1998 was superb year for self-proclaimed car nuts and motorsport fans across the world.
Formula One witnessed one of its most intense title battles as Mika Hakkinen defeated Michael Schumacher to claim his first of two world titles.
Tommi Mäkinen, Carlos Sainz, and Colin McRae were contesting the World Rally Championship with the series in arguably its rudest ever health, and Ford released its dominant family car the Ford Focus.
However, forget all that because something else remarkable happened in the automotive landscape that year: The original Gran Turismo was released on the Playstation and it took the whole of Europe by storm.
The game was five years in the making from Polyphony Digital and then produced by Kazunori Yamauchi and was a hit for its incredibly real-life graphics, tuning ability, range of officially licenced cars and game play.
Never before had such a realistic racing computer game existed with media, fans and even professional drivers themselves unable to get enough of this superb game.
Even now, the Gran Turismo franchise remains one of the strongest on the market today but it all started back in the 1990’s with the original.
In honour of the game that started it all, we take a look back at all of the 140 cars that featured on Gran Turismo released in Europe in May 1998.
American muscle has always played a big part of the Gran Turismo series and none more so than in game one.
You could drive a range of Chevy’s in the game such as:
The Sporty Camero Z28 and the 30th Anniversary edition. The glorious 1967 Stingray as well as the 96 Coupe and Grand Sport.
This is where the game had me, my ultimate car the Dodge Viper GTS was a big feature of the original game along with the GTS-R, the GTS-R Oreca, the RT/10 and the Dodge concept car (copperhead concept from 97).
Naturally, Japanese manufacturers built out the bulk of Gran Turismo and Honda featured no less 25 of the cars on the game.
These were: –
The Honda CRX 1.6 ESi ’93, Honda CRX 1.6 SiR ’93, Honda CR-X 1.6 VTEC ’91, Honda Civic Ferio VTi ’93, Honda Civic VTi ’93, Honda Prelude 2.0 Si ’91, Honda Prelude 2.2 VTEC ’91, Honda CRX 1.6 ESi, Honda CRX 1.6 SiR, Honda Civic Ferio VTi, Honda Civic VTi, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Accord Sedan, Honda Accord Wagon, Honda Prelude 2.2 VTi, Honda Prelude Type S, Honda Integra SiR-G, Honda Integra Type R, Honda NSX ’90, Honda NSX Type R ’92, Honda NSX, Honda NSX Type S, Honda NSX Type S Zero, Honda NSX-R LM GT2, Honda CRX del Sol LM Edition.
Right, here we go, another big list, but to those who played the game the Mazda Demio holds fond memories as one of the first cars they will have ever driven on the game for winning the Sunday Cup.
The Mazda cars available were: –
Mazda Demio LX G Package, Mazda Demio GL, Mazda Demio GL-X, Mazda Demio A spec, Mazda 323F Coupe 2000 Type R, Mazda MX-5 1500 ’89 Normal, Mazda MX-5 1500 ’90 V-Special, Mazda MX-5 1600 ’92 S-Special, Mazda MX-5 1800 Normal, Mazda MX-5 1800 S-Special, Mazda MX-5 1800 V-Special, Mazda MX-5 1.8 RS, Mazda RX-7 GT-X, Mazda RX-7 Infini 3, Mazda Cosmo Type S CCS, Mazda Cosmo Type E CCS, Mazda RX-7 ’91 Type R, Mazda RX-7 Touring X, Mazda RX-7 Type RB, Mazda RX-7 Type RZ, Mazda Mazdaspeed RX-7 A spec, Mazda RX-7 LM Edition, Mazda RX-7 A spec LM Edition.
Another Japanese manufacturer and another boat load of cars available to drive.
Mitsubishi’s offerings were: –
The Mitsubishi Galant VR-G Touring, Mitsubishi Mirage ’92 Cyborg R, Mitsubishi Mirage Asti RX, Mitsubishi FTO ’94 GR, Mitsubishi FTO GR, Mitsubishi FTO ’94 GPX, Mitsubishi FTO GPX, Mitsubishi FTO GP Version R, Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III GSR, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV GSR, Mitsubishi Galant VR-4, Mitsubishi 3000GT ’92, Mitsubishi 3000GT ’95 SR, Mitsubishi 3000GT SR, Mitsubishi 3000GT ’92 Twin Turbo, Mitsubishi 3000GT ’95 Twin Turbo, Mitsubishi 3000GT Twin Turbo, Mitsubishi 3000GT ’95 Twin Turbo MR, Mitsubishi 3000GT LM Edition, Mitsubishi FTO LM Edition.
