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Gran Turismo Sport’s makeover results to realistic visuals, set for November 15 release

The Electronic Entertainment Expo or popularly called “E3” is a place where gamers converge to get the newest as well as the latest updates on their favorite video games. It is also one of the best outlets for video game companies to show off their new collections and developments on soon-to-be-released games. It’s like the place where reality meets the virtual world. E3 is a haven both for gamers and developers. This year, everyone is excited for Polyphony Digital’s newest Gran Turismo Sport.

The Gran Turismo Sport was first introduced during the 2015 Paris Games week and was one of the highlights during this year’s E3. It is set to be released in the U.S. by November 15 and in Europe by the 16th; it will be the thirteenth game from Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo.

A total of 140 cars are featured in the game, some of which are real life cars while some are concepts from some of the world’s best automakers. We’ll be seeing Lamborghini Huracans and Mercedes-AMG GTs in action as well as Nissan’s newest concept car, the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo. The game is equipped with miles and miles of dirt tracks for the adventurous ones while a paved track is also featured for those who prefer to practice smooth driving and drifting skills.

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Updates on Gran Turismo Sport will add 15 new free cars, 35 more cars to arrive in 1Q-2018.

A couple of weeks ago, the Gran Turismo Sport was launched on Sony’s PlayStation 4 console. In the game, players get to choose from 162 cars. But that’s almost nothing compared to the new Forza Motorsport 7 that offers over 700 vehicles. This is why Polyphony Digital, the racing game developer, is working on improving this issue by adding more vehicles in the near future.

Having said that, Gran Turismo will be releasing a live update on November 27, and the so called Update 1.06 will include three free cars namely the IsoRivolta Zagato Vision Gran Turismo, the Audi R18, and the Shelby Cobra 427. Furthermore, the award winning video game franchise will receive a more substantial update 1.07, which adds 12 more vehicles, free of charge. Here is the list of the 12 cars that we should expect.

That’s not all Polyphony Digital has to offer, because they also promised to roll out an additional of 35 vehicles up until March 2018. Apart from a number of new vehicles, they will also be adding the number of tracks as well, though they did not specify how many will be added. Right now, there are 17 tracks that gamers can choose from.

Read the entire article Updates on Gran Turismo Sport will add 15 new free cars, 35 more cars to arrive in 1Q-2018.

Gran Turismo Sport bundle comes with a real customized 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 4K TV

One lucky gamer from Taiwan gets the chance to ultimately experience Gran Turismo Sport with the exclusive special edition that is priced at 1.398 Taiwanese dollars ($46,300). Why pay that much, you wonder? Well, the bundle comes with a lot of other toys, like an actual 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata that the owner can drive after having mastered driving on the video game.

But that is not all. In fact, it comes with everything you will need to play the video game. The bundle includes a PS4 Pro, Playstation VR Goggles, a 12-month subscription to the PS Plus online service, and believe it or not, a 65-inch Sony Bravia 4K OLED television, a Thrustmaster T-GT steering wheel and pedals that are mounted onto an Apiga API racing seat simulator for the ultimate gaming experience.

Let us get the details on this custom 2018 Miata that comes with the bundle. It is finished in a Soul Red body with orange and silver stripes that run over the hood and the lower part of the trunk. It comes with a GT logo on the roadster’s profile, while there are smaller emblems for the fenders, hood, and trunk lid.

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Judge for yourself: Is X-Tomi’s M6 GT rendering better than the BMW 6-Series GT?

After the 2018 BMW 6 Series GT’s reveal, we felt as though the Bavarian company received comments that they did not expect to hear from readers and fans. It seems like the latest liftback model did not appeal to many, and so far, the new model has not got a lot of fans. So, X-Tomi Design did a rendering of the 6 Series with an M6 guise, giving it some subtle changes, to make it look more appealing.

First of all, X-Tomi Design gave the M6 GT larger intakes and deeper side sills up in the front fascia. The grille has been given a black trim instead of the silver which makes it appear larger too. There have been several details that have been added such as the carbon fiber roof that make for a sportier design. It also comes with chrome side mirror covers instead of camouflaging it with the rest of the body. The front spoiler and side skirts have been made to look more aggressive, while the suspension has been lowered as well. To finish off the design, the wheels have been made bigger and were blacked out. The darker trims definitely made the 6 Series look more aggressive, and look less of a family car.

Well, I would say that the rendering did give the current model more appeal. With the high contrasts of the blacks and the whites, it definitely got more character as opposed to the original 6 series.

