Specifically, the N 2025 is the vehicle that essentially debuts Hyundai’s new "N" performance division, which is set to roll out a full lineup of beefed-up road cars in the future. However, the N 2025 is technically Hyundai’s third N car, following the 2014 Hyundai i20 WRC and 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC rally cars.
But what’s important here is that the Korean brand created a stunning concept and that some of its styling and technology are likely to find their way into vehicle we might soon be able to purchase at a local dealership.
Updated 09/25/2015: Hyundai dropped a first video for its new N 2025 showing the concept car in action in its natural habitat: the Gran Turismo game.
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Virtual racers looking to make the transition to a real-life pro-racing career via the GT Academy program can now obtain Nissan’s highly anticipated GT-R LM NISMO P1 racing machine for digital hot lapping in Gran Turismo 6.
The technological powerhouse GT-R is available to those taking part in the fourth and final round of online GT Academy Qualifiers. All participants in the fourth round will receive the car for free simply by completing a single lap, regardless of lap time.
The GT-R’s availability in GT6 coincides with its upcoming competition debut outside the gaming world at the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. A total of three GT-R LM NISMO racers will be run in the prestigious event.
With its premiere track test occurring in November of last year, the GT-R LM NISMO is Nissan’s first foray into the world of enduros in 16 years. Under the guidance of Team Principal and Technical Director Ben Bowlby, also know for masterminding the All American Racers DeltaWing and ZEOD RC, the car sports an unusual front-engine, FWD layout, a concept that flies in the face of conventional LM P1 racing practices.
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