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    Gran Turismo: Complete Car List
    Version 1.7--6 August 1999
    Compiled by Dave Connoy
    NEW EMAIL! connoy@mailcity.com
    
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    | Preface |
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    This document is simply a list of all 172 (148 distinct) cars available in
    the North American version of Gran Turismo.  I've decided to compile it
    because despite a good chunk of literature on tuning and racing technique
    associated with the game, no complete and accurate list of the cars and their
    capabilities has been assembled.  So, here it is.  Because of its tabular
    nature, this document requires a monospace font and five-character tabs--be
    sure the following characters line up.
    
    blah blah blah
    .... .... ....
    
    Having grown tired of testing out endless cars, and needing to finish at
    least a few of the RPGs I've accumulated before even more hit in September,
    I've decided to more or less stick a fork in this list.  I've put "estimated"
    ratings for the Mazdas and Subarus, obtained more or less by eyeballing their
    stats and attempting to remember past races.  I suspect the estimated ratings
    are accurate, but are not to be taken as seriously as other ratings (as if
    anyone took the other ratings seriously in the first place:).  See you come
    GT2.
    
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    | Table of Contents |
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    Version History
    Introduction/Notation
    Car Dealers
         Nissan
         Honda
         Acura
         Mazda
         Mitsubishi
         Toyota
         Subaru
         Chevrolet
         Dodge
         Aston Martin
         TVR
    Prize Car Listing
    Gran Turismo's Best Cars
         Best Bargain Cars
         Best Front-Wheel Drive Cars
         Best Normal Cars
         Best Arcade Mode Cars
         Best Racing-Spec Cars
    Final Words
    Credits
    
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    | Version History |
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    Version 1.7: 2 July 1999.  Probably the final version.  (Check the added
         Preface text for more details.)  Added overall ratings to Toyota cars.
         Removed rarities from prize car comments (many people reported
         experiences different from mine).  Added a new "Bad" rating after
         testing out those Demios.
    Version 1.6: 14 April 1999.  Made major revisions to diversify the "Best
         Normal Cars" and "Best FF Cars" lists.  Added overall ratings to Honda
         and Mitsubishi cars.  Cut the "Version History" down to the last two
         versions.  Added "Prize Car Listing" for a quick reference to the prize
         cars.
    
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    | Introduction/Notation |
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    Name: The first column contains the car's name, prefixed with a "*" if it is
    a prize car (obtained by winning a particular event) and/or an [R] if it is a
    racing-spec car.
    
    DrvTrn: This column notes the car's drivetrain (using the conventions in the
    Gran Turismo manual).
    
    #G: The next column is the number of gears in car's transmission when fitted
    with its normal gearbox.  All 4-speed cars and some 5-speed cars get an extra
    gear when fitted with the "Racing Support" gearbox.  Also, most cars get an
    extra gear or two from the "Close" and/or "Super Close" gearboxes.
    
    Stock HP: Listed with each car is the stock peak horsepower (this is the real
    value from the garage, NOT the figure quoted by the dealership).
    
    Tuned HP: This is the peak HP after all highest-spec parts installed.
    
    Stock Wt.: This is the unmodified weight of the car.
    
    Tuned Wt.: The car's weight after all three stages of weight reduction.
    
    Racing Wt.: The car's weight with racing modification fitted.
    
    Rating: Under the "Rating" column, I'll give a general rating of the car's
    race-winning potential when fully tuned.  Ratings from lowest to highest are
    Bad, Poor, Fair, Good, Great.
    
    I'll also note which race awards a particular prize car and what colors it
    comes in; many cars will have miscellaneous comments after their entry
    describing their rating or other unique characteristics.  I have labeled a
    few things "BUG" or "Mysterious Fact"; if you find anything that's similar in
    nature to them, please let me know.  The "distinct" number of cars under each
    dealer's name is the total after removing cars with identical statistics
    (it's kind of silly to count the 3 identical Eunos Roadsters as 3 different
    cars).
    
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    | Car Dealers |
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    Nissan (38 entries, 33 distinct)
    ======
    Name                              Drv # Stock Tuned Stock Tuned Racing Rating
                                      Trn G HP    HP    Wt.   Wt.   Wt.      
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Primera '90 2.0Te                 FF  5 142   324   2667  2078  1785   Poor
    
    Primera '95 2.0Te                 FF  5 142   321   2601  2028  1741   Fair
         The '95 Primera has a better suspension than its older brother, which
         lets it take corners quite a bit faster.
    
    S13 Silvia '88 Q's 1800cc         FR  5 129   237   2403  1873  1609   Poor
    *S13 Silvia Q's 1800cc            FR  5 129   237   2403  1873  1609   Poor
         Awarded in FR Challenge event; yellow, brown, or blue-green.
    S13 Silvia '91 Q's 2000cc         FR  5 133   318   2447  1906  1638   Fair
    S13 Silvia '88 K's 1800cc         FR  5 168   492   2469  2098  1776   Fair
    S13 Silvia '91 K's 2000cc         FR  5 198   479   2579  2191  1856   Fair
    *Sil Eighty                       FR  5 198   479   2579  2191  1856   Fair
         Awarded in FR Challenge event; yellow, blue, or purple.
    
