More GT3 Car Models Revealed

As part of its official announcement of Gran Turismo 3 for the North American market, Sony reveals several more cars models for its upcoming sim racer.

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Sony Computer Entertainment America has officially announced Gran Turismo 3 for the North American PlayStation 2, and it has also released detailed information on the game. Although most of the information has been discussed before, the company did confirm that there will be a new rally mode in the game, where players race through gravel tracks. As cars powerslide, their tires kick up dirt that impairs their opponents' view. Also, up to six players can race in GT3 on six television sets using the PS2 I-link cable, and there will be 30 new car models in the game. In addition to the partial car list that was announced previously, more models were revealed, including the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR Tommi Makinen Stripe Edition, Lancer Evolution VI GSR, Lancer Evolution VII GSR, Peugeot 206 S16, Toyota Altezza (Stock), Toyota Autobacs Apex MR-S GT, and the rally racers - Astra, VX220, and Caribra - from Vauxhall. All these models, and the ones listed previously, will be in the North American release of the game. Interestingly, the Diablo GT Car, which appeared on the Japanese list, was not listed among the vehicles available in the North American release of the game. According to a Sony representative, the company does not own the Lamborghini license and that model may not be included in the game's final US release.

"We are thrilled to bring the Gran Turismo franchise to the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system," said Ami Blaire, director of product marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Gran Turismo 3 A-spec truly revolutionizes the racing category, bringing a new dimension in physics, graphics, and special effects that blurs the line between game and reality. It will appeal to a much broader audience and will drive the formation of the PlayStation 2 platform."

Gran Turismo 3 will be released in March 2001 in North America.

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