Read the entire article Judge for yourself: Is X-Tomi’s M6 GT rendering better than the BMW 6-Series GT?

At BMW, there’s an obvious pattern. The German marque first releases the standard model to various markets and after a few weeks its sportier brother fitted with M Performance Parts will join the line-up. Others commented that the BMW 6 Series GT doesn't deserve the athletic kit, but even the 2 Series Active Tourer was given an M Sport Package, so at this point it is not that impossible that the 6 Series GT will follow suit.

The M Performance Package for the 6 Series was made possible thanks to the German marque's GmbH division that is solely responsible for producing the parts tailored to the recent model. One of the parts is the sporty exhaust system which promises to give a truly significant acoustic and visual dimension, in which the German marque claims that the sportier sound is still appropriate for cruising on the roads.

These words are heavily grounded, so we will have to hear it ourselves to consider it in the first place. The brand new system is paired with a stainless steel silencer and has round tips or trapezoid in chrome ,depending on the driver's chosen model, and these are made available for the 630i and 640i xDrive models. The models that have round designs are given an engraved "M" logo and the others are gifted with "M Performance" etching.

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Goodbye to the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and say hello to the all-new 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. BMW has finally announced the impending arrival of the new 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, its highly distinctive and highly luxurious four-seater with coupe-inspired aerodynamic design.

The Bavarian manufacturer will have the all-new 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo available in the US this fall exclusively as a BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo model.

According to BMW, the all-new 2018 6-Series Gran Turismo (GT) has a starting price of $69,700 plus $995 in Destination and Handling charges.

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There are already rumors suggesting that the next generation BMW 5-Series GT is expected to be joining the 6-Series range. The latest reports instead tell us that that 3-Series GT will also be transitioning to the next level. Are any of these true?

Autocar reported earlier that this is actually what BMW has in store for the upcoming 3-Series GT. It should be noted though that the current 3-Series line has had its mid-cycle refresh only recently. In that case, the 4-Series GT or what is believed to be its new successor may be way too far ahead.

If ever, the new member of the 4-Series family should arrive sometime in 2019 as a 2020 year model. According to the insider, BMW by that time should come out with better-performing EVs and it only makes sense if they will be offering an electric version of this as well. At the very least, BMW is expected to come out with an electric X3 within the next three years.

Read the entire article Will the all-electric BMW 4-Series GT be a real rival for the Tesla Model S?

It seems like BMW will be implementing a major overhaul of its strategy, which should result to the arrival of electrified versions of its three current models. One of these models would be an electric variant of the upcoming BMW 4 Series GT, according to a report by Autocar.

Citing people privy with BMW’s plans, Autocar reported that the new 4 Series GT is planned to directly replace the current BMW 3 Series GT and indirectly supplant the 4 Series Gran Coupé, which has been experiencing low demand since its inception. This strategy would be similar to a plan involving the BMW 6 Series GT, which is set to replace the BMW 5 Series GT in the lineup this year. BMW is planning to launch an electric version of the 6 Series GT in 2018.

Meanwhile, for the new 4 Series GT, the German premium carmaker will introduce the conventionally powered versions in 2019, to be followed by electric and plug-in hybrid variants. To be underpinned by newly developed platform for the eighth-generation 3 Series, the electric version of the 4 Series GT – set to compete against the Tesla Model 3 -- could be up for sale as early as 2020 in the United Kingdom. According to the report, the performance level of the electrically powered 4 Series GT would be more or less similar to the top-performing version of the current 3 Series GT – the BMW 335d GT, which offers the 317 bhp of max output and 630 Nm of peak torque. This means that the electric motor system for the battery-powered 4 Series GT should have a total system output of around 350 bhp to match the performance of the top BMW 335d GT.

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We’re all excited as the year comes to an end especially as there are several things we’ve highly anticipated. Like always, the car industry has something new to offer; that’s why we’re looking forward to annual car events from different parts of the world. It’s a never-ending cycle. Behind all these, the car manufacturers feel all the pressure.

Not everyone was impressed when BMW released the not-so-good-looking 5 Series GT. From what we see, it’s going to take years before BMW will come up with a much better version. That is, if you will consider the typical product cycle for each model. The situation would have been totally different if only the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo looked otherwise.

Oh, and speaking of which, X-Tomi Design rendered a much-beautiful version of the 5 Series GT and we think it’s awesome. X-Tomi Design takes its inspirations from the new 5 Series. We hope this is where BMW’s future design would be going as well. We’re also bidding for a 6 Series GT from the M division, but that’s wishful thinking. But in case the current 5 Series look this good, we wouldn’t have to think twice.