    180SX Type S                      FR  5 133   318   2645  2063  1772   Fair
         Worst power-to-weight ratio in a stock rear-wheel drive car.
    180SX '94 Type X                  FR  5 192   479   2667  2266  1920   Fair
    180SX Type X                      FR  5 198   479   2689  2286  1935   Fair
    
    S14 Silvia '95 Q's                FR  5 154   321   2601  2028  1741   Poor
    S14 Silvia Q's                    FR  5 152   321   2623  2045  1757   Poor
    S14 Silvia '95 K's                FR  5 208   480   2733  2323  1966   Fair
    S14 Silvia K's                    FR  5 208   480   2755  2341  1984   Fair
    
    R32 Skyline GTS25 Type S          FR  5 181   336   2777  2164  1860   Fair
    R32 Skyline GTS-t Type M          FR  5 208   323   2777  2361  1999   Fair
    R32 Skyline GTS-4                 4WD 5 208   333   3130  2660  2253   Poor
         The GTS Type M and Type S have better acceleration than their peak HP   
         indicates, due to their more gently sloped power curves.  The GTS-4 has
         the worst power-to-weight ratio in a tuned 4WD, and is the least
         powerful 4WD overall.
                                                                            
    R33 Skyline GTS25t Type M         FR  5 237   483   2998  2548  2158   Fair
    
    Fairlady Z Version S 2by2         FR  5 225   314   3240  2526  2169   Poor
    Fairlady Z Version S 2seater      FR  5 225   314   3152  2458  2112   Poor
    Fairlady Z TwinTurbo 2by2         FR  5 272   670   3461  2940  2491   Fair
    Fairlady Z TwinTurbo 2seater      FR  5 272   670   3373  2865  2427   Fair
         The turbo Z's don't fare too well if you use automatic transmission, as
         the shift point is too low to take advantage of the peak power high on
         the rev band.  Choosing manual transmission and intentionally redlining
         each gear is the only way to fully take advantage of the turbo Zs'
         power, perhaps squeezing a "Good" performance out of them.  Don't try
         this In Real Life, kiddies.
    
    Pulsar '91 GTi-R                  4WD 5 222   381   2689  2286  1935   Fair
         Lightest commercially available four-wheel drive car.             
    
    R32 Skyline '89 GT-R              4WD 5 303   913   3152  2678  2268   Great
         Best power-to-weight ratio in a tuned car!
    R32 Skyline '91 GT-R              4WD 5 303   913   3262  2773  2347   Great
    *R32 Skyline '91 GT-R             4WD 5 303   913   3262  2773  2347   Great
         Awarded in Hard-Tuned Car event; red, yellow, or blue.
    R32 Skyline GT-R Vspec            4WD 5 303   913   3306  2810  2380   Great
    R32 Skyline GT-R Vspec II         4WD 5 303   854   3306  2810  2380   Great
    R32 Skyline GT-R Nismo            4WD 5 303   854   3306  2810  2380   Great
         What is there to say?  The Skyline GT-Rs are all absurdly powerful and
         light, and since they're 4WD, even a monkey could race them.
    
    R33 Skyline '95 GT-R              4WD 5 310   937   3373  2865  2427   Great
    R33 Skyline GT-R                  4WD 5 310   937   3373  2865  2427   Great
    R33 Skyline '95 GT-R Vspec        4WD 5 310   937   3395  2885  2442   Great
    R33 Skyline GT-R Vspec            4WD 5 310   941   3395  2885  2442   Great
         The Twinkiemobiles strike again!  At 941 peak HP, the fully tuned R33
         GT-R Vspec is the most powerful car in the game.
    
    *Nismo GT-R LM                    FR  5 311   860   3483  2960  2506   Good
         Awarded in All-Night II event; silver.  Though it has brutal HP, its
         weight makes the Nismo GT-R a handful to drive on twisty courses.
    
    *Nismo 400R                       4WD 5 411   860   3417  2903  2460   Great
         Awarded in IA License test; silver, gray, red, or yellow. Most power and
         best power-to-weight ratio in a stock 4WD.  Demolishes the Normal event.
    
    [R]Nismo GT-R LM                  FR  6       653               2513   Great
         
    *[R]S14 Silvia LM Edition         FR  6       536               2116   Great
         Awarded in All-Night I event; red or ectoplasm green.  Least powerful
         racing-spec car.
    
    
    Honda (17 entries, 16 distinct)
    =====
    Name                              Drv # Stock Tuned Stock Tuned Racing Rating
                                      Trn G HP    HP    Wt.   Wt.   Wt.      
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    del Sol '93 S                     FF  5 123   204   2286  1781  1529   Bad
    del Sol '93 Si                    FF  5 159   262   2286  1781  1529   Poor
    
    Civic '91 CR-X Si                 FF  5 152   259   2173  1695  1455   Poor
    
    *CR-X EF-8 Si-R                   FF  5 152   259   2138  1666  1430   Poor
         Awarded in FF Challenge event; black, yellow, or purple.
    
    Civic '93 Sedan                   FF  5 151   266   2275  1772  1523   Poor
    Civic '93 3Door Si                FF  5 164   286   2094  1633  1402   Poor
         Best power-to-weight ratio in a stock front-wheel drive car.
    
    Prelude '93 Si                    FF  5 152   323   2865  2235  1920   Fair
    Prelude '94 VTEC                  FF  5 205   377   2932  2286  1964   Fair
    
    Civic Sedan                       FF  5 164   265   2517  1962  1686   Poor
    Civic 3Door                       FF  5 164   265   2253  1757  1507   Poor
    
    Civic (Racer)                     FF  5 175   265   2314  1805  1549   Poor
    *EK Civic Type R                  FF  5 175   265   2314  1805  1549   Poor
         Awarded in Lightweight Battle event; pink, yellow, or blue.
    
