• Aug 5th 2009 at 8:29AM
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Corvette ZR1 Gran Turismo Screenshot - Click above for hi-res image gallery

Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi picks the image that goes on the cover of each breathlessly-awaited edition of the franchise. For the latest version of the game for the PSP, the Corvette ZR1 graces the box. Though he hails from Japan where there's many flavors of off-the-hook cars from the island's indigenous automakers, Yamauchi's got a love affair with American iron. "If you're looking for the optimum specs, layout, and styling in an FR car, it would be the ZR1," Yamauchi told Motor Trend. New screenshots of the ZR1 as it appears in Gran Turismo PSP have hit the web as well, fomenting worldwide desire.

The second American car to decorate a Gran Turismo box (the first being a Ford GT), the single Corvette image won out over a mock-up that included a Viper and a Mustang. It seems that while Gran Turismo gives gamers access to cars they may never see in the flesh, it does afford its maker the ability to poke around real examples of such awe-inspiring vehicles. For most GT fans, both new versions of the game and the cars that inhabit its digital simulations are the things of feverish dreams. The difference is that when the game finally drops, it will be obtainable.

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[Source Motor Trend via GTPlanet]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is actually the 3rd american car on the cover. The original featured the Camaro.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, if you look at the detail in the shots, there barely isn't any, the gloss is choppy, the rims are not shaded right. This is a PSP model. Yes, it might not look like that in the game, but the pics were extracted from the model used in the game, then prettied up. Everybody does it now.
        JDM Life
        • 6 Years Ago

        Its still miles ahead anything the DS can do and the best graphics of anyhandled ever. It looks damn good...PS1 had worse graphics. Be grateful...or do you wanna go play mariocart?
      • 6 Years Ago
      i believe the PS3 version is coming out in november.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Corvette, the only car/brand that is worth a damn in GM's lineup
      I love the regular Vette and especially this ZR1!!!!

      btw...I saw the new Camaro the other day. Why is the rear so hunched up???
        • 6 Years Ago
        Those are all good cars but the Corvette is actually great. I have to agree with Jim. GM needs more cars the are better than "good" to stand out because plenty of other makers make good cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Cadillac CTS-V would like a word with you.
        • 6 Years Ago

        556 horsepower would like to disagree with you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cadillac is old styling, I have had furious fights with people I know who have them and they say that they hate change, well, it just makes them ugly. It is difficult to distinguish the car from a new version, to something 8 years old. The only difference is the grill or headlights. Plus, it's just other GM cars re-bodied to be uglified. I saw on this website that a new designer was taking reigns in Cadillac, hopefully it gets better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "If you're looking for the optimum specs, layout, and styling in an FR car, it would be the ZR1"

      Couldn't say it better myself. I love the modern corvettes, I believe we should strike the word chevrolet off its name and let it be just Corvette. It's just wrong to walk in a showroom where an Aveo and Corvette ZR1 sold side by side just because it's from the same "manufacturer".
        • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        While Aveo isn't a prime example, one of the reasons a car like the Corvette can exist is that the company that makes it sells lesser cars and trucks to help pay for development costs of a car that is so low volume. The car would be much more expensive if it wasn't a test bed for other technology and powertrains (LS engine developed for Corvette first was distributed to cars and trucks as an example, which offset costs of developing a new engine for a low volume car).
        • 6 Years Ago
        There is a reason why Corvettes are sold with Cadillacs in Europe and not with Chevrolets.
        • 6 Years Ago
        what is with everyone being so shallow. Please get over that GM has made and still continues to make very respectable cars. (there was a period of 20 years where gm made bad cars" but thats over.

        everyone on this site seems to like performance try this on. these are cars that are best in class being built right now.
        Cobalt SS, camaro, corvette, cts-v

        now give GM credit because you know its due.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, I brought my PS3 near launch thinking it would be a nice toy to keep for a long time, so after trying it out I put it away in the box and thought of getting it out when some decent games were made. Over two years now and I'm still waiting for a reason to get it out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You need to open your eyes a little more. Plenty of games out there on PS3 that are worth playing.
      JDM Life
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a PSP because of this game. My last one broke so I gave up.

      Love Sony.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can I please just get something for my PS3 that isn't a fricking demo?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. This games needs to come out SOON.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I right there with ya
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...many flavors of off-the-hook cars from the island's indigenous automakers..."

      Besides the GT-R, what else does Japan make in the way of "off-the-hook" cars? Honda NSX- dead, S2000- dead in a year. Toyota supra- dead. Am I missing something?
        JDM Life
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes your missing alot.

        Just because the car is not in production does not mean its cant be hot. So yes the Supra, NSX etc will be the "hot" cars in this game. With the GTR backing them also.

        After all it is a Japanese game.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well you gotta consider who uses the phrase "off the hook."

        I think the only "off the hook" cars by American OEMs would be... the Cobalt SS?

        Or would that better be termed, "that sh** is bangin' yo!"


        • 6 Years Ago
        @JDM Life

        It should be a great game and I can't wait for it- I've just about every car in Prologue, getting a little boring lol.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Last I checked the Z was still in production.

        If you're going to travel down to the S2000 price range, why are you ignoring the 370Z?
        JDM Life
        • 6 Years Ago
        What ever car makes it on cover...makes it on cover IDC. The IS-F, GTR or 370z would have been a better more logic choice instead of the vette.

        I cant wait to drive the F along with other cars in the game. Great game.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I knew I would be hearing from JDM Life. I suppose you feel the IS-F should be the cover car right?
        • 6 Years Ago

        You are right but I only put the S2000 on there because some people (Honda fanboys) would have you believe that the S2000 is the greatest car of all time. VTEC yo!!!!
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