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Report: Sony readying Gran Turismo movie with 50 Shades producers [w/poll]

By Chris Paukert

Gran Turismo 6 screencap showing Nissan GT-R Nismo racecar

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Video game franchises turned into Hollywood blockbuster movies have certainly come a long way since the days of Super Mario Bros. and Double Dragon, yet each new adaptation still gives us pause as moviegoers. Even so, we’re prepared to momentarily suspend our cynicism upon learning that Sony is readying a Gran Turismo big-screen treatment, following on the heels of Dreamworks’ Need For Speed movie plans.

According to The Wrap, the movie is said to be proceeding under the direction of Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, producers of Fifty Shades of Grey and The Social Network, with Sony executives Elizabeth Cantillon, DeVon Franklin and Hanna Minghella keeping a close eye on the project.

While not originating from a video game series, The Wrap notes that the Fast and The Furious series has become Universal Pictures’ most bankable franchise, triggering a run on car-related movies as of late. Other auto films set to hit the theaters soon include Ron Howard’s Rush and Snake and Mongoose, both based on historic motorsports battles.

No word yet on when the movie may see theaters, but it’s likely that fans of the franchise will doubtlessly have their copies of Gran Turismo 6 (shown above) before the film’s opening night.

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Sony readying Gran Turismo movie with 50 Shades producers [w/poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Producers to Steer Gran Turismo Movie

What with the popularity of Universal’s Fast & the Furious franchise, it comes as no surprise that Sony’s putting pedal to the metal on its own car movie based on its existing Gran Turismo video game series. What might raise an eyebrow, however? The Gran Turismo movie is being steered by the duo behind the upcoming movie adaption ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’

That’s right folks, Fifty Shades of Grey producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti are at the wheel of the upcoming car flick, according to The Wrap.  No other details have been revealed at this stage, but Gran Turismo will join Dreamworks’ upcoming Need for Speed movie, Legendary’s Hot Wheels and of course, Universal’s existing Fast & the Furious franchise in the race to be King of the ‘fast cars, fast women’ genre. Not that there are many fast women in Polyphony’s Gran Turismo; it will be interesting to see how a somewhat dry driving simulator can be translated into a thrilling action-packed car movie.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games

Retailer Lists Gran Turismo 6 for PlayStation 3

We’ve known that Gran Turismo 6 has been in development since 2010, but back in February, an interesting could-be leak occurred. Sony executive Michael Denny said Gran Turismo 6 would come to PS3 in 2013. It seemed to lend significant credence to the notion that Gran Turismo 6 is actually a current-generation game.

And now, more evidence that Gran Turismo 6 is coming to PS3 has emerged.

I was included on an interesting Tweet linking to this Newegg listing. It’s pretty bare bones, but what it says is rather clear: Gran Turismo 6 is a PlayStation 3 game.

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From: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/16/retailer-lists-gran-turismo-6-for-playstation-3

First Drive: 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo [w/video]

By Matt Davis

2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

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BMW Gets Much Closer To The GT Look And Feel It Seeks

The 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is being launched to a pretty cynical automotive press brigade. You know it. We know it. Heck, even BMW knows it. We’ve just returned from driving it on the rather unforgiving and sometimes nasty roads of Sicily, and even before we got behind the wheel, many of our media colleagues were busying themselves doubting the 3 GT‘s very raison d’être. So, despite the always excellent Sicilian hospitality, the day’s atmosphere was kind of fragile.

While the press in attendance seemed determined to nail every product expert to the wall for having been even tangentially associated with the larger 5 Series Gran Turismo, it seemed that BMW decided ahead of time to not introduce such a sensitive discussion topic. That strategy would do little to smooth things over as everyone started digging for dirt on BMW‘s so far clumsy Gran Turismo franchise.

As it turns out, we like the 3 GT despite so many packaging and design cards being stacked against it just by association with the 5 GT precedent. Automotive journalists are sometimes wrong en masse and this case of prejudice toward the 3 GT is one of those times.

And besides, much in the way the entire Buick brand still exists because China fell in love with it (entirely to General Motors‘ dumb-luck surprise), the 5 GT has somewhat thrived due to similar circumstances. The odd-duck 5 Series version – arguably the least appealing design ever to roll out of the halls of BMW – has found its savior almost exclusively in the Land of Confucius. After driving this new 3 GT, we have no reason to doubt it will find far more favor not just in China, but in all of BMW‘s major markets.