    Accord Sedan                      FF  5 181   326   3284  2561  2200   Poor
         Heaviest front-wheel drive car.
    Accord Wagon                      FF  4 181   326   3196  2493  2140   Poor
    
    Prelude                           FF  5 188   378   2954  2303  1977   Fair
         Tied with Eclipse GT for most powerful tuned front-wheel drive car.
    Prelude Type SH                   FF  5 208   374   3042  2372  2037   Fair
    
    *[R]del Sol LM Edition            MR  6       563               1962   Great
         Awarded in UK Vs. Japan event; black or red.
    
    
    Acura (8 entries)
    =====
    Name                              Drv # Stock Tuned Stock Tuned Racing Rating
                                      Trn G HP    HP    Wt.   Wt.   Wt.      
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Integra GS-R                      FF  5 171   303   2667  2078  1785   Poor
    
    Integra Type R                    FF  5 189   361   2594  2023  1737   Fair
    
    NSX '91                           MR  5 268   490   3009  2345  2015   Good
         BUG: The "Info" screen for the '91 NSX references the info for the
         current NSX rather than the '91-'93. View the '93 NSX for the real info.
    NSX '93                           MR  5 268   490   3020  2354  2021   Good
         The problem of the older NSXs' relatively weaker power-to-weight ratio
         is compounded by their 5-speed transmission, so be prepared to work hard
         to obtain their full potential.
    
    NSX                               MR  6 285   534   3068  2391  2054   Good
    
    NSX Type S                        MR  6 285   534   2910  2268  1948   Great
    NSX Type S Zero                   MR  6 285   534   2799  2182  1873   Great
    
    [R]NSX-R LM GT2                   MR  6       541               2314   Great
    
    
    Mazda (23 entries, 18 distinct)
    =====
    All overall ratings are estimates.
    =====
    Name                              Drv # Stock Tuned Stock Tuned Racing Rating
                                      Trn G HP    HP    Wt.   Wt.   Wt.      
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Demio LX G Package                FF  5 77    202   2006  1563  1342   Bad
         Least powerful stock car; lightest commercially available car; worst
         power-to-weight ratio in a stock car.
    Demio GL                          FF  5 94    211   2116  1649  1417   Bad
    Demio GL-X                        FF  5 94    211   2116  1649  1417   Bad
    
    *Demio A spec                     FF  5 94    211   1807  1408  1210   Poor
         Awarded in Sunday Cup event; silver.  Lightest car.
    
    Lantis Coupe 2000 Type R          FF  5 169   326   2733  2131  1829   Fair
    
    Eunos Roadster '89 Normal         FR  5 114   194   2160  1684  1446   Bad
    Eunos Roadster '90 V-Special      FR  5 114   194   2182  1701  1461   Bad
    Eunos Roadster '92 S-Special      FR  5 114   194   2182  1701  1461   Bad
         Least powerful rear-wheel drive cars.
    Eunos Roadster Normal             FR  5 127   233   2160  1684  1446   Poor
    Eunos Roadster S-Special          FR  5 127   233   2182  1701  1461   Poor
    Eunos Roadster V-Special          FR  5 127   233   2182  1701  1461   Poor
    *Eunos Roadster                   FR  5 127   233   2182  1701  1461   Poor
         Awarded in Lightweight Battle event; yellow, gold, or lavender.
    
    FC Savanna RX-7 GT-X              FR  5 199   429   2755  2341  1984   Fair
    FC Savanna RX-7 Efini III         FR  5 204   432   2645  2248  1904   Fair
    
    Eunos Cosmo 13B Type S CCS        FR  4 220   506   3350  2848  2411   Fair
    Eunos Cosmo 20B Type E CCS        FR  4 270   673   3615  3073  2601   Good
    
    FD Efini RX-7 '91 Type R          FR  5 256   527   2777  2361  1999   Good
    
    FD Efini RX-7 Touring X           FR  4 256   527   2932  2491  2109   Good
    FD Efini RX-7 Type RB             FR  5 256   527   2777  2361  1999   Good
    FD Efini RX-7 Type RZ             FR  5 256   527   2755  2341  1984   Good
    FD Efini RX-7 A spec              FR  5 256   527   2689  2286  1935   Good
         BUG: The RX-7 A spec seems to have zero downforce (all other cars have
         at least a little).  This can only be fixed with racing modification.
    
    [R]RX-7 LM Edition                FR  6       588               2116   Great
    
    *[R]RX-7 A spec LM Edition        FR  6       570               2314   Great
         Awarded in UK Vs. US event; green or purple.
    
    
    Mitsubishi (22 entries, 18 distinct)
    ==========
    Name                              Drv # Stock Tuned Stock Tuned Racing Rating
                                      Trn G HP    HP    Wt.   Wt.   Wt.      
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Galant VR-G Touring               FF  5 142   168   2733  2131  1829   Worst
         Least powerful tuned car.  Worst power-to-weight ratio in a tuned car.
    