Nissan really took to Gran Turismo and provided the greatest number of cars for the original game with over 30 specs of cars.
They were as follows: –
Nissan Primera GT ’90, Nissan Primera GT ’95, Nissan S13 Silvia ’88 Q’s 1800cc, Nissan S13 Silvia ’91 Q’s 2000cc, Nissan S13 Silvia ’88 K’s 1800cc, Nissan S13 Silvia ’91 K’s 2000cc, Nissan Sileighty, Nissan 200SX Type S, Nissan 200SX ’94 Type X, Nissan 200SX Type X, Nissan S14 200SX ’95 Q’s, Nissan S14 200SX Q’s, Nissan S14 200SX ’95 K’s, Nissan S14 200SX K’s, Nissan R32 Skyline GTS25 Type S, Nissan R32 Skyline GTS-t Type M, Nissan R32 Skyline GTS-4, Nissan R33 Skyline GTS25t Type M, Nissan 300ZX 2+2, Nissan 300ZX, Nissan 300ZX 2+2 Turbo, Nissan 300ZX Turbo, Nissan Sunny ’91, Nissan R32 Skyline ’89 GT-R, Nissan R32 Skyline ’91 GT-R, Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R Vspec, Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R Vspec II, Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R Nismo, Nissan R33 Skyline ’95 GT-R, Nissan R33 Skyline GT-R, Nissan R33 Skyline ’95 GT-R Vspec, Nissan R33 Skyline GT-R Vspec, Nissan Nismo GT-R LM, Nissan Nismo 400R, Nissan Nismo GT-R LM Road Version, Nissan S14 200SX LM Edition.
Nice work Nissan.
Ahh, not trip down Gram Turismo memory lane would be complete with Subaru who provided their Impreza as one of the top cars in the game.
Their complete car list was: –
Subaru SVX Version L, Subaru SVX S4, Subaru Legacy ’93 Wagon GT, Subaru Legacy Wagon GT, Subaru Legacy ’93 Sedan GT, Subaru Legacy Sedan GT, Subaru Impreza ’94 Wagon GT, Subaru Impreza ’95 Wagon WRX-STi ver.II, Subaru Impreza ’96 Wagon GT, Subaru Impreza ’96 Wagon WRX-STi ver.III, Subaru Impreza ’94 Sedan GT, Subaru Impreza ’95 Sedan WRX-STi ver.II, Subaru Impreza ’96 Sedan GT, Subaru Impreza ’96 Sedan WRX-STi ver.III, Subaru Impreza WRX-STi Type R, Subaru Impreza Rally Edition.
The largest manufacturer of them all had to be there, and Toyota certainly was providing over 20 cars for the game.
These were: –
Toyota Starlet Glanza V, Toyota AE86 Corolla Levin GT-APEX, Toyota AE86 Corolla GT-S GT-APEX, Toyota Corolla Levin BZ-G, Toyota Sprinter Trueno BZ-G, Toyota Corona Exiv 200GT, Toyota Celica SS-II, Toyota MR2 G-Limited, Toyota MR2 GT-S, Toyota Celica GT-Four, Toyota Mark II ’92 Tourer S, Toyota Mark II ’92 Tourer V, Toyota MA70 Supra (Turbo), Toyota JZA70 Supra Twin Turbo-R, Toyota Chaser Tourer S, Toyota Chaser Tourer V, Toyota Soarer ’95 2.5GT-T, Toyota Soarer 2.5GT-T VVT-I, Toyota Supra ’95, Toyota Supra SZ-R, Toyota Supra ’95 (Turbo), Toyota Supra RZ, Toyota TRD 3000GT, Toyota Castrol Supra GT, Toyota Chaser LM Edition.
It was refreshing to see British independent TVR on the Gran Turismo list with their cars providing some of the most desirable vehicles on the game.
They were: –
TVR Griffith 4.0, TVR Griffith 500, TVR Cerbera, TVR Tuscan Speed Six, TVR Speed 12, TVR Cerbera LM Edition.
So, there you have it, all of the cars from arguably the most ground-breaking game ever to be released.
(Huge credit to https://granturismo.neoseeker.com for the list of cars).