As Chevrolet unveils the new Corvette Stingray, PlayStation 3 users will have the chance to push the car to the limits in Gran Turismo 5.
Nearly 500,000 people around the world have driven the camouflaged Corvette prototype since it was introduced in the game in November of last year.
Chevrolet and Polyphony Digital, the developers of the Gran Turismo franchise, collaborated to provide an authentic driving experience in the Corvette Stingray the seventh generation of the iconic sports car.
‚”Getting behind the wheel of the all-new Corvette Stingray the most powerful, most efficient and most sophisticated standard Corvette ever is sure to be a thrilling experience,‚” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing. ‚”Through this unique collaboration with Gran Turismo, Chevrolet is able, for the first time, to give performance car enthusiasts access to such an exclusive driving experience the day after the Corvette Stingray’s world debut.‚”
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 driving characteristics down to the shift schedule for the 7-speed manual transmission.
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.
‚”The Polyphony team has had an unforgettable experience getting to know the Corvette Stingray, inside and out, and bringing it into Gran Turismo 5,‚” said Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc. ‚”We’re excited to share our experience with fans and let them feel, explore and drive the Corvette in a way that wasn’t possible until now.‚”
All six previous generations of the Corvette have been available to players of the Gran Turismo series since the game’s inception and the Chevrolet nameplate remains one of the most popular vehicles to race. The Corvette Stingray will be available as a free download through the PlayStation Store from your PlayStation 3 system on Tuesday, Jan. 15, and can be driven on some of the world’s renowned race tracks, including Daytona International Speedway and the infamous Nurburgring one of the track surfaces used in testing to evaluate the new Corvette Stingray’s driving dynamics.
The Gran Turismo series has sold more than 68 million games since its inception and remains the highest-selling PlayStation-exclusive franchise of all time.