    Mirage '92 Cyborg R               FF  5 167   265   2292  1787  1534   Poor
    
    Mirage Asti RX                    FF  5 167   265   2358  1838  1578   Poor
    
    FTO '94 GR                        FF  5 161   328   2535  1977  1697   Fair
    FTO GR                            FF  5 171   326   2535  1977  1697   Fair
    FTO '94 GPX                       FF  5 189   364   2579  2010  1726   Fair
    FTO GPX                           FF  5 189   364   2579  2010  1726   Fair
    FTO GP Version R                  FF  5 189   364   2535  1977  1697   Fair
         Best power-to-weight ratio in a tuned front-wheel drive car.
    
    Eclipse GT                        FF  5 216   378   2932  2491  2109   Fair
         Most powerful front-wheel drive car.
    
    Lancer EvolutionIII GSR           4WD 5 259   477   2777  2361  1999   Good
         Mysterious Fact: The Lancer III's final gear ratio can be increased to
         as high as 5.5 (other cars only go to 5.0).
    
    Lancer EvolutionIV GSR            4WD 5 268   492   2976  2528  2142   Good
    *Lancer EvolutionIV GSR           4WD 5 268   492   2976  2528  2142   Good
         Awarded in 4WD Challenge event; yellow, blue-green, or purple.
    
    Galant VR-4                       4WD 5 272   783   3262  2773  2347   Great
    
    GTO '92                           4WD 5 214   381   3637  2837  2436   Fair
    GTO '95 SR                        4WD 5 214   381   3637  2837  2436   Fair
         Worst power-to-weight ratios in stock four-wheel drive.
    GTO SR                            4WD 5 214   381   3549  2766  2376   Fair
    
    GTO '92 Twin Turbo                4WD 5 310   928   3769  3203  2713   Great
    GTO '95 Twin Turbo                4WD 6 311   930   3769  3203  2713   Great
    GTO Twin Turbo                    4WD 6 311   930   3769  3203  2713   Great
         Heaviest four-wheel drive cars.
    GTO '95 MR                        4WD 6 311   930   3703  3148  2665   Great
         Most powerful commercially available stock four-wheel drive cars.
    
    [R]GTO LM Edition                 4WD 7       604               2821   Great
         Heaviest racing-spec car.
    
    *[R]FTO LM Edition                4WD 6       541               2050   Great
         Awarded in US Vs. Japan event; black or green.
    
    
    Toyota (30 entries, 24 distinct)
    ======
    Some overall ratings are estimates.
    ======
    Name                              Drv # Stock Tuned Stock Tuned Racing Rating
                                      Trn G HP    HP    Wt.   Wt.   Wt.      
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Starlet Glanza V                  FF  5 131   217   2028  1723  1459   Poor
    
    AE86 Corolla Levin GT-APEX        FR  5 133   226   2039  1589  1364   Poor
    AE86 Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX      FR  5 133   226   2039  1589  1364   Poor
    *AE86 Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX     FR  5 133   226   2039  1589  1364   Poor
         Awarded in Hard-Tuned Car event; white, pink, or blue.
         Lightest rear-wheel drive cars.                                   
    
    Corolla Levin BZ-G                FF  5 158   237   2270  1770  1521   Poor
    Sprinter Trueno BZ-G              FF  5 158   237   2270  1770  1521   Poor
    
    Corona Exiv 200GT                 FF  5 177   326   2645  2063  1772   Fair
    Celica SS-II                      FF  5 177   326   2645  2063  1772   Fair
    *Celica SS-II                     FF  5 177   326   2689  2096  1801   Fair
         Awarded in FF Challenge event; yellow, blue-green, or purple.
    
    MR2 G-Limited                     MR  5 167   331   2733  2131  1829   Fair
    MR2 GT-S                          MR  5 243   477   2821  2398  2030   Good
    
    Celica GT-Four                    4WD 5 245   479   3042  2585  2189   Good
    
    Mark II '92 Tourer S              FR  4 175   262   3020  2354  2021   Poor
         Worst power-to-weight ratio in a tuned rear-wheel drive car.
    Mark II '92 Tourer V              FR  5 266   611   3196  2716  2301   Good
    
    MA70 Supra GT Turbo Limited       FR  5 230   585   3417  2903  2460   Fair
    JZA70 Supra Twin Turbo-R          FR  5 268   669   3350  2848  2411   Good
    
    Chaser Tourer S                   FR  4 192   285   3086  2407  2067   Poor
    Chaser Tourer V                   FR  5 286   728   3240  2753  2332   Good
    
    Soarer '95 2.5GT-T                FR  5 266   760   3461  2940  2491   Great
    Soarer 2.5GT-T VVT-i              FR  5 269   789   3439  2923  2475   Great
    *Soarer 2.5GT-T VVT-i             FR  5 269   789   3439  2923  2475   Great
         Awarded in Megaspeed event; yellow, red-orange, or purple.
    
    Supra '95 SZ-R                    FR  6 213   377   3152  2458  2112   Fair
    Supra SZ-R                        FR  6 213   377   3196  2493  2140   Fair
    Supra '95 RZ                      FR  6 291   883   3284  2791  2363   Great
    Supra RZ                          FR  6 300   910   3328  2828  2396   Great
         Most power & best power-to-weight ratio in a tuned rear-wheel drive car.
    *Supra RZ                         FR  6 300   897   3328  2828  2396   Great
         Awarded in Normal Car event; dark orange, light blue, or purple.
    
    *TRD 3000GT                       FR  6 291   869   3328  2828  2396   Great
         Awarded in A License test; silver.  Has far better suspension and
         aerodynamics than the Supra RZ.
    