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2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 BMW 3-series Gran Turismo First Drive: The Bread-and-Butter BMW Goes All Bumpy Out Back

By Jens Meiners

2014 BMW 335i GT M Sport Line

Enthusiasts winced when news came through that BMW would subject the latest 3-series to its “Gran Turismo” treatment. With all the recent talk about offering front-wheel-drive cars and electric vehicles, not to mention the Pillsbury Doughboy-as-wagon-replacement 5-series GT, haven’t we been subjected to enough BMW experimentation lately? READ MORE ››

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

2014 BMW 5-series Spy Photos: Keeping Up with the Latest A6 and E-class

By Jens Meiners

2014 BMW 5-Series (spy photo)

What It Is: BMW’s popular 5-series, captured showing off its mid-cycle face lift for 2014. The refreshed 5er won’t make its public debut until late this spring, but this is a first glimpse at the modified front end, which will be applied to both the sedan and the station-wagon models, although the latter will continue to be left off U.S. order sheets. (The high-roof 5-series Gran Turismo will get a face lift as well.) The visual highlights of this nip and tuck will include updated headlights—with the option of full-LED units likely becoming available—as well as a slightly modified front fascia making use of a pair of smaller kidney grilles. Some engines will get minor tweaks (outlined below), and the iDrive infotainment system will be significantly upgraded to include the latest gadgets. This includes improved search functionality and enhanced interaction through additional apps. READ MORE ››

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

Sony Exec Confirms Gran Turismo 6 Coming To PlayStation 3

By John Gaudiosi, Contributor

One reason Sony didn’t showcase a new GT6 at PlayStation Meeting 2013 is because it’s racing to PS3. When it comes to driving games, Sony’s biggest franchise is Gran Turismo. The franchise has sold over 65 million copies worldwide of Gran Turismo games on PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PSP over the years. The most recent game, GT5, was a huge hit with sales of over 7.5 million copies. …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Video: Sony unveils new <em>DriveClub</em> racing game franchise for PS4

By John Neff

PS4 game DriveClub - screencap of Hennessey's taillamps

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Sony held a big event last night where many thought it would debut its next-next-next-gen console system, the Playstation 4. As it turns out, Sony both did and didn’t debut the PS4, choosing to keep the console’s design a secret for now while premiering the new controller’s look, a new Kinect-like camera peripheral and the machine’s basic hardware specs.

The other thing that got a lot of attention were games, one of which previewed during the event was DriveClub, a new racing game franchise by Evolution Studios that will launch with the PS4 this holiday season. The studios prior highlights include developing World Rally Championship games for the PS2 and Motorstorm for the PS3. The teaser vid for DriveClub can be watched below, and while it looks darn good, these sorts of vids aren’t always accurate representations of what the actual gameplay graphics will look like.

From what we’ve heard and can tell from the video, DriveClub will look and work just like the other major racing game franchises, namely the Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport series. It’s reported, however, that DriveClub will be able to support hundreds of drivers and that it’s graphical detail goes down to a car’s “microscopic” flecks of paint.

As for the cars that will be included, we see a number of vehicles in the teaser video, including the Hennessey Venom GT, BAC Mono and Pagani Huayra, among others. Mercedes-Benz has even issued a press release announcing that the CLA45 AMG and A45 AMG will be in the game and included the first official shot of the former done up in the game’s photorealistic graphics.

So what say you Playstation users? Does DriveClub look like it can give the grand-daddy of next-gen racing games, Gran Turismo, a run for its money on Sony’s console?

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Sony unveils new DriveClub racing game franchise for PS4 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Proof: Video Games Can Make You A Faster Racer

By Kurt Ernst

The Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 of Jann Mardenborough and Alex Buncombe

The Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 of Jann Mardenborough and Alex Buncombe

The premise behind Nissan’s GT Academy is simple: pick the fastest race car drivers in the virtual world, on the Sony PlayStation 3 console’s Gran Turismo 5, and then do what you can to turn one into a professional racer in the real world. Past winners, such as Lucas Ordonez, have progressed rapidly from gaming to winning real races, and Ordonez’s crowning achievement to date was a podium finish at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 2012, GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough ran in the British GT Championship’s Pro-Am class with professional racer Alex Buncombe. The Pro-Am category pairs novice drivers with pros, in order to mentor rising stars and give them seat time in competition. In short, it sounds like the perfect ladder series for GT Academy drivers to aspire to.

There’s only one problem. In the opinion of the British GT Championship manager, Benjamin Franassovici, GT Academy winners are too fast to be amateur drivers, but too inexperienced to be considered professionals. Franassovici has banned GT Academy winners from competing in the series’ 2013 races, as “Their talent, going on Jann’s speed last year, doesn’t reflect this lack of experience so it is not fair to put them up against our Pro/Gentleman grid, the basis of British GT3.”