Read the entire article What if the 2018 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo (G32) looks this good?

Gran Turismo Sport made waves during its unveiling at the Paris Games Week. It was immediately succeeded by the 13th Grand Turismo Awards night, which was held during the 2015 SEMA Show. The awards body recognized five vehicles, one from each category, as the best car of the year.

Experts like Hoonigan, Autoblog, Super Street, Bangshift and Truck Trend Network took charge in selecting the five best cars as contenders for this year’s GT Awards.

The contenders, which were selected from the thousands of vehicles exhibited in SEMA’s show this year, included the 1970 Dodge Charger for the Best Domestic category, the 1985 BMW 535i for the Best Euro category, 1973 Datsun 240Z for Best Import, the 1978 Ford Mustang Hard Top for the Best Hot Rod, and the 1968 Chevrolet C10 Pro-Touring for Best Truck.

Read the entire article Sung Kang’s modified 1973 Datsun "Fugu Z" 240Z coming to Gran Turismo Sport on PS4

The latest Gran Turismo iteration: GT Sport has been launched at the Paris Games Week PlayStation Press Conference to the delight of gamers all over the world. No less than Kazunori Yamauchi, together with SCEE CEO & President Jim Ryan, was present at the unveiling.

Set to arrive in PS4 next year, the game was built with technologies that have upgraded its sound, graphics, and physics. Because of these achievements, this game is now being lauded for being the most realistic driving simulator ever created.

However, GT Sport goes beyond being a totally awesome simulator. Its creators had intended this game to kick off a motorsports revival as it offers a novel way of experiencing driving. Let us look at how the FIA Gran Turismo Championships are laid out.

Read the entire article PS4 gamers await arrival of Gran Turismo Sport in spring of 2016

Bugatti gave its fans as well as gamers and petrol heads a very good reason to be excited at the 66th International Motor Show (IAA) held in Frankfurt. For this year, the French manufacturer has managed to turn what was once merely a virtual project to something tangible.

Working with Polyphony Digital Inc., the French automaker will be presenting the virtual concept its newly developed Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo as an actual show car.

Polyphony Digital is the creator of the successful video game Gran Turismo franchise. Bugatti has just published the first ever digital rendering of this car with a design that pays tribute to its racing history and based mainly on the newest motor sport technology.

Read the entire article This is how the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo was born [w/video]

Innovations and outstanding ergonomics – these were only two of the many ways that BMW used to get your attention. With the launch of the Z9 gran turismo concept car, BMW achieved just that during this concept’s debut in North America at the 2000 New York International Auto Show.

The four-seater sports coupe, first seen in September the previous year at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show, hinted of what was still to come in the area of technology and design.

Advances in technology and design were evident in both its exterior and interior. Built using pioneering technologies to give it a lightweight architecture, the Z9 came with a fresh philosophy on the interaction among audio, comfort, communication, drive and other features.

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Bugatti has displayed a real-world version of the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo virtual concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The show car is developed in cooperation with Polyphony Digital Inc., the creator of the Gran Turismo video game franchise.

Designers gave the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo a strong trailing edge to provide outstanding longitudinal-dynamic stability and to emit the hot air coming from the engine compartment.

Likewise, the trailing edge lets a pursuing rival in the game know that the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is getting farther and farther from him. Inside the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is a well-designed and well-placed cockpit that complies with racing requirements.

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The Frankfurt Motor Show is known to many as the event where automakers often introduce the new concept cars. For 2015, Hyundai took a different step and introduced to the world what it expects in terms of performance characteristics for its future offerings.

Inspired mainly by the N, Hyundai revealed during the show its ‘Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo’ concept. Interested buyers though will have to wait as the Hyundai N will only be available exclusively for players of the PlayStation’s Gran Turismo video game series.

Hyundai N’s powertrain is mainly based on what can be considered as the first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell system in the world. Its dual fuel cell stacks can generate power of 500 kW or 670 HP while the super capacitor system gives an extra 150 kW of power or 201 HP, resulting in total output of 650 kW or 871 HP.

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Besides the 3-Series Plug-In Hybrid Prototype, BMW also showed a new prototype based on the 5-Series GT that features Power eDrive plus TwinPower Turbo technology. According to BMW, this technology aims to increase overall efficiency and the dynamism of upcoming hybrid vehicles.