    [R]Castrol Supra GT               FR  7       646               2535   Great
    *[R]Castrol Supra GT              FR  7       646               2535   Great
         Awarded in Grand Valley 300 event; black/red with green or blue trim.
     
    *[R]Chaser LM Edition             FR  6       655               2777   Good
         Awarded in GT Cup event; black.
    
    
    Subaru (18 entries)
    ======
    General Weirdness: The "Info" screens for the various Impreza sedans and
    wagons are totally messed up.  Some WRX's reference the WRX-STi info and vice
    versa.  Fortunately, the ones most worth getting (the '94 Wagon and '95
    Sedan) have correct "Info" screens.
    All overall ratings are estimates.
    ======
    Name                              Drv # Stock Tuned Stock Tuned Racing Rating
                                      Trn G HP    HP    Wt.   Wt.   Wt.      
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Alcyone SVX Version L             4WD 5 227   452   3571  2784  2391   Fair
    Alcyone SVX S4                    4WD 5 227   452   3505  2733  2347   Fair
    *Alcyone SVX S4                   4WD 5 227   447   3505  2733  2347   Fair
         Awarded in 4WD Challege event; white, blue, or purple.
    
    Legacy '93 Touring Wagon GT       4WD 5 239   494   3064  2603  2204   Fair
    Legacy Touring Wagon GT-B         4WD 5 270   492   3152  2678  2268   Fair
    
    Legacy '93 Touring Sport RS       4WD 5 239   494   3020  2566  2173   Fair
    Legacy Touring Sedan RS           4WD 5 270   492   3042  2585  2189   Fair
    
    Impreza '94 Wagon WRX             4WD 5 250   567   2821  2398  2030   Good
    Impreza '95 Wagon WRX-STi ver.II  4WD 5 250   477   2821  2398  2030   Good
    Impreza '96 Wagon WRX             4WD 5 236   494   2843  2416  2045   Good
    Impreza '96 Wagon WRX-STi ver.III 4WD 5 270   494   2865  2436  2063   Good
    
    Impreza '94 Sedan WRX             4WD 5 211   404   2799  2378  2015   Fair
    Impreza '95 Sedan WRX-STi ver.II  4WD 5 266   506   2733  2323  1966   Good
    Impreza '96 Sedan WRX             4WD 5 268   494   2755  2341  1984   Good
    Impreza '96 Sedan WRX-STi ver.III 4WD 5 270   494   2755  2341  1984   Good
    
    *Impreza Sedan WRX-STi ver.III    4WD 5 270   494   2689  2286  1935   Good
         Awarded in Normal Car event; yellow, orange, or blue.  Tied with Nissan
         Pulsar '91 GTi-R for lightest four-wheel drive car.
    
    Impreza WRX-STi Type R            4WD 5 270   494   2733  2323  1966   Good
         Best power-to-weight ratio in a commercially available stock 4WD.
    
    [R]Impreza Rally Edition          4WD 6       575               2160   Great
    
    
    Chevrolet (4 entries, 2 distinct)
    =========
    Name                              Drv # Stock Tuned Stock Tuned Racing Rating
                                      Trn G HP    HP    Wt.   Wt.   Wt.      
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Camaro Z28                        FR  4 279   415   3461  2698  2317   Fair
    *Camaro Z28 30th Anniversary      FR  4 279   415   3461  2698  2317   Fair
         Awarded in Clubman Cup event; white with orange stripes.
    
    Corvette '96 Coupe                FR  6 323   479   3218  2508  2156   Good
    Corvette '96 Grand Sport          FR  6 323   479   3218  2508  2156   Good
    
    
    Dodge (5 entries)
    =====
    Name                              Drv # Stock Tuned Stock Tuned Racing Rating
                                      Trn G HP    HP    Wt.   Wt.   Wt.      
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    *Concept Car                      FR  5 213   249   2160  1684         Poor
         Awarded in B License test; orange-red.  Inability to fit a racing body
         lowered this car's fully tuned rating.  Good as a normal car, however.
    
    Viper RT/10                       FR  6 440   572   3187  2484  2134   Great
    Viper GTS                         FR  6 440   578   3240  2526  2169   Great
         Most powerful stock cars.
    
    *[R]Concept Car                   FR  6       560               1329   Best
         Awarded in UK Vs. US event; yellow or purple.  Lightest racing-spec car;
         best power-to-weight ratio in the game!
    
    *[R]Viper GTS-R                   FR  7       680               2753   Great
         Awarded in US Vs. Japan event; white with green or blue stripes.
         Most powerful racing-spec car.
    
    
    Aston Martin (3 entries, 2 distinct)
    ============
    Name                              Drv # Stock Tuned Stock Tuned Racing Rating
                                      Trn G HP    HP    Wt.   Wt.   Wt.      
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DB7 Coupe                         FR  5 328   424   3802  3231  2738   Poor
    *DB7 Coupe                        FR  5 328   424   3802  3231  2738   Poor
         Awarded in Megaspeed event; white, orange-red, or purple.
    DB7 Volante                       FR  5 328   424   4133  3511  2976   Poor
         Heaviest car.
    
    
    TVR (4 entries)
    ===
    Name                              Drv # Stock Tuned Stock Tuned Racing Rating
                                      Trn G HP    HP    Wt.   Wt.   Wt.      
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Griffith 4.0                      FR  5 327   430   2336  1820  1565   Great
    Griffith 500                      FR  5 333   430   2336  1820  1565   Great
         Best power-to-weight ratio in a stock car!
    
