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Jay Leno Takes Gran Turismo 6 for a Test Drive

Ken Chan's Avatar + Posted by Ken Chan on Dec 10, 2013 // Product Manager, SCEA

Collector and auto expert Jay Leno took two cars from Gran Turismo 6 for test drives in the latest film episode of JayLenosGarage.com: his own 1000 horsepower Oldsmobile Toronado, and also the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept car designed especially for the game. In addition to being one of the first to drive the Vision Gran Turismo in the game, Leno is the first person outside Mercedes-Benz to pilot the Vision GT concept car — which was revealed at the recent LA Auto Show — in real life, using a radio controller through his LA garage.

Mercedes-Benz brought the AMG Vision Gran Turismo to Jay’s garage directly from the LA Show. The Vision is the first of a series of concept cars from various manufacturers made for Gran Turismo 6. But, so far, the only one to be turned into a real car. Leno said he thinks games are taking over in determining what cars achieve cult status.

“Video games are where cars will achieve cult status going forward and, like the Mercedes-Benz, where we will see cars make their debuts before being made for real.”

Jay’s cars are also making a return in GT6. The 1966 Toronado is the second of Jay’s cars to be featured in Gran Turismo. The first was his Tank Car, a behemoth of a dragster powered by an engine from a Patton tank. The Toronado mixes 21st Century chassis, suspension, and a twin-turbocharged engine from a Chevrolet Corvette with a 1960′s body. The result is a monster of a muscle car. In the film, Leno gives an insight to gamers in how to tame the Toronado.

“We love Jay’s knowledge and enthusiasm for cars,” said Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi. “It’s great having the Toronado in the game. I have driven it in the game and it’s a real challenge.”

“My Tank Car was in the previous game, so it’s great the PlayStation guys wanted my Toronado in this time,” said Leno. “It is in the same class as Le Mans cars because it has so much power. It is a real handful to drive.”

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15 Comments

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+ madmexican on December 10th, 2013 at 10:55 am said:

What steering wheel are they using?


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+ Matrix_Lion on December 10th, 2013 at 10:56 am said:

This is so cool.


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+ tusunami on December 10th, 2013 at 11:18 am said:

I’m still ot sure if I get this that I will have time to play this. With being a PS Plus member a lot of games already. Hopefully if I get a chance would like to play soon probably.


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+ jim353_01 on December 10th, 2013 at 12:09 pm said:

are u goign to racing car ??


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+ trexpert on December 10th, 2013 at 12:18 pm said:

@madmexican it looked like they were using the Driving Force GT wheel with Leno, not sure what the other guy was using, looked higher end than the DF GT which is what i have.


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+ PrimeroIncognito on December 10th, 2013 at 2:18 pm said:

I feel the same way as Jay… behind the car camera is the best… cockpit cam is way over-rated…


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+ ArvindraHerod12 on December 10th, 2013 at 2:35 pm said:

Glad to see Leno and the Turismo Team still having a strong connection.


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+ CommandingTiger on December 10th, 2013 at 8:09 pm said:

Let’s hope they drop the micro-transactions, that way the game will sell a lot better.


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+ Lazard47 on December 10th, 2013 at 8:15 pm said:

Honestly, I’ve already acquired my B Class license and haven’t had to purchase any cars with real dollars. Sure there’s several cars that I’d love to have in my garage but @ 20 million a pop on a few, those can stay right where they are… out of my garage.


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+ Lazard47 on December 10th, 2013 at 8:17 pm said:

Also, Jay Leno owns over 100 cars and 30 motorcycles and yet there’s only ONE of his cars available for purchase.


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+ Lord_Orpheo on December 10th, 2013 at 10:31 pm said:

So will just Leno’s Toranado be in GT6 or will his Tank Car also make a return?


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+ BrianC6234 on December 10th, 2013 at 10:48 pm said:

“I feel the same way as Jay… behind the car camera is the best… cockpit cam is way over-rated…”

I prefer it too but I don’t use a wheel. Maybe the in-car view is more fun using a wheel. I can’t wait to get Jay’s car though and see what it drives like.


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+ BrianC6234 on December 11th, 2013 at 1:55 am said:

I think there’s a typo in the car info box in GT6 for this car. It says it’s a 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado but then says the car is 60 years old. If it’s a 1966 it’s only 47 years old.


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+ VICKZOO on December 11th, 2013 at 3:24 am said:

what a classic ..awesome car JAY!


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+ Elvick_ on December 12th, 2013 at 10:00 am said:

Nice promotion.


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