While it’s a compliment for any racer to hear he’s too fast to run in a particular series, the ban also impacts the drivers ability to get seat time. Nissan’s global motorsports director, Darren Cox, calls the decision “disappointing,” but promises that new GT Academy graduates will still have a great schedule in 2013.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Automotive Addicts

Will Killzone 4 Come to PlayStation 4 Later This Year?

For the last week, it’s been all but expected that on February 20th, Sony will finally reveal the PlayStation 4 (or whatever it will end up being called). And rumors abound that the console may be released by the end of this year, at least in Sony’s home country of Japan and in the world’s biggest market, the United States.

But what good would that console be without games? We’ve speculated recently about what Sony’s own studios are doing, and we even wondered if games like the next Killzone and Gran Turismo would be revealed at the New York City event.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games

Official: 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo has arrived, don't call it a wagon

By Zach Bowman

2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo - front three-quarter view with sport pack

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Behold the 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. BMW unveiled the new five door just ahead of the machine’s debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, complete with a raft of photos. US buyers will be able to get their hands on both 328i and 335i incarnations of the hatchback beginning this summer. Despite its proportions, the Gran Turismo is a whopping 7.9 inches longer than the 3 Series Sport Wagon and a full 3.2 inches taller. The GT also throws in 4.3 inches of extra wheelbase compared to the wagon, which translates into 2.3 inches of extra rear legroom.

Of course, the liftback design also means there’s 18.3 cubic feet of cargo area out back, which bests the wagon by one cube. Designers integrated the company’s first active spoiler to improve aerodynamics, and an M Sport package (seen here) helps give the machine a more purposeful look. As with its four-door siblings, the 328i Gran Turismo benefits from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, 335i buyers can look forward to finding a 300 horsepower 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline six cylinder engine with 300 lb-ft of torque.

Perhaps the real question in light of slow sales for its big-brother 5 Series Gran Turismo brother is…. will it sell? Check out the massive gallery above and full press release below for more information, then feel free to hazard a guess as to its chances for success in Comments.

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2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo has arrived, don’t call it a wagon originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 BMW 3-series Gran Turismo: Standing Tall [2013 Geneva Auto Show]

By Jens Meiners

2014 BMW 335i GT M Sport Line

BMW’s lineup—once laser-focused and now far-ranging—has us feeling somewhat ambiguous. To pick two extremes: We are big fans of the BMW 3-series sports sedan, which we regard as the benchmark of its class; on the other hand, we have never warmed to the 5-series Gran Turismo, a brainchild of customer research and probably one of the strangest-looking cars on the road today. So what do we make of the new 3-series Gran Turismo?  READ MORE ››

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

Video: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray for <em>Gran Turismo 5</em> available tomorrow for free [w/video]

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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Even though you can’t yet mosey down to your nearest Chevrolet dealer to snag a 2014 Corvette Stingray – the on-sale date will be sometime in the third quarter of 2013 – you don’t have to wait much longer to pilot one in the virtual world. Starting tomorrow, January 14, Gran Turismo 5 owners will be able to download the new ‘Vette for free from the PlayStation Store.

The C7 Corvette has been available in prototype form, complete with form-fitting black camouflage, for over a month in GT5, and the prior six generations of the Corvette are also all available to drive in the game. Now, though, the full Stingray experience will allow gamers to peer at the newest ‘Vette in virtual high resolution inside and out, hit 60 miles per hour in under four seconds and pull more than 1g on race tracks all around the world, including the world-famous Nürburgring.

Check out images of the 2014 Corvette Stingray in GT5 below, then scroll down below to watch a video and read all about it in the press release.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray for Gran Turismo 5 available tomorrow for free [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Gran Turismo 5 Gets Free 2014 Corvette DLC

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is coming to Gran Turismo 5 as free downloadable content tomorrow. The car was originally released as the C7 Test Prototype in November (and covered by a tarp) but will now be fully unveiled just one day after its reveal at the North American International Auto Show.

“During the creation of the virtual Corvette Stingray, careful attention was paid to the tiniest details of the new design inside and out, as well as to the enhanced performance and driving characteristics — right down to the shift schedule for the 7-speed manual transmission,” SCEA associate product manager Ken Chan wrote on the PlayStation Blog. “The Corvette Stingray will produce an estimated 450 horsepower and 450 ft. lbs. of torque, is capable of accelerating from 0-60 in less than four seconds and will achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. It will also be the most fuel-efficient Corvette ever, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 MPG of the current model.”

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games