    Cerbera                           FR  5 343   436   2425  1891  1624   Great
    
    *[R]Cerbera LM Edition            FR  6       581               1984   Great
         Awarded in UK Vs. Japan event; gray with red or green trim.
    
    +-------------------+
    | Prize Car Listing |
    +-------------------+
    This list isn't anything that's not in the big list above, it's just a quick
    reference to the prize cars, sorted by race.  
    
    
    License Test
    ============
    B License Test
    *Dodge Concept Car (orange-red)
    
    A License Test
    *TRD 3000GT (silver)
    
    IA License Test
    *Nismo 400R (silver, gray, red, or yellow)
    
    
    GT League
    =========
    Sunday Cup
    *Mazda Demio A spec (silver)
    
    Clubman Cup
    *Chevrolet Camaro Z28 30th Anniversary (white with orange stripes)
    
    GT Cup
    *Toyota Chaser LM Edition (black)
    
    GT World Cup
    No car is awarded; the "GT Hi-Fi" mode will appear in the Special Event menu.
    
    
    Special Event
    =============
    FF Challenge
    *Honda CR-X EF-8 Si-R (black, yellow, or purple)
    *Toyota Celica SS-II (yellow, blue-green, or purple)
    
    FR Challenge
    *Nissan S13 Silvia Q's 1800cc (yellow, brown, or blue-green)
    *Nissan Sil Eighty (yellow, blue, or purple)
    
    4WD Challenge
    *Mitsubishi Lancer EvolutionIV GSR (yellow, blue-green, or purple)
    *Subaru Alcyone SVX S4 (white, blue, or purple)
    
    Lightweight Sports Battle Stage
    *Honda EK Civic Type R (pink, yellow, or blue)
    *Mazda Eunos Roadster (yellow, gold, or lavender)
    
    US Vs. Japan
    *[R]Dodge Viper GTS-R (white with green stripes or white with blue stripes)
    *[R]Mitsubishi FTO LM Edition (black or green)
    
    UK Vs. Japan
    *[R]TVR Cerbera LM Edition (gray with red trim or gray with green trim)
    *[R]Honda del Sol LM Edition (black or red)
    
    US Vs. UK
    *[R]Dodge Concept Car (yellow or purple)
    *[R]Mazda RX-7 A spec LM Edition (green or purple)
    
    Megaspeed Cup
    *Aston Martin DB7 Coupe (white, orange-red, or purple)
    *Toyota Soarer 2.5GT-T VVT-i (yellow, red-orange, or purple)
    
    Normal Car World Speed Contest
    *Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX-STi Ver.III (yellow, orange, or blue)
    *Toyota Supra RZ (dark orange, light blue, or purple)
    
    Grand Valley 300 Endurance Race
    *[R]Toyota Castrol Supra GT (black, red, and green, or black, red, and blue)
    
    Hard-Tuned Car Speed Contest
    *Toyota AE86 Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX (white, pink, or blue)
    *Nissan R32 Skyline '91 GT-R (red, yellow, or blue)
    
    All-Night Endurance Race
    *[R]Nissan S14 Silvia LM Edition (red or ectoplasm green)
    
    All-Night II Endurance Race
    *Nismo GT-R LM (silver)
    
    +--------------------------+
    | Gran Turismo's Best Cars |
    +--------------------------+
    I added this section to help fill out where this list is lacking; it contains
    a few more subjective lists that I hope you'll find useful.  I like these
    more because they let me inject color commentary. :) :) :)
    
    
    Best Bargain Cars
    =================
    First, the "bargain" cars.  When you first start Simulation Mode, you only
    have 10,000 credits to your name, and amongst the various dealers' used car
    lots, about twenty different cars to choose from with which to start your
    career in the Sunday Cup.  Here are my top picks from the El Cheapo
    department.
    
    7. Mitsubishi GTO '92
         This car makes the list because it's one of only two bargain-priced 4WD
         cars.  The other cheap 4WD is the R32 Skyline GTS-4, which is a better
         car in stock form, but I have to give the nod to the GTO for better
         expandability (it can get as high as 381 HP).  Only buy this car if
         you're hellbent on starting out with a 4WD, and do it right away--a
         cheap '92 GTO is only available for the first 9 career days.  And for
         god's sake, spend your remaining cash on weight reduction! :)
    6. Mazda FC Savanna RX-7 GT-X
         This RX-7 has a good mix of power and weight for a starting car.  It has
         better expandability than the front-wheel drive cars on this list, but
         still not as much as the Supra or Silvia.  No bells and whistles, just a
         decent turbo-engined FR car.
    5. Mitsubishi Mirage '92 Cyborg R
         The Mirage Cyborg R is a fairly good FF car with straightforward
         handling.  It's neither hugely powerful nor very upgradeable, but it's
         capable of winning the Sunday Cup with no modification and is eligible
         for the Lightweight Battle down the road.
    4. Toyota MA70 Supra GT Turbo Limited
         This is the most powerful ride you'll find for under 10K beans.  It's
         also expandable to a whopping 585 HP!  However, since it is rear-wheel
         drive and badly in need of some time on the Jenny Craig program, it's a
         bit tough to handle.  Avoid this car if you're inexperienced, or it'll
         be, in the words of one Usenet reader, "time to make the donuts!"
    3. Honda Prelude '94 VTEC
         The '94 Prelude is a superbly powerful, easy to handle front-wheel drive
         car.  If a heavy chassis doesn't bother you as long as you've got muscle
         under the hood, then this Prelude is for you.  Though not a turbo, it
         can still be tuned up to a healthy 377 HP, which is very high for an FF.
    2. Nissan S13 Silvia '88 K's 1800cc
         Though nothing special in stock form, this car has great expandability
         (492 HP fully tuned) which, combined with its light(er) weight, makes it
         a great value for your money.  Not only that, but its purchase price is
         so low, you can spend your remaining cash on some upgrades right away!
    1. Honda Civic '93 3Door Si
         This is without a doubt the all-around best front-wheel drive car you
         can afford with your starting cash.  Its power may be nothing special,
         but its light weight makes it very speedy and nimble.  This car is also
         eligible (and awesome) for the Lightweight Battle.
    