Power eDrive electric drive system will deliver approximately two thirds of the vehicle’s combined output, while the remaining third will be generated by the TwinPower Turbo internal combustion engine.

What’s surprising is that the future hybrid system will deliver combined outputs in excess of 670 hp (500 kW) and up to 1,015 Nm (750 lb-ft) of torque, while the capacity of the lithium-ion batteries will be up to 20 kilowatt hours.

Read the entire article BMW unveils 5-Series GT with Power eDrive plus TwinPower Turbo technology and 680 hp

Back in 2013, BMW offered the first glimpse of the Vision Gran Turismo Concept for the Gran Turismo 6 video game. Today, BMW officially unveiled the Vision Gran Turismo Concept and as many of you already know, it is believed to preview the upcoming M2. Clearly inspired by the M235i Coupe, the BMW Vision Gran Turismo is quite impressive and comes with an aggressive body kit that transforms the coupe into a beast of the track.

As you can see from the photos, the Vision Gran Turismo features large front and rear spoiler that ensure optimum downforce, wile the air conduction elements reduce the drag. The design is completed by the paint finish in BMW M colours.

According Karim Habib a.k.a. Head of Design BMW Automobiles, the new Vision Gran Turismo shows the pure BMW sportiness and dynamics. Under the hood, there is the 3.0-liter six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers 549 hp (404 kW) and 680 Nm of torque.

Read the entire article BMW Vision Gran Turismo looks ready for GT6 [w/video]

Bmw unveiled this weekend the facelifted 5-Series and as seen before in the leaked photos, the biggest-selling 5-Series ever comes with redesigned front bumpers, new headlights, redesigned tail lights and a new range of alloy wheels.

Also new in the 2014 5-Series are the BMW Luxury Line and BMW Modern Line packages containing exclusive design and equipment features. And an M Sport package tailored to each model variant can also be specified.The most important addition is the arrival of the 518d, a model powered by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine used also on the 520d. On the 518d, the turbodiesel engine was detuned to deliver 143 hp. The new engine is available on both the new 5-Series sedan and touring.

According to Bmw, the new engine is capable to deliver a fuel consumption of just 4.5 litres per 100 km (62.8 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of just 119 grams per kilometer. Moreover, the 5-Series model range includes the 520d xDrive in both Sedan and Touring guises. The top-of-the-line engine available on the 2014 5-Series is the new V8 with Bmw TwinPower Turbo technology developing 450 hp. Customers who are opting for the new 5-Series Gran Turismo can choose from two petrol power plants and three diesels.

Read the entire article Official: 2014 Bmw 5-Series Sedan, Touring, Gran Turismo and ActiveHybrid 5

A new model has been added to the BMW 3-series lineup for the first time since the launch of the short-lived Compact in 1993. The template of the bigger 5-series GT has been used on this new high-riding 3-series GT. Compared to the 3-series Touring (which was used as its basis), this new model is longer, taller, and wider. BMW asserted that the 3-series GT has the good looks of the coupé but it’s as practical as the 3-series Touring.

It also boasts of having the dynamics of the 3-series saloon. On the launch date of the five-seat 3-series GT, it will already be available with five engines. These include the top-of-the-line 302bhp 335i model and the 320d, which will probably be the top-selling variant. It is slated to begin selling in the UK in late spring.

It has a starting price of about £1500 higher than an equivalent 3-series Touring model. The 3-series GT has the following measurements: length of 4824mm, width of 1828mm, and height of 1508mm. This means that compared to the 3-series Touring, it is longer by 200mm, wider by 17mm, and taller by 79mm.

Read the entire article 2014 Bmw 3-Series Gran Turismo gets official

The all-new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray can be experienced by fans through the Gran Turismo 5 racing game on their Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation 3 (PS3) system. Since the company was presented to the game in November 2012, almost 500,000 people have driven the camouflaged Corvette prototype.

The Corvette Stingray is the the seventh generation of the legendary sports car. This authentic driving experience was made possible by the collaboration between Chevrolet and Polyphony Digital Inc., the developers of the Gran Turismo franchise. Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing, said that a “thrilling experience” is what awaits those who drive the all-new Corvette Stingray, which is the most powerful and sophisticated standard Corvette ever.

Due to this team-up with Gran Turismo, Chevrolet can give performance car enthusiasts the opportunity to have an exclusive driving experience the day after the global debut of the Corvette Stingray.

Read the entire article 2014 Corvette Stingray now available in Gran Turismo 5