    
    Best Front-Wheel Drive Cars
    ===========================
    Unfortunately, no front-wheel drive car in the big list earned even a "Good"
    rating.  The front-wheel drive cars simply don't have the potential of the
    other drivetrains, and because they get such a shaft when compared with other
    cars, here's a rundown of the most effective FF cars.  The Civic, Integra,
    and FTO are best bets in the Lightweight event as well.
    
    7. Honda Civic '93 3Door Si
         Mentioned above as a good car to start with, this Civic just keeps on
         going and going.  Upgraded to racing-spec parts and turbo aspiration, it
         can embarrass the Vipers and NSXs in the Sunday Cup easily.  Racing
         modification makes this car likely to overreact to bumps, though.
    6. Nissan Primera '95 2.0Te
         Nissan's only FF car is a solid one, with consistent handling and very
         good power delivery.  The '90 version is okay at best, because its
         handling is a little too slippery.
    5. Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
         A big ol' turbo engine makes this the most powerful front-wheel drive
         car.  Unfortunately, it also has a big ol' butt, so its cornering 
         ability is not too spectacular.
    4 & 3. Honda Prelude & Prelude '94 VTEC
         As powerful as the turbocharged Eclipse but lighter when fully tuned.
         I hate to include the current-model Preludes in here as I think they're
         butt-ugly, but they're as good as the older ones in tuned performance.
    2. Acura Integra Type R
         In addition to its excellent power (for a front-wheel drive) and light
         weight, the Integra has amazingly responsive steering.  Unlike most FFs,
         it doesn't need a tap on the brakes at corner entry to avoid understeer.
    1. Mitsubishi FTO GP Version R
         Though they suffer from more understeer than the Integra, in the end the
         higher power and lighter weight of the FTOs gives them the advantage.
         The GP Version R is the best of the many FTO sub-models, though they're
         all quite good.
    
    Best Normal Cars
    ================
    Since the ratings in this list reflect the cars' potential when fully tuned,
    I feel it necessary to give some recognition to the cars that most excel with
    no tuning.  These are, of course, the cars you'll want to go to for the
    Normal Car event (and they're all capable of winning it even when the NSX is
    around).
    
    7. Subaru Impreza WRX-STi Type R
         This two-door version of the Impreza Sedan is not quite as nice as the
         prize version awarded by the Normal event, but it's still the best stock
         4WD car that you can buy in a store.
    6. Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX-STi Ver.III
         This is the super-light prize version awarded by the Normal event.  Not
         as good as the Nismo 400R, but it's a lot easier to get.  Too bad you'll
         still have to win Normal (presumably with something else) to get one.
    5. Acura NSX Type S Zero
         Fight fire with fire, they say (though RPG players use ice).  The NSX's
         mid-engine configuration can make it tricky to drive at first, but soon
         you'll find its well-distributed, light weight lets you catapult through
         corners without even bothering to brake.
    4. TVR Griffith 500
         TVR's cute little roadster.  You probably hated the Griffith in the IA
         license tests, but the fact remains that the Griffith 500 has the best
         power-to-weight ratio of any normal car in the game--period.  Like the
         Cerbera, its handling is a little mushy, but practice makes perfect.
    3. TVR Cerbera
         TVR's hardtop wonder stuffs a 343HP V8 into a tiny tiny 2500-pound body.
         Don't try to go all the way on the first date with the Cerbera--buy it
         some flowers, take it out for a few nice dinners.  Then it'll love you
         forever. :) :) :)
    2. Nismo 400R
         Though it's absurdly difficult to obtain without a cheat, the Nismo 400R
         is the most bad-ass stock 4WD in the game.  It doesn't quite have the
         demonic acceleration of the Vipers, but its 4WD makes it easier to drive.
    1. Dodge Viper RT/10
         The hellacious 440HP V10 makes this the best stock car in the game (it's
         a touch lighter than the GTS).  Though it's rear-wheel drive, it's quite
         easy to keep under control thanks to its mega-wide tires.  Awesome.
    
    
    Best Arcade Mode Cars
    =====================
    GT's Arcade Mode is a neat little addition that's an excellent way to get
    started with the game and handling cars of various drivetrains.  To release
    the various bonus items, you have to win each race three times, with cars
    from classes A, B, and C.  Some cars stand out above the rest within their
    class:
    
    7. Honda Civic '93 3Door Si
         Quite simply, this is the only Class C car you'll ever need.  It totally
         outshines the other cars in the class.
    6. Mazda FC Savanna RX-7 Efini III
         Until the Toyota cars are released, this is your best bet for Class B.
         It doesn't have the high-end power of the Eclipse, though, so be sure to
         block on the straightaways.
    5. Toyota Soarer 2.5GT-T VVT-i
         Probably the best Class B car.  A little harder to handle than the RX-7
         above, but Arcade Mode cars have such forgiving handling in general that
         this shouldn't be a problem.
    4. Chevrolet Corvette '67 427 Coupe
         This Arcade Mode exclusive has nosebleed inducing acceleration compared
         to the imports, but it handles like a... how do you say?  Ah, yes--turd.
         The NSX is more nimble, and the Skyline more forgiving, but this is the
         fastest car that the initial selection has to offer.
    3. Subaru Impreza '96 Sedan WRX-STi Version III
         The best 4-wheel drive car in Arcade Mode, the Impreza has very good
         acceleration and stupid good handling.
    2. TVR Griffith 500
         A speedy car indeed, but the transition to Arcade Mode didn't seem to
         help the TVRs as much as it did the Viper--the Griffith and Cerbera
         still retain some of the quirks in their handling.
    1. Dodge Viper GTS
         The Viper is absolutely heinous in Arcade Mode--as if the Simulation
         version didn't handle well enough considering its huge power delivery,
         the Arcade Mode version has even better grip characteristics.
    
    
    Best Racing-Spec Cars
    =====================
    I kind of copped out and gave all the racing-spec cars (LMs and Special
    Models) "Great" ratings.  Even the weakest racing-spec cars are a cut above
    racing-modified stock cars because they have far better downforce, gearboxes,
    and powerbands, but there are a half-dozen racing-spec cars that absolutely
    stand out above the rest.  These are the best cars Gran Turismo has to offer,
    and will allow you to win any race and look good doing it.
    
    6. Subaru Impreza Rally Edition
         The Impreza has nearly flawless handling and is the better 4WD 500K
         Special Model available.  As its name implies, it smokes on the rally-
         style Special Stage R11 course, and is a perfect pick for the All-Night
         I event.  The trademark Subaru close gear ratios give it blistering
         acceleration at the cost of top speed, so be sure to lower the final
         gear ratio on tracks with straightaways and long sweeping bends.
    5. Mazda RX-7 LM Edition
         This is the other 500K Special Model well worth investing in.  It's
         powerful, light, and extremely nimble, and being a saucy RX-7, it's a
         helluva lot more fun to drive than the "safer" 4WD cars.  The rush to be
         had from driving entire races *this close* to spinning out is something
         unmatched by the conservative handling of 4WD cars.
    4. Mitsubishi FTO LM Edition
         Though racing US Vs. Japan repeatedly to get this car is time consuming,
         it is well worth the effort. The FTO LM Edition is a fabulous all-around
         racer that's absurdly easy to drive.  While it doesn't have the flat-out
         speed potential of the best rear-wheel drive LM cars, its forgiving
         handling and 4WD make it a great choice for the endurance races.
    3. Honda del Sol LM Edition
         Why Honda picked the del Sol to make an LM out of, I have no idea.  But
         rejoice!  It is far and away the finest mid-engine car in Gran Turismo.
         The del Sol LM drifts so well that you can hurl it into turns without
         even hitting the brakes first.  Too bad it's so hard to obtain--you may
         have to race and win UK Vs. Japan many, many times before it comes up.
         (So many, in fact, that this car almost obtained "myth" status.:)
    2. TVR Cerbera LM Edition
         The Cerbera's slutty older sister that you *can* go all the way with on
         the first date.  This car is just so damned good that I can't even find
         words for it.  It's the best alternative to the Concept Car if you're
         looking for a car you can race right out of the box, without having to
         fiddle with its setup, and still destroy everyone and everything.
    1. Dodge Concept Car
         The greatest overall car in the game comes with one caveat: it can
         barely stay on the road under its default suspension settings.  It's
         necessary to put some time into tweaking this car's suspension and
         transmission settings before it can be truly competitive, but once it
         is--look out!  It can go from 0 to 200 and back in the blink of an eye,
         and in the words of Usenet reader Simon Palko, it "can corner like a
         bastard".  As good as it gets.
    
    
    +-------------+
    | Final Words |
    +-------------+
    I hope everyone that reads this finds it a useful reference that helps them
    enjoy Gran Turismo more (and spend less time buying and tuning cars just to
    find out they suck).  For information on car tuning and settings, try Jet
    Jaguar's excellent GT Tuning FAQ, also available at www.gamefaqs.com.  Feel
    free to contact me at connoy@mailcity.com with any comments on this list, but
    please try not to be too hostile if you feel your favorite/least favorite car
    got shafted/praised by my rating system. :)
    
    +---------+
    | Credits |
    +---------+
    Thanks to:
    
    Simon James Palko for that colorful "corners like a bastard" quote.
    Whoever uploaded "gran_turismo_e.gme" to the DexDrive site at cheatcc.com.
    Matt Ma (matma@home.com) for a few great list suggestions for the "GT's Best
         Cars" section.
    Jeff "CJayC" Veasey (cjayc@gamefaqs.com) for hosting this list at
         www.gamefaqs.com (always check there for the latest version!)
    Adrian Pepper for various comments and suggestions.
    
    All the fine folks on rec.games.video.sony, for keeping Gran Turismo alive
    even almost a year after its release